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CAREER Workshop April 9, 2014. FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY. Overview of the CAREER Program. Beth Hodges Director, Office of Proposal Development. What is CAREER’s Purpose.

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Career workshop april 9 2014

CAREER WorkshopApril 9, 2014


Overview of the

CAREER Program

Beth Hodges

Director, Office of Proposal Development

What is career s purpose

What is CAREER’s Purpose

  • CAREER Awards provide recipients the opportunity to enhance their professional career development, better integrate their research and education responsibilities and build academic leadership abilities.

  • All National Science Foundation directorates participate in the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, designed to support junior faculty in their dual roles as teacher-scholars.

More about the award

More About the Award

  • Is based on a development plan, “a well-argued and specific proposal for activities that will, over a 5-year period, build a firm foundation for a lifetime of contributions to research and education”

  • Duration: 5 years

  • Strategic Planning

  • Where are you today?

  • Where do you want to be in the future (5, 10, 20 years from now)?

  • How do you get from here to there?

Am i eligible

Am I Eligible?

  • Eligible CAREER Award Principal Investigators:

    • Hold a doctoral degree in a field supported by NSF

    • Are employed in a tenure-track (or tenure-track-equivalent) position as an assistant professor (or equivalent title) or will be by October 1 following the deadline for submission of CAREER proposals

    • Will be untenureduntil October 1 following the deadline

    • Have not received a previous CAREER award

    • Have not submitted to CAREER more than twice previously.


    • Not for Associate Professors

    • No Citizenship Requirement (except PECASE)

Award limits proposals budgets

Award Limits: Proposals & Budgets

  • Proposal Limits: Principal investigators may only submit one CAREER Award proposal per competition. Faculty members are limited to participation in threeCAREER Award competitions.

  • Budget Limits: CAREER Award budgets currently have a minimum $400K limit (total costs) for five-year projects (the Biological Directorate and the Office of Polar Programs stipulate a minimum of $500K.)

    Minimum figures also represent the general maximums you can expect. You will want to discuss these budget limits with your program officer.

Proposal deadlines for 2014

Proposal Deadlines for 2014

July 21, 2014

Biological Sciences,

Computer & Information, Science & Engineering,

Education and Education & Human Resources


July 22, 2014

Directorate for Engineering


July 23, 2014


Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

What is pecase

What is PECASE

  • Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

  • Many agencies participate. Selection based on two criteria:

    • innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology, and

    • community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education or community outreach

  • No application– This is initiated by NSF- White House OSTP makes final selections. This does not provide additional funds for the project.

Career workshop april 9 2014

Get to Know the Program


Visit the career web page

Visit the CAREER Web Page

  • Access to the latest program announcement

  • Directorate Contacts for each Directorate (Program Officers)

  • See what has been funded previously (with abstracts)

  • Link to the GPG is also on this page

Know the career announcement

Know the CAREER Announcement

  • CAREER AWARD PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT (NSF 14-532, Updated Jan. 2014) The CAREER Award announcement provides specific details about the program.


    Proposers should be very familiar with this document as well as the NSF Grant Proposal Guide.

Career workshop april 9 2014



    The NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) (NSF 14-1) provides standard proposal requirements. Was updated in February of this year.

    Proposers should consult both the GPG and the current CAREER Award program announcement when preparing proposals. (available online as well as a printable version—80 pages)



  • Begin work on a CAREER Award proposal early.

    • Do not wait until the last minute to contact a program officer

    • Unlike any other proposal you will submit to NSF

  • Use all of the resources available to you.

  • CAREER Awards represent a true balance between your faculty research and education roles.

    When planning this component, design innovative outreach efforts that go well beyond what you normally do in your faculty role.

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