CARER Proposal Writing Workshop November 2004. Key Points to Write successful CAREER Proposals to NSF. Afsaneh Rabiei NSF-DMII CAREER Awardee 2003 Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering & Biomedical Engineering Departments North Carolina State University.
Key Points to Write successful CAREER Proposals to NSF
NSF-DMII CAREER Awardee 2003
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering & Biomedical Engineering Departments
North Carolina State University
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The objective of the proposed research is to develop …. (clearly state your idea)
So far there has been similar activities in ….. (show that you have insight on the background and what has been done)
This work is original and important to advance …. (show how your work can improve the knowledge and understanding within its own field)
Show that the proposed activity is well organized and there is sufficient access to the necessary resources.
Show that you are well qualified to conduct the project by:…..
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How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields?
Is the proposed work Research or Development? NSF funds RESEARCH (new fundamental knowledge should be gained that will be generally applicable to the field, not just to the one defined example)
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To what extent does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative and original concepts?
NSF is particularly looking for high risk/high reward, innovative ideas, with the high risk concepts supported by a solid foundation of scientific knowledge)
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You do not need to present all your ideas in one single proposal
Focus on one idea and develop it well
If you would like to have both experimental and theoretical concepts in your proposal, make sure to show that the experimental and theoretical parts are well-integrated
Show that you are aware of potential challenges and you are well prepared to deal with those
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Show that your proposed activity has an important impact on the infrastructure for RESEARCH and EDUCATION in your filed.
Note that for CAREER awards, Educational aspect of your proposal is as important of the research aspect of it.
Show that the results will provide valuable information and tools in your filed for variety of application and to advance the science and technology.
NSF is looking mostly at People and Tools here; any benefits to the technical field should be included in the discussion of the intellectual merit NOT broader impact!
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Will the results be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific and technological understanding? (e.g., technology transfer to industry)
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Thank You !
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