Apply for an NSF CAREER grant—and join our new NSF CAREER Club

Kristi Fitzpatrick
Kristi Fitzpatrick; Director,
CLAS Grant Support Office

This month we are shining a spotlight on the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER).

The CAREER program offers NSF's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. The intent of the program is to provide stable support at a sufficient level and duration to enable awardees to develop careers not only as outstanding researchers but also as educators demonstrating commitment to teaching, learning, and dissemination of knowledge.

Join our new NSF CAREER Club!

To support faculty planning to apply for a NSF CAREER Award in July 2021, the Grant Support Office is collaborating with the OVPR Research Development Office and the College of Engineering to offer the NSF CAREER Club, a new program designed to give you (at no cost) the knowledge and resources to prepare high-quality CAREER applications.

Club participants will take part in events and peer accountability groups, and can take advantage of free services including editing, graphic design, and review.

Learn details about the NSF CAREER CLUB.

In order to be eligible, faculty must hold a degree in a field supported by NSF, be engaged in research supported by NSF, hold at least a 50% tenure-track position as an assistant professor, be untenured, and have not previously received a CAREER award. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from eligible early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations, especially women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities.

NSF CAREER awards are for a minimum of $400,000 over a five-year period. Before preparing a CAREER proposal, PIs are strongly encouraged to contact their disciplinary Program Officer or the appropriate CAREER contact to discuss budget requests for their proposed activities, and typical funding levels for their discipline. Proposers should also review the list of recent CAREER awards made in their discipline for guidance on average award size. Please refer to the program page and FAQs for additional information about the program.

The deadline for the next CAREER competition is July 26, 2021.

These are the CLAS faculty who have won NSF CAREER awards in the past 10 years:

  • Maggy Tomova, Mathematics (2011)
  • Jan-Uwe Rohde, Chemistry (2011)
  • Greg Howes, Physics (2011)
  • Albert Erives, Biology (2012)
  • Tori Forbes, Chemistry (2013)
  • Sara Mason, Chemistry (2013)
  • Bradley Cramer, EES (2015)
  • Scott Daly, Chemistry (2017)
  • Scott Shaw, Chemistry (2017)
  • Jan Wessel, PBS and Neurology (2018)
  • Octav Chipara, Computer Science (2018)
  • Tianbao Yang, Computer Science (2019)
  • David Martin, Chemistry (2019)

Join the club!

Kristi Fitzpatrick
Director, CLAS Grant Support Office