Note: This program is for CU Boulder faculty only.
Note: This page will be updated if NSF releases new information.

    Are you considering submitting an NSF Faculty Career Development Program (CAREER) award proposal in 2022? Do you feel ready to submit a CAREER proposal at this point in your faculty appointment? RIO's 2022 NSF CAREER Commit-to-Submit Writing Program can help get you there.

    Led by Research & Innovation Office Proposal Writer Diane Carillo, this program is designed to support your proposal development from start to finish through individual/one-on-one writing and proposal development coaching, optional peer writing groups, and red team reviews. Participants will learn the ins and outs of writing a competitive NSF CAREER proposal with the goal of submitting a strong proposal by the deadline.

    On this page:

    1. To Register for RIO’s NSF CAREER Commit-to-Submit Writing Program Kickoff Workshop (Virtual)

    The virtual CAREER Kickoff Workshop was held on Friday, February 18, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The purpose of the workshop is to begin thinking about your readiness as a PI to submit an NSF CAREER award proposal. You will also get a chance to hear from some past CAREER award winners.  All eligible faculty interested in learning more are invited to watch the recording.

    Watch the Recording on Stream

    To access Microsoft Stream, CU Boulder users will need to log into Microsoft Office 365 with their IdentiKey log-in credentials.

    Diane’s 2022 NSF CAREER Readiness HandoutGetting Ready to Submit an NSF CAREER Proposal--Things to do...Things to Think About.

      2. To Register for RIO’s NSF CAREER Commit-to-Submit Writing Program

      Email Diane Carillo at to join RIO’s NSF CAREER Commit-to-Submit Writing Program.
      For full participation in the program, register with Diane today or no later than Friday, February 25, 2022. After February 25, contact Diane to discuss scheduling.

      *Attention College of Engineering and Applied Science Faculty: Please note that if you are a faculty member in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), you will work with CEAS Research Support Assistant Director Molly Riddell ( to support the development of your NSF CAREER proposal. You are encouraged to attend RIO’s CAREER Kickoff Workshop. Everyone from CEAS is welcome. 

      3. To Register for Understanding NSF’s Broader Impacts Criteria with Head of OIA, Alicia Knoedler

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      The CU Boulder, Research & Innovation Office is hosting this CU event open to all campuses.

      • Who: All CU Faculty and Research Staff
      • When: Thursday, March 17, 2022, 2-3:30 p.m. MT
      • Where: Virtual via Zoom

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      NSF CAREER Broader Impacts Support

      NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) NSF 22-586

      Synopsis of Program:

      • The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.
      • CAREER Program Page:
      • Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.
      • NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.
      • Funding is for a minimum of $400,000 for the five-year grant period.
      • Deadline for All NSF Directorates:  Wednesday, July 27, 2022 (Fourth Wednesday in July, Annually Thereafter)

      Eligibility: Per NSF, “The PI needs to meet all eligibility criteria as of the annual deadline.” As of July 27, 2022:

      “Proposers must meet all of the following eligibility requirements as of the annual deadline:

      • Hold a doctoral degree in a field supported by NSF;
      • Be engaged in research in an area of science, engineering, or education supported by NSF;
      • Hold at least a 50% tenure-track (or tenure-track-equivalent*) position as an assistant professor (or equivalent title);
      • Be untenured; and
      • Have not previously received a CAREER award. (Prior or concurrent Federal support for other types of awards for nonduplicative research does not preclude eligibility.)

      *Tenure-Track Equivalency - For a position to be considered a tenure-track-equivalent position, it must meet all of the following requirements:

      1. the employee has a continuing appointment that is expected to last the five years of a CAREER grant;
      2. the appointment has substantial research and educational responsibilities; and
      3. the proposed project relates to the employee's career goals and job responsibilities as well as to the mission of the department or organization.

      As stated in the Proposal Preparation Instructions, for non-tenure-track faculty, the Departmental Letter must affirm that the investigator's appointment is at an early-career level equivalent to pre-tenure status, and the Departmental Letter must clearly and convincingly demonstrate how the faculty member's appointment satisfies all the above requirements of tenure-track equivalency.

      Faculty members who are Associate Professors or in equivalent appointments, with or without tenure, are not eligible for the CAREER program. Faculty members who hold Adjunct Faculty or equivalent appointments are not eligible for the CAREER program.


      Research in NSF area:

      • Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)
      • Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)
      • Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)
      • Director for Engineering (ENG)*
      • Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)
      • Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
      • Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)
      • Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)
      • Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE)

      CU Boulder NSF CAREER Award Recipient List
      CU Boulder is fortunate to have over 140 NSF CAREER award recipients on campus. See the CU Boulder NSF CAREER Community webpage for a list of awardees.

      NSF CAREER Important Documents and Links

      Additional CAREER Resources