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Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

Granting Organization: 
National Science Foundation
Submission Deadline: 
Monday, July 27, 2020
Program Descripton: 

CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers 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. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

PECASE: Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria:  1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of NSF, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education, or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation’s future. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees.


Proposers must meet all of the following eligibility requirements as of the annual deadline: 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; and Have not previously received a CAREER award. (Prior or concurrent Federal support for other types of awards for nonduplicative research does not preclude eligibility.) 

Application Process: 

Proposers should submit the NSF Program Solicitation NSF 20-525.


The Office of the Vice President of Research is pleased to provide support for the nomination process as well as assistance with the application materials. Requests for assistance can be sent to Dean Evasius.