NSF CAREER Grant Writing
The College of Arts and Sciences is offering a grant writing mentoring program to support your submissions for the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER), which are due annually in July. The schedule for the 2020 program will be available during spring semester.
National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER):
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is one of 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.
Proposal Due Dates: July 27, 2020; Fourth Monday in July, Annually Thereafter
Support Documents and Information:
- New! 2020 Solicitation: NSF 20-525
- New! FAQs for Submission Years 2020-2025
- New! Tip Sheet: NSF CAREER 2020 (Docx) Revised May 22, 2020
- New! NSF Funding for Junior Faculty: CAREER and EAGER (PDF) Presented April 27, 2020
- Writing Schedule (Docx)
- Overview presentation from the 2019 Workshop (PDF)
- Proposal Submission Process presentation from the 2019 Workshop (PDF)
Grant Opportunity Information
The main goal of the event is to provide first-hand information about the NSF CAREER program in general.
- General overview of CAREER proposals
- Review process
- Tips and experiences by CAREER awardees
- Submission process
- College support and program outline
Faculty will meet weekly (or meet “virtually”) in small peer-support writing groups to evaluate and critique each other’s proposals. Groups will consist or 3-5 faculty with similar research interests or in similar disciplines and grouped based on prior CAREER submission experience.
The main objectives for these meetings are:
- Provide Peer Support
- Accountability: Set SMART goals for writing portions of the grant and meet deadlines
These weekly meetings will take place throughout the month of May (and can be short meetings on days and times that work for the group).
The College will provide additional support for proofreading and compliance checking of support materials, including biosketch, budget justification, and facilities, equipment and other resources pages.
In addition, faculty will be partnered with one or two KSU faculty mentors (including one in a related research area, and possibly one outside the area of research) who will critique the proposals at least two times.
Finally, the proposals will be sent to and critiqued by an external reviewer.
Note that the timeline may differ for individual faculty, and is subject to variables including new versus resubmission of proposals
In addition, note that not all faculty will need all elements of this program: for example, you may want to receive the internal and external feedback, but not meet with a support writing group.
Information Workshop: April 27, 2020
Peer-support writing groups: Throughout month of May: 4-5 weekly meetings
Internal Faculty Feedback: Twice during May and June
External Review: Send to external reviewer (approximately June 7th). Receipt of External Feedback (approximately June 21st)
College Proofreading: During June
Final revisions and submission: July
Proposal due dates: July 27, 2020