Applications are now being accepted for travel support for faculty interested in applying to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program.

The CAREER Program, one of the NSF’s most prestigious awards, supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. The CAREER program provides a minimum of $400,000 over five years.

NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. The program deadlines for 2014 have not been announced but they have typically been in late July. See NSF solicitation 11-690 and their FAQ for the program for more details.

Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) will take faculty members who are planning to submit a CAREER proposal to Alexandria, Virginia, to meet with NSF program officers. The trip will occur during spring break 2014 (March 8–16, exact travel dates TBD). RSP will schedule appointments with the appropriate program officers, and staff members from RSP will accompany the faculty. RSP will cover the costs of the trip for faculty members.

Applications will be evaluated on the academic qualifications of the faculty member, the development of the research plan, and whether the work falls within the scope of the CAREER program. Applicants from areas that typically do not submit proposals to the CAREER program are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due December 13, 2013, by 4 p.m. The application package comprises a cover page, a short narrative describing the scope of the project (limited to 3 pages), a letter of support from the applicant’s chair/director, and curriculum vitae. Details can be found in the program guidelines. All applications must be submitted via Cayuse 424, routed to your chair/director and then Janet Goucher.

For more information see the grant writing resources page on the RSP website or contact us at (309) 438-2528 or