Note: This program is for CU Boulder faculty only.

    Are you considering submitting an NSF Faculty Career Development Program (CAREER) award proposal in 2023? 2023 NSF CAREER Solicitation (NSF 22-586)
    Do you feel ready to submit a CAREER proposal at this point in your faculty appointment? RIO's 2023 NSF CAREER Commit-to-Submit Writing Program can help!

    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, red team reviews, and proposal draft 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.

    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. 

    On this page:

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

    Register for our virtual CAREER Kickoff Workshop. 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 in all departments interested in learning more are welcome and invited to join us for this virtual event!  All eligible faculty across campus are encouraged to attend.

    • Who: Assistant Professors ​and Eligible PIs with Tenure-Track Equivalency per NSF's eligibility criteria
    • When: Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 12-1:30 p.m. MT
    • Where: Virtual via Zoom

    Please come prepared to HAVE YOUR CAMERA ON so that you may start getting to know the rest of the 2023 NSF CAREER cohort and to engage in this participatory workshop.

    Register Here

      2. 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 Wednesday, March 1, 2023. After March 1, contact Diane to discuss scheduling.


      Engineering Faculty, email Molly Riddell at to sign up for CEAS’ CAREER Proposal Support.

      3. NSF CAREER Broader Impacts Support

      • Broader Impacts Network: The Broader Impacts Network (BIN) is CU Boulder’s central campus source connecting the research and creative works community with the partners, tools, and resources needed to successfully develop and implement socially significant broader impacts. NSF requires a robust Broader Impacts discussion.  Broader Impacts is one of NSF’s main merit review criteria.
      • You can view a recorded version of the 2021 Broader Impacts Workshop at this link.
      • 2023 Broader Impacts Network Expo: Campus specialists will share resources and guidance to help you plan the effective integration of broader impacts activities into your research, including how to develop your broader impacts identity and create your plan as well as tools for evaluation. All faculty & research staff are welcome to join us Thursday, March 2, 2021, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
        Register Here

      4. 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.
      • 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; minimum funding may vary by Directorate.)
      • Deadline for All NSF Directorates:  Wednesday, July 26, 2023
        (Fourth Wednesday in July, Annually Thereafter)

      Eligibility Per NSF:  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.


      5. NSF CAREER Important Documents and Links

      CU Boulder NSF CAREER Award Recipient List
      CU Boulder is fortunate to have close to 200 NSF CAREER award recipients on campus. See the CU Boulder NSF CAREER Community webpage for a list of awardees.