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  1. Federal Landscape for Early-Career OpportunitiesA Presentation to UC Riverside Michael Ledford, Kaitlin Chell, and Karen Mowrer Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC January 2014

  2. Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC is a leading full-service government relations firm specializing in advocating for the public policy interests of institutions of higher education and other research and education organizations • Began working with UC Riverside in November 2012 • 23 professional staff members • 26 clients, all nonprofits involved in research and/or education • 15 universities • 3 contractors running national research facilities • 8 associations 2

  3. Department of Defense • Young Investigator Program • Office of Naval Research (ONR) • Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) • Army Research Office (ARO) • Young Faculty Award • DARPA • CDMRP New Investigator Awards • NSA Math Science Program, includes young investigators grants 3

  4. Departments of Education • Institute of Education Sciences • Research Training Program in Special Education: Early Career Development and Mentoring • PIs must be within three years of completing their doctoral degree or postdoctoral program and must hold a tenure track position or accepted an offer for such a position 4

  5. Department of Energy • Early Career Research Program • Support given for disciplines supported by Office of Science • No more than 10 years can have passed between the PI’s PhD and the year of the deadline for the application • ~30-50 awards made annually

  6. Health and Human Services (NIH & AHRQ) • NIH Independent Scientist Award (Parent K02) • NIH Academic Career Development Award (Parent K07) • NIH Career Transition Awards (K22) • NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00) • NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program (DP2) • NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5) • AHRQ Independent Scientist Awards (K02)

  7. NASA • Space Tech Research Opportunities for Early-Career Faculty • Aligned with space technology roadmaps • Must be within 7 years of receiving PhD • Fellowships for Early Career Researchers in Planetary Science • Limited to specific planetary science research programs • Early Career Investigator Program in Earth Science (new) • Proposals must contain significant outreach/education component

  8. NEA & NEH • NEA Literature Fellowship • Alternates annually between fellowships in poetry and prose • NEH Fellowship • Funds individuals conducting research valuable to humanities scholars and/or general audiences

  9. NSF • Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) • Provides five years of funding to pre-tenure faculty for integrated research and education activities • Must be “assistant professor” or equivalent in a tenure-track position

  10. Early Career Agency Interactions • Improve understanding of the federal government and how the research agencies operate • Make connections with relevant program officers; they want to talk to you! • Understand how to frame proposals for maximum success

  11. Working with Program Officers • Do your homework: many questions program officers are asked can be answered by reading the solicitations, an agency’s proposal guidelines, or a program’s website • Don’t cold-call: instead, send an email with a short summary and suggest times to discuss by phone. This allows the program officer to do some research on you and any past/current awards that you have • Annual meetings: many program officers staff the booths at societies’ annual meetings. Be sure to stop by and have a conversation with them. If you want to have a longer conversation at a meeting, send them an email in advance

  12. Contact Kaitlin Chell Lewis-Burke Associates LLC 1341 G Street, NW Eighth Floor Washington, D.C.  20005 e: kaitlin@lewis-burke.com p: 202.289.7475 f: 202.289.7454 www.lewis-burke.com 12