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2016 NSF CAREER Grant Program

2016 NSF CAREER Grant Preparation Program

The 2016 NSF CAREER Grant Preparation Program (“Program”) was offered in two phases:

  • Phase I: Introductory Sessions
    Included two introductory sessions in January and February that were open to all potential applicants and interested parties. In addition to the CAREER specific sessions, participants were encouraged to attend the general NSF sessions. ORD provided this professional training program to UA Faculty at no-cost. 
  • Phase II: "Commit to Submit" Sessions
    This section of the program ran from March through July 2016 and was open to researchers who committed to the submission of an NSF CAREER application. Participants worked on their proposals in small groups with a faculty coach and an RDS Associate. In addition, a one day "Write Winning Grant Proposals" workshop was offered at no-cost to UA faculty. 

Phase I: Introductory Sessions

January 20, 2016

NSF CAREER Program: An Overview

This session provided a synopsis of the CAREER program. It included advice on how to decide whether this program is a fit and when in their career applicants should apply. 

Presenter: Kim Patten, Associate, Research Development

Presentation: The presentation slides are available via UA Box. To access this file you will need to login with your University of Arizona Box Account. If you do not have a Box account, you can register for free at If you already have a free Box account, you can upgrade to the UA Enterprise system by contacting the 24/7 IT Support Center at 520-626-TECH (8324).

February 10, 2016

NSF CAREER Recipients Panel

This session included UA faculty members who have been recipients of the NSF CAREER award. Panel members discused how/when they decided to apply for an NSF CAREER award and how they prepared to submit their proposal. They also discussed their individual career development and educational plans.

Presenters: Dr. Erica Corral, Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering; Dr. Elisa Tomat, Assitant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry; and Dr. Jonathan Sprinkle, Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Phase II: "Commit to Submit"

March through July, 2016

Participants were assigned to small mentored proposal development writing groups based on their research areas. Each group worked with a faculty CAREER coach (a prior CAREER recipient) and a Research Development Services Associate. 

The mentored writing group activities included:

  • Introductory Session: short presentations on research concept and education plan
  • Proposal Development: timeline and proposal requirements for the CAREER proposal
  • DC Visit with NSF Program Officers: coordinated by Lewis Burke Associates
  • Proposal Preparation: iterative sessions for proposal preparation
  • Concept Review (Pink Team): review by campus CAREER experts and external discipline experts
  • Final Review (Red Team): final proposal review by CAREER experts

The deadlines for NSF CAREER applications by Directorate for 2016: 

  • July 20, 2016: BIO, CISE, EHR
  • July 21, 2016: ENG
  • July 22, 2016: GEO, MPS, SBE

View the 2015/2016 Frequently Asked Questions