The University of Arizona

NSF CAREER Grant Preparation Program


The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program annually. The Program is a NSF-wide activity that offers prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars. UA’s Research Development Services (RDS) offers a guided program to potential applicants and interested parties that provides an overview of the NSF CAREER Program as well as proposal development assistance to those that choose to submit a full CAREER proposal. The RDS program is available for UA faculty at no-cost.

Submission deadlines for 2020 have not been released. We anticipate a due date of the third week of July 2020. 

Schedule for 2019-2020 Academic Year

Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch to the in-person workshops.

  • December 5 & 6, 2019
    Join us for this two-day workshop led by Jory Weintraub, Ph.D., and Julie Risien, Ph.D, from Advancing Research Impacts in Society (ARIS, also affiliated as the National Association for Broader Impacts). The workshop we will provide critical information to inform research programs and proposals to multiple sponsored research entities with a section of the workshop will be dedicated to addressing the NSF CAREER broader impacts criteron. Specifically, the workshop will provide a general overview covering the history of the broader impacts criterion, strategies for conceptualizing/developing/implementing/evaluating broader impacts activities, and tips for leveraging existing resources to build your “broader impacts identity”. Following the workshop, a community resource fair will take place connecting researchers with potential societal impacts partners. Seating will be limited to 80 participants and participants are encouraged to participate continuously through the workshop.
    Time: 9:00am to 4:30pm on December 5, 9:00am to Noon on December 6, Resource Fair starting at 2pm on December 6
    Location: SUMC Sonora Room
    This session is only offered for in-person participation as it is a hands-on, engaged workshop. Faculty interested in the NSF CAREER program should plan to attend the ARIS workshop.
    Registration: Through Qualtrics

  • Date TBD: NSF CAREER Program, Introduction & Overview
    Once the revised solicitation is released, RDS will host the introductory workshop of the NSF CAREER program including a panel of previous recipients. 

Writing Groups

Writing groups led by faculty coaches and Research Development Associates will begin in February 2020, pending the release of the new solicitation. Due to increased demand and popularity of the writing groups, an application process has been implemented for academic year 2019-2020. Applications will be accepted starting in December and close on January 15, 2020.