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.

The submission deadline for all directorates is July 27, 2020.

Read the solicitation in full, NSF 20-525

Schedule for 2019-2020 Academic Year

APRIL 8, 2020: RDS NSF CAREER Grant Preparation Program Kick-off workshop

Research Development Services is hosting an introductory workshop for faculty interested in developing proposals for the NSF CAREER program. 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 early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Although the workshop is targeted towards faculty interested in submitting to the NSF CAREER Program, the workshop is open to anyone (faculty, students, staff) affiliated with UA. Please register to attend.

Proposal Development Support

Research Development Services’ (RDS) CAREER Preparation Program is designed to support and guide early-career UA faculty as they develop a compelling project description: from conception to submission in July 2020. UA faculty who commit to participate in the program will receive individual support from an RDS Associate(s) and a peer review (Red Team) of their full proposal. The RDS program consists of:

  • November 2019 Advancing Research Impacts in Society Workshop
  • April 8, 2020: Introductory Zoom with Faculty Panel
  • April 15, 2020: This submission deadline
  • April through May 2020: RDS Associate support
  • Late May/Early June 2020: Peer Review
  • June - July 2020: Continued RDS Associate support
  • July 2020: Proposal submission

Upon completion of the RDS program, applicants will have: a project summary, a project description, a budget justification, a NSF compliant biographical sketch, their references compiled, and a facilities plan.

Faculty participants who apply to the RDS CAREER Preparation Program are committing to participating by submitting their proposal sections in a timely manner for review by their RDS Associate and peer review panel.

Applications to participate in the program are due April 15, 2020 through UA CompetitionSpace. Successful applicants will be paired with a RDS Associate by April 20, 2020.

Online, Self-Paced Program by Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC.

RDS has purchased an institutional license for the Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC online course: How to Write Successful Proposals to NSF CAREER. Institutional access is valid through August of 2020. To access the course, you will need to login to UA Box, download this guidance, and follow the instructions outline in the document.