NSF is the only federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering, except for medical sciences. In addition to funding basic research through its core disciplinary programs, the NSF also provides support for facilities, equipment, instrumentation, centers of research, and activities such as workshops that help to advance fields of science. NSF also is interested in "high-risk, high pay-off" ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but which will benefit humanity in the future.
NSF Early Faculty Career Development Program (CAREER)
The NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) deadline has been extended to 5:00 p.m. (submitter's local time) Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
- NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Template (developed in 2020 by Research Development)
- FAQs about the CAREER program from the NSF (submission in years 2020 – 2025)
- Notes from a lunchtime panel of faculty that have won CAREER awards in recent years, and have also served on review panels (May 13, 2016)
- Checklist to assist faculty applying for the CAREER award in 2016 with their submission (May 13, 2016)
- The James McCormick Family Teaching Excellence Institute's handout on CAREER panels
The NSF requires researchers to justify not only the "intellectual merit" of proposed research, but also the broader impacts: the potential of the research to benefit society.
The Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) is the core policy document that applies to all NSF proposals and awards. This document is updated annually, typically in the first few months of the year.
NSF announced in early 2020 that the new PAPPG, NSF 20-1, was released. It applies to all proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after June 1, 2020. To assist the research community in understanding the implementation of NSF 20-1, NSF has provided the research community with:
- a summary of the Significant Changes and Clarifications to the PAPPG; and
- an on-demand webinar where these changes are discussed.
The Program directors in the NSF division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) are a unique group of individuals that have vast technical expertise, are former entrepreneurs, industry-research leaders or investors. They manage NSF's merit review process and make recommendations for funding. They are availabe to offer advice throughout the SBIR/STTR award process. Learn more at https://seedfund.nsf.gov/contact/bios/
Photo: Guebre Tessema, NSF materials research program director, tours the CHESS facility with CHESS director Joel Brock as part of the announcement of NSF's funding for CHESS. Credit: Lindsay France (UREL)