The University of Arizona

NSF CAREER Grant Preparation Program

Research Development Links


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. For additional information on the NSF CAREER Program, review the NSF webpage for the Faculty Early Career Development Program.

Submission deadlines for 2018 are July 18, 2018 for BIO, CISE, and EHR directorates; July 19, 2018 for ENG directorate; and July 20, 2018 for GEO, MPS, and SBE directorates. View solicitation 17-537

Schedule for 2017-2018 Academic Year

All workshops and presentations will take place from 11:00am to 12:30pm in Keating room 103 (BIO5). Light refreshments will be served, participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.

  • November 1, 2017: Introduction & Recipients Panel
    This session is a brief overview of the NSF CAREER Program followed by interactions with a panel of UA’s past CAREER recipients. Although the workshop is targeted towards faculty interested in submitting to the NSF CAREER Program, the workshop is open to anyone. The slides from the introduction portion of this session are available through UA Box.

    CAREER Recipients Panel:
    • Elisa Tomat (CAREER 2015), Chemistry & Biochemistry
    • Dan Marrone (CAREER 2016), Astronomy & Steward Observatory
    • Ravi Tandon (CAREER 2016), Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • December 6, 2017: Broader Impacts vs. Education Plan
    One of the defining characteristics of a NSF CAREER proposal is a robust Education Plan. During this session, we will present best practices for the Education Plan as well as differentiate the Education Plan from the Broader Impacts section. Participants will leave the workshop with a clearer understanding of the general NSF Broader Impacts review requirements as well as a foundational knowledge of the CAREER Education Plan. Although this presentation is targeted towards faculty interested in the NSF CAREER program, the workshop is open to anyone. The slides are available through UA Box.

Writing groups led by faculty coaches and Research Development Associates began January 2018. Contact RDS with questions.