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NSF CAREER Support Program 2020

CSU NSF CAREER Proposal Support Programming 2020

NSF CAREER Submission Deadline: July 27, 2020

The NSF Faculty Early-Career Development (CAREER) grants are NSF’s most prestigious awards, designed to help junior faculty members develop activities that integrate research education within the context of CSU.

The OVPR and CSU Writes have previously co-hosted programming to help support development of successful CAREER proposals.

Contact BreeAnn Brandhagen ( for more information

The NSF CAREER Support Program hosted by OVPR RAO has been modified due to the ongoing coronavirus situation. The major changes are detailed below. An update schedule is attached.

Broader Impacts and Education Plan Panel, March 26 2-4pm, LSC 312.
This event has been cancelled. We will be posting resources and information from all of our panelists, and other groups around campus to our NSF CAREER website:

Internal Reviews – Sign up by April 17th
We will still be offering internal reviews of NSF CAREER proposals. If you would like to participate in this process, please email BreeAnn Brandhagen by April 17. Additional information will be provided for those who sign up.

Proposers must meet all of the following eligibility requirements at the time of submission:

  • Hold a doctoral degree in a field supported by NSF
  • Be engaged in research in an area of science, engineering, or education supported by NSF
  • Hold at least a 50% tenure-track (or tenure-track-equivalent) position as an assistant professor (or equivalent title)
  • Be untenured
  • Have not previously received a CAREER award. (Prior or concurrent Federal support for other types of awards for
    non-duplicative research does not preclude eligibility.)

Tenure-Track Equivalency – For a position to be considered a tenure-track-equivalent position, it must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. The employee has a continuing appointment that is expected to last the five years of a CAREER grant
  2. The appointment has substantial research and educational responsibilities
  3. The proposed project relates to the
    employee’s career goals and job responsibilities as well as to the mission of the department or organization. As stated in the
    Proposal Preparation Instructions, for non-tenure-track faculty, the Departmental Letter must affirm that the investigator’s
    appointment is at an early-career level equivalent to pre-tenure status, and the Departmental Letter must clearly and
    convincingly demonstrate how the faculty member’s appointment satisfies all the above requirements of tenure-track

Faculty members who are Associate Professors or in equivalent appointments, with or without tenure, are not eligible for the CAREER program. Faculty members who hold Adjunct Faculty or equivalent appointments are not eligible for the CAREER program.

  • The PI needs to meet all eligibility criteria as of the annual deadline (July 27, 2020)
  • Clarification regarding the minimum percentage appointment (tenure-track and tenure-track equivalent) for eligibility to the program
  • Only one annual deadline applies to all CAREER submissions, regardless of Directorate (July 27, 2020)
  • Added guidance on the CAREER proposal submission timeline

Broader Impacts:

Broader Impacts Activities PowerPoint: Alex Travesset, ISU

Programs from “Diversity in Engineering”: Aaron Bernall

Early Career:

NIH Early Research Career Development site

General Federal Grants:

Main Grants.Gov Funding Search Applicant FAQs


CSU Grant Resources Overview


External Proposals:

Please contact us to access our library of proposal document templates, including biosketches, data management plan, and more.

NSF proposals:

Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide

Proposal Due Dates

NIH proposals:

Guides for Grants and Contracts

Tips for Writing Your Application

Formatting Guides

Biosketches Formatting Information