ORDE offers a toolkit for those interested in the CAREER. Below is some initial information:
CAREER AWARD PURPOSE AND BACKGROUNDAll NSF directorates participate in the CAREER Program, designed to support junior faculty in their dual roles as teacher-scholars. CAREER Awards provide recipients the opportunity to enhance their professional career development, better integrate their research and education responsibilities, and build academic leadership abilities. While all NSF directorates make CAREER Awards, the number of awards varies significantly by directorate.
The CAREER Award deadlines for 2018 are July 18, 19, or 20 – depending on the NSF directorate to which you are applying. Specific deadline details are found in the CAREER Award program announcement.
Three areas emphasized by NSF program officers and CAREER awardees are:
· Begin work on a CAREER Award proposal early. This is a very competitive program; NSF is estimating it will make just 450 new and continuing CAREER awards per year for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019. It is also unlike any other proposal you will submit to NSF because it involves planning your career objectives and illustrating how the CAREER Award will contribute to your professional development over the next 5, 10, and 20 years.
· CAREER Awards represent a true balance between your faculty research and education roles. The required educational component may focus on any level: K-12 students, undergraduates, graduate students, and/or the general public. When planning this component, design innovative outreach efforts that go well beyond what you normally do in your faculty role and make sure your educational component is integrated with your research.
· Partnerships, especially industrial partnerships, are considered a positive aspect, but keep in mind that no co-principal investigators are allowed on CAREER proposals (see discussion under Budget Details on page 5). International collaborations are also encouraged.
ORDE CAREER Toolkit
NSF CAREER Website