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.
Submit your materials to be part of the UArizona RDS NSF CAREER prep program by March 31, 2021


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 2021. 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:
  •     March 10, 2021: Overview Zoom with Faculty Panel
  •     March 31, 2021: This submission deadline
  •     April through May 2021: RDS Associate support
  •     Late May/Early June 2021: Peer Review
  •     June - July 2021: Continued RDS Associate support
  •     July 2021: 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 March 31, 2021 through UA Competition Space. Successful applicants will be paired with a RDS Associate by April 7, 2021.


Schedule for 2020-2021 Academic Year

NSF CAREER Grant Preparation Program Kick-off

Available On Demand, email researchevents@arizona.edu to request a copy

Research Development Services is hosting a virtual interactive informational session for faculty interested in developing proposals for the NSF CAREER program. Kim Patten, Assistant Vice President of Research Development Services, will present and overview of the CAREER program at NSF and internal writing groups offered through RDS. A panel of UArizona faculty from varying directorates will generously share their experiences and answer live questions.
Panelists include:
     - Tosiron Adegbija, Electrical and Computer Engineering
     - Euan Mcleod, Optical Sciences
     - Jonathan Tullis, Educational Psychology


NSF CAREER Education & Broader Impacts

    Available On Demand, email researchevents@arizona.edu to request a copy 
The Office of Societal Impact is partnering with RDS to support faculty in the development of the broader impacts, education plan and evaluation components of the NSF CAREER proposals. This webinar will share advice for developing a competitive submission and provide resources such as relevant literature along with ideas for connecting with potential campus or community partners whose expertise and infrastructure can be leveraged and supported through collaboration.

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 2021. To access the course, you will need to login to UA Box, download this guidance, and follow the instructions outline in the document.