The NSF CAREER award is the Foundation’s most prestigious early career award for faculty. It provides five years of funding to launch the most promising researchers and educators towards a lifetime of leadership at the frontiers of science, discovery, innovation, and impact. 

We understand there is a lot of planning and preparation (stress!) that goes into submitting a CAREER proposal, and we hope these workshops and resources will help make the process a little easier for you.  


9 Session Series, December 10, 2021 – May 19, 2022

Facilitator: Tiffany Fleming, MA

Series Overview

The CAREER Workshop Series prepares and supports tenure-track faculty in developing clear and competitive CAREER proposals.

Click here for access to recorded sessions and presentation materials. 

Session 1

NSF CAREER Kick-Off and Faculty Panel

Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 @ 10:00am-noon

Early career faculty meet NSF CAREER winners and reviewers and get their questions answered. Research Development staff will facilitate the panel discussion as well as provide a high-level overview of what (and who) you need to know to kick start the NSF CAREER grant development process.

Session 2     

CAREER Proposal Development Process

Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 @ 10:30 am-11:30am

At this workshop, faculty will learn how Cornell Research Development, Research Administrators, and Grant and Contract Officers support them in CAREER proposal development and submission. Faculty will learn how the Research Development team supports them with a collaborative process focusing on grant writing, project management, and partnership work. Participants will learn the who, what, and when of submitting a CAREER proposal at Cornell and will begin to strategically plan their own proposal process.

Session 3     

OSP Roundtable: NSF CAREER for Research Administrators

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 @ 9:30am -10:30am

A Roundtable discussion for Research Administrators to learn how to collaborate and coordinate CAREER services and support. No registration is required. Click here for more information and Zoom link. 

Session 4     

NSF CAREER: Broader Impacts Identity and Design

Friday, Feb. 11, 2022 @ 10:30am-noon

Participants will be guided in the use of an “Impacts Identity” framework to design an innovative and plausible broader impacts plan that can be integrated into existing or new areas of research and education. We will utilize a constructivist approach where individuals will clarify strategic impact opportunities that are most relevant to them and chart a concrete pathway towards realizing those opportunities over the course of the 5-year NSF CAREER award. Following this workshop participants should be ready to begin identifying existing assets, needed resources, and potential partners to achieve their broader impacts goals.  One-on-one project design support will be available to all participants throughout the proposal development process. 

Session 5     

NSF CAREER: Writing your Broader Impacts Plan Mini-Workshop

Friday, Feb. 18, 2022 @ 11:00am-noon

This workshop builds on the Broader Impacts Identity & Design workshop and tackles some of the common challenges researchers face in writing a strong broader Impacts plan that integrates with their research and education goals.  Topics will include rationale, justification, timelines, and assessment.

Session 6     

NSF CAREER: Crafting a Winning Project Summary

Friday, March 11, 2022 @ 10:30am-noon

The goal of this core writing workshop is to provide examples, tips, and guidance for pre-tenured faculty on writing a strong project summary for their NSF CAREER proposals.

Session 7     

NSF CAREER: Project Summary Writing Hour

Friday, March 25, 2022 @ 11:00am-noon

In this writing-focused workshop, faculty will have dedicated time and space to write, review and receive early feedback on their NSF CAREER Project Summary drafts. Participants should come with their Project Summary draft and plan to write and refine it during this session. Opportunities to share and receive feedback from peers and Research Development staff will be available as well as a short, informal Q&A session as time permits.

Session 8  - In Person & Virtual Session (Stocking Hall, Room 148)   

NSF CAREER Partnership Practices and Resources for Innovative Education and Broader Impacts Components

Friday, April 29, 2022 @ 12:00Pm–1:30pm | Lunch from 12-12:30pm | Workshop starts at 12:30pm

Effective partnerships with campus programs, community-based organizations, and others are often essential in developing innovative and concrete plans for the education and broader impacts components of an NSF CAREER proposal. This workshop will present a brief discussion of partnership “best practices” and share practical writing strategies to integrate education and broader impacts partnerships into the CAREER proposal.  Recent NSF CAREER winners will join us to share their tips on partnerships and CAREER success as well. Participants will receive a list of local partner and program contacts for individual follow-up after the workshop. Join in person or attend virtually via Zoom. In person attendance is limited to 20 people; lunch will be provided. In person registration closes by April 22, 2022.

Session 9

In Person! NSF CAREER Resubmissions: Working with Reviewer Feedback

Thursday, May 19, 2022 @ noon - 1:30pm @ KENNEDY HALL, ROOM 119

The NSF CAREER program allows faculty members to submit CAREER proposals up to three times before tenure.  Learning to interpret and work with reviewer feedback is a critical part of the revision and resubmission process. If you’re planning to resubmit a CAREER proposal in 2022, this workshop provides valuable tips and insights for using your time most effectively in the rewriting process. Note: The session will be in-person and will not be recorded. Registration is required and limited to the first 10 registrants and closes May 16, 2022.