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  1. NSF CAREER Program & CAREER Proposals Claudia Rankins Physics (PHY) crankins@nsf.gov NSF CAREER Program

  2. CAREER Faculty Early Career Development Program NSF 14-532 • NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty exemplifying the role of teacher-scholar • Enhances and emphasizes the importance of balanced academic careers • Career development plan to integrate research and education • http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214 NSF CAREER Program

  3. CAREER ELIGIBILTY: • As of Directorate Deadline • Hold doctorate in field supported by NSF • Be untenured until Oct 1 following the deadline • Not previously received an NSF CAREER award • Have not competed more than two times in NSF CAREER Program • As of October 1 of submission year be employed: • In a tenure-track (or equivalent) position at US academic institution or US non-profit, non-degree granting organization • As an Assistant Professor (or equivalent) • ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS WITH or WITHOUT TENURE ARE NOT ELIGIBLE NSF CAREER Program

  4. CAREER • Tenure-Track Equivalency - For a position to be considered a tenure-track-equivalent position, it must meet all of the following requirements: (1) the employing department or organization does not offer tenure-track positions to any new hires; (2) the employee is engaged in research in an area of science or engineering supported by NSF; (3) the employee has a continuing appointment that is expected to last the five years of the grant; (4) the appointment has substantial educational responsibilities; and (5) the proposed project relates to the employee's career goals and job responsibilities as well as to the goals of the department or organization. NSF CAREER Program

  5. CAREER • SIZE • Lower Limit $400K (total of direct and indirect costs) • BIO Directorate and PLR: $500K (minimum total) • Upper Limit - none specified • DURATION • 5 Years • SUPPLEMENTS • Standard NSF supplements (see GPG, NSF13-001) • PECASE • HONORARY ONLY NSF CAREER Program

  6. CAREER • DEPARTMENTAL ENDORSEMENT LETTER:(Up to two pages) • Returned without Review if Missing • LETTERS OF COMMITMENT/COLLABORATION (if needed – see solicitation for new restrictions): • Short • Describe collaborative efforts • No letters of recommendation/endorsement (Please note that letters of recommendation for the PI are not permitted, and will be removed from the proposal prior to review.) NSF CAREER Program

  7. CAREER • DEADLINES: • July 21, 2014 for BIO, CISE, EHR • July 22, 2014 for ENG • July 24, 2014 for GEO, MPS, SBE • FASTLANE Submission • FastLane Help desk: 1-800-673-6188 • GRANTS.GOV Submission • Grants.gov User Support: 1-800-518-4826 NSF CAREER Program

  8. Additional NSF Requirements • Cost-sharing: Inclusion of voluntary cost-sharing is prohibited. • In order to assess the scope of the project, all organizational resources necessary for the project must be described in the Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources section of the proposal. The description should be narrative in nature and must not include any quantifiable financial information. • Post-doc Mentoring Plan: • Required whenever a postdoc is to be supported through the award • Data Management Plan: • All proposals must describe plans for data management and sharing of the products of research, or assert the absence of the need for such plans. NSF CAREER Program

  9. Merit Review Principles • Reviewers are asked to evaluate all proposals against two criteria: • Intellectual Merit: this criterion encompasses the potential to advance knowledge; and • Broader Impacts: this criterion encompasses the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes. • Both criteria are to be given full consideration during the review process; each criterion is necessary but neither, by itself, is sufficient. NSF CAREER Program

  10. Merit Review Criteria The following five elements should be considered in the review for bothMerit Review Criteria: • What is the potential for the proposed activity to: • Advance knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields (Intellectual Merit); and • Benefit society or advance desired societal outcomes (Broader Impacts)?  NSF CAREER Program

  11. Merit Review Considerations • To what extent do the proposed activities suggest and explore creative, original or potentially transformative concepts?  • Is the plan for carrying out the proposed activities well-reasoned, well-organized, and based on a sound rationale?  Does the plan incorporate a mechanism to assess success? NSF CAREER Program

  12. Merit Review Considerations • How well qualified is the individual, team, or organization to conduct the proposed activities? • Are there adequate resources available to the PI (either at the home organization or through collaborations) to carry out the proposed activities? NSF CAREER Program

  13. Preparing Your CAREER Proposal: Some Things to Consider From Bill Badecker Linguistics Program Director wbadecke@nsf.gov NSF CAREER Program

  14. Proposals and Awards • There are requirements for CAREER proposals that hold across the Foundation *but* there is no centralized reviewing process or central pot of money for making CAREER awards. • CAREER proposals are reviewed by the disciplinary program(s) that provide the best fit with the topic of the proposal. • CAREER awards are made using the budget resources of the reviewing program(s). NSF CAREER Program

  15. What Does NSF Want? • There is some variation across the Foundation (and even within the Divisions of individual Directorates) in: • How proposals are reviewed (panel types, source of reviews) • Funding Rates • Recommendations about budgets • Expectations for the education & outreach component • Find best research placement for your proposal • Find out how CAREER proposals are handled in the Program or Division you are applying to NSF CAREER Program

  16. Contact your Program Director • Send an email to the director(s) of the disciplinary program(s) to ask about the program fit, … • If there are multiple directors in a single program, send *one email* addressed to all directors (not a separate email to each director) • Include a one to two page project summary that discusses: • What big issue your project will address; • What hypotheses you will test, what methods you’ll use, how you plan to analyze your data, …; • How you plan to integrate your research with your educational / outreach activities. NSF CAREER Program

  17. Contact your Program Director • Other topics you may wish to raise with your program director (either by email or in a follow-up phone conversation): • Is co-review with another program appropriate? If so, which program(s)? • Are there program- or division-specific recommendations regarding budgets? … education & outreach? … NSF CAREER Program

  18. Things to Consider • Bear in mind the limits on submitting CAREER proposals (1 per year, 3 times total) • Get to know about the NSF Merit Review Process • Volunteer to serve as an ad hoc reviewer • If consistent with the practices of your disciplinary program, consider submitting proposals for regular research projects (or smaller, proof of concept projects) before submitting a CAREER proposal • Ask previous CAREER awardees (or your Michigan colleagues) if they are willing to share their project descriptions with you. NSF CAREER Program