Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER)
Including the description of the NSF component of
Guidelines for Submission of Proposals
(Replaces NSF 98-103)
DEADLINE DATE: July 22, 1999
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SUMMARY OF PROGRAM
Program Name: Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
Short Description/Synopsis of Program:
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that supports junior faculty within the context of their overall career development. It combines in a single program the support of research and education of the highest quality and in the broadest sense. This premier program emphasizes the importance the Foundation places on the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating the discovery process in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning.
Each year NSF selects nominees for Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious first-year awardees supported by the CAREER Program. PECASE awards recognize outstanding scientists and engineers who, early in their careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of knowledge. This Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.
Cognizant Program Officer(s): A contact person for each NSF Division is listed on the CAREER Web page at http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/career/contacts.htm.
Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No.: 47.041, Engineering; 47.049, Mathematical and Physical Sciences; 47.050, Geosciences; 47.070, Computer and Information Science and Engineering; 47.074, Biological Sciences; 47.075, Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences; 47.076, Education and Human Resources; 47.078, Polar Programs.
PROPOSAL PREPARATION & SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
PROPOSAL REVIEW INFORMATION
AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION
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Guidelines for Submission:
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER)
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A. CAREER Program
To sustain and strengthen the Nation’s science, mathematics, and engineering capabilities and to promote the use of those capabilities in service to society, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is dedicated to strengthening linkages among individuals and institutions committed to progress in research and education and to fostering the natural connections between the processes of learning and discovery. NSF aims to encourage integrated environments for research and education, in which education is infused with the joy of discovery and research is informed by the needs of the learning process.
Because of the critical roles played by faculty members in integrating research and education, NSF has established the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program. This premier program emphasizes the importance the Foundation places on the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating the discovery process, in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning. It combines in a single program the support of research and education of the highest quality and in the broadest sense. Participation in this program by those traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering is especially encouraged.
B. PECASE Program
The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. PECASE awards recognize outstanding scientists and engineers who, early in their careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of knowledge. Consistent with its mission to support research in academic environments, each year NSF will select its PECASE nominees from among new faculty who have received CAREER awards based on their potential for integrated contributions to education and research. Up to twenty PECASE nominees will be selected from among the most meritorious PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees who applied to the July 22, 1999, CAREER program. These PECASE recipients will be honored in late 2000. (A brochure giving a government-wide description of PECASE is available from the CAREER page on the World-Wide Web. From the NSF home page <www.nsf.gov>, select "Crosscutting Programs," then "CAREER.")
A. CAREER Program
Outstanding new faculty who intend to develop academic careers involving both research and education, and who are eligible, are encouraged to apply for support toward that goal under the CAREER program. CAREER awards are not intended for senior or highly experienced investigators who already have established independent research careers. To be eligible for a CAREER award, applicants MUST MEET ALL of the following requirements:
The following are exceptions to the eligibility criteria listed above. Individuals in the following categories may also be eligible to apply. Prior to proposal submission, such individuals should communicate with the appropriate CAREER contact person (listed on the CAREER Web page) about receiving an exemption to the above requirements. If careful documentation leads to an exemption being granted, written approval from NSF must be submitted with the signed cover sheet (see item 6 under "PROPOSAL PREPARATION" in this document). Eligibility exemptions will not be granted for the third or later tenure-track appointment, nor to individuals who are tenured or who have held tenure at any time.
Research projects may include partnerships, but only single-investigator proposals are appropriate. Proposals submitted with co-investigators will be returned without review.
NSF will not simultaneously consider a CAREER proposal and a traditional proposal for the same research. An applicant may have only one CAREER proposal under consideration by NSF at any time and may receive only one CAREER award. NSF will not support through a CAREER award research activities that are concurrently supported from other sources.
B. PECASE Program
In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements of the CAREER program listed above, PECASE nominees must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who hold such status on or before July 22, 1999. To be considered for the PECASE award, the PECASE Information Form (NSF Form 1317A), which is available from the CAREER Web page, must be submitted with the signed cover sheet by the deadline date. This form, which attests to the applicant's eligibility for the PECASE program, must be signed and dated on or before July 22, 1999. Individuals can receive only one PECASE award in their careers.
The CAREER awards of those NSF nominees who are selected to receive a PECASE award will be adjusted to provide a total of $500,000 and to a 5-year duration.
The CAREER program is a Foundation-wide activity encompassing all areas of research and education in science and engineering normally supported by NSF. Proposals from women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged. A guiding principle of the program is that a CAREER proposal competes with other proposals from CAREER-eligible faculty in the same discipline. Each year, NSF expects to make approximately 350 new CAREER awards.
Preparation for Proposal Submission
You must submit your CAREER proposal electronically using FastLane. Since NSF receives nearly 2,000 proposals in the CAREER program each year, you are encouraged to start your FastLane proposal submission well before the CAREER deadline. To submit your proposal using FastLane, you have to be known to NSF as a Principal Investigator (PI) and your institution must be registered to use FastLane.
If you have never submitted a proposal to NSF as a PI, contact your Sponsored Research Office (SRO) to get a Personal Identification Number (PIN) and so that your SRO can add you to the NSF PI database. This should be done as soon as you decide to submit a proposal and at least one week before the CAREER deadline (July 22, 1999). Instructions for registering a PI can be found on the FastLane Web page at http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/a1/newstan.htm under the heading "Requirements for Accessing FastLane Proposal Preparation."
If your institution is not a FastLane registered institution, your SRO needs to submit the registration form located at http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/a0/about/registration.htm. This should be done as soon as possible and at least ten days before the CAREER deadline. A list of FastLane registered institutions is located at http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/a0/fastlane_insts.htm.
Complete instructions for FastLane proposal submission can be found on the FastLane Web page at http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov. A "frequently asked questions" document on FastLane proposal preparation can be found at http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/a0/about/a1faq.htm.
In order to determine the match between the proposed research and education plans and NSF programs, applicants should refer to NSF's Guide to Programs (NSF 99-4). Applicants with questions about intellectual areas of support, discipline eligibility, or individual eligibility should contact the appropriate NSF program listed in Appendix A of the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) (NSF 99-2). Proposals that NSF determines to span more than one NSF program will be co-reviewed by the relevant programs.
Before preparing a CAREER proposal, applicants are strongly encouraged to refer to the CAREER "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)" document (CAREER-FAQ), available on the CAREER Web page. This document gives important information about disciplinary award ranges or standard award sizes for CAREER awards, as well as about CAREER supplement opportunities and requirements.
Applicants from states involved in the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) should refer to the EPSCoR Program Solicitation (NSF 98-12) and the instructions found on the EPSCoR Program Web page at http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/EHR/EPSCOR/report/cofund.htm. For a list of EPSCoR states, see the EPSCoR Program Solicitation, the NSF Guide to Programs, or the CAREER-FAQ.
Applicants to Polar Programs should refer to the Antarctic Research Program Announcement (NSF 99-93) or the Arctic Research Program Announcement (NSF 98-72). Both of these documents are available from the Office of Polar Programs Web page. (From the NSF home page <www.nsf.gov>, select "Polar Research," then "Office of Polar Programs.")
Proposals submitted to the Division of Research, Evaluation and Communication (REC) in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) must describe activities in education research and education. Refer to the CAREER award lists, available from the CAREER Web page, for information on CAREER awards funded by the REC Division. Additional information on appropriate research areas in science, mathematics, technology and engineering education can be found on the REC Division's Web page. (From the NSF home page <www.nsf.gov>, select "Education," then "REC.")
B. Collaborative Activities
Establishing collaborations with partners from other sectors, e.g., industry, national laboratories, or schools and school districts, is strongly encouraged (see item V.A.16 of these Guidelines, "Special Information and Supplementary Documentation").
Plans for international collaborations are also encouraged. Access to unique research equipment and facilities, and the opportunity to collaborate with outstanding foreign researchers and educators, may provide substantial benefits to the research and education proposed. For additional information on the types of activities that are eligible for support in various countries, contact the Division of International Programs and refer to the document International Opportunities for Scientists and Engineers (NSF 96-14) available from the NSF Division of International Programs Web page. (From the NSF home page <www.nsf.gov>, select "Social, Behavioral Sciences," "Division of International Programs," then "Program Announcement.")
C. Award Level and Duration
CAREER awards, including indirect costs, will range from a minimum of $200,000 to a maximum of $500,000 over a 4- to 5-year period. Proposal budgets should be prepared according to disciplinary practices and the scope of the project. Some NSF directorates, divisions or programs may have an award funding range or a standard award size and/or duration. Applicants are strongly encouraged to refer to the CAREER-FAQ document section on "Budgets and Administration of Awards" for specific information regarding award sizes. The intent of CAREER awards is to provide stable support at a sufficient level and duration to enable awardees to achieve the education and research career-development objectives of the program.
CAREER awards are eligible for supplemental funding, as described in the GPG, Section VI.B.4. Cost-sharing is not required for consideration of these supplement requests.
In addition, to encourage development of partnerships, up to $25,000 per year may be made available to match support obtained from eligible sources, such as industry, state, county or local governments, or appropriate non-profit institutions. Requests for matching support must include documentation to show a genuine intellectual involvement between the awardee and the collaborator in one of these sectors for a project that extends the integrated research and education goals of the original award. Only contributions received after the CAREER proposal is officially submitted are eligible for matching support. New FY-2000 CAREER awardees will have until October 1, 2000, to request their first year’s matching support. The annual deadline for submission of supplement requests for each subsequent year is October 1 of that year.
The matching support may consist of cash, new permanent research equipment, educational equipment or software essential to the CAREER awardee’s activities, or donations of materials for support of research and education. Contributions of services or staff support, donations of used equipment, or access to equipment or software owned by an organization are encouraged but are not eligible for matching. Donations where there is no collaborative effort, such as from individual philanthropists, foundations, the principal investigator’s home institution, and educational and professional associations, are not eligible for matching.
A. Proposal Preparation Instructions
Proposals submitted in response to this program announcement should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the general guidelines contained in the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG), NSF 99-2. The complete text of the GPG (including electronic forms) is available electronically on the NSF Web site at: <http://www.nsf.gov/>. Paper copies of the GPG may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (301) 947-2722 or by e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the GPG, CAREER proposals must be prepared in accordance with the instructions in these guidelines and those found on the FastLane Web page at: http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov. With the exception of the EPSCoR Certification Form and the PECASE Information Form, all of the forms referenced in these Guidelines are available electronically through FastLane. The PECASE Information Form (NSF Form 1317A), is available from the CAREER Web page (from the NSF home page <www.nsf.gov>, select "Crosscutting Programs," then "CAREER") and a working copy of the EPSCoR Certification Form (NSF Form 1404) is available from the EPSCoR Web page at http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/EHR/EPSCOR/report/cofund.htm. Do not include such additional documentation as a biographical sketch or NSF forms for any collaborator. The proposal format should follow the sequence below:
B. Budgetary Information
NSF encourages organizations responding to this announcement to contribute to the costs of the project supported by NSF. While cost-sharing (beyond the statutory minimum) is not required for this program, any cost-sharing specified in the proposal will be referenced and included as a condition of any award resulting from this announcement. The proposed cost-sharing must be shown on line M on the proposal budget (NSF Form 1030.)
The amount of cost-sharing must be shown in the proposal in enough detail to allow NSF to determine its impact on the proposed project. Documentation of availability of cost-sharing must be included in the proposal.
Only items which would be allowable under the applicable cost principles, if charged to the project, may be included as the grantee’s contribution to cost sharing. Contributions may be made from any non-Federal source, including non-Federal grants or contracts, and may be cash or in-kind (see OMB Circular A-110, Section 23). It should be noted that contributions counted as cost-sharing toward projects of another Federal agency may not be counted towards cost-sharing on an NSF grant.
All cost-sharing amounts are subject to audit. Failure to provide the level of cost-sharing reflected in the approved grant budget may result in termination of the NSF grant, disallowance of grant costs and/or refund of grant funds to NSF.
C. Proposal Due Dates
The full proposal must be submitted using FastLane by 5:00 p.m., submitter’s local time, July 22, 1999. The signed cover sheet and original documents (as identified below) must be received by the NSF FastLane office by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on July 29, 1999 (within one week of the CAREER proposal-submission deadline) at the following address:
After you have submitted your electronic (FastLane) proposal, the original only of the following paper documents and forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on July 29, 1999: the original signed cover sheet (pages 1 and 2) and any single-copy or signed additional forms and documents (if applicable), such as the Departmental Endorsement and Certifications; the PECASE Information Form (NSF Form 1317A); the EPSCoR Certification Form (NSF Form 1404); any deviation authorization (if it was not submitted through FastLane); an NSF approval for exemption from CAREER eligibility requirements; a list of suggested reviewers to include or not to include (if it was not submitted in FastLane); and any original letters describing collaborative efforts. Do not send these documents to the NSF PPU. As directed above, they should be sent to the FastLane office.
A proposal may not be processed until the complete proposal (including the signed Cover Sheet) has been received by NSF. Any CAREER proposal received after the deadline will be returned without review.
D. FastLane Requirements
The NSF FastLane system is available for electronic preparation and submission of a proposal through the Web at the FastLane Web site at <http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov>. The Sponsored Research Office (SRO or equivalent) must provide a FastLane Personal Identification Number (PIN) to each Principal Investigator (PI) to gain access to the FastLane "Proposal Preparation" application. PIs that have not submitted a proposal to NSF in the past must contact their SRO to be added to the NSF PI database. This should be done as soon as the decision to prepare a proposal is made.
In order to use NSF FastLane to prepare and submit a proposal, the following are required:
Browser (must support multiple buttons and file upload)
PDF Reader (needed to view/print forms)
PDF Generator (needed to create project description)
A list of registered institutions and the FastLane registration form are located on the FastLane Web page.
A. Merit Review Criteria
Reviews of proposals submitted to NSF are solicited from peers with expertise in the substantive area of the proposed research or education project. These reviewers are selected by Program officers charged with the oversight of the review process. NSF invites the proposer to suggest, at the time of submission, the names of appropriate or inappropriate reviewers. Care is taken to ensure that reviewers have no conflicts with the proposer. Special efforts are made to recruit reviewers from non-academic institutions, minority serving institutions, adjacent disciplines to that principally addressed in the proposal, etc.
Proposals will be reviewed against the following general merit review criteria established by the National Science Board. Following each criterion are potential considerations that the reviewer may employ in the evaluation. These are suggestions and not all will apply to any given proposal. Each reviewer will be asked to address only those that are relevant to the proposal and for which he/she is qualified to make judgments.
What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?
How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields? How well qualified is the proposer (individual or team) to conduct the project? (If appropriate, the reviewer will comment on the quality of prior work.) To what extent does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative and original concepts? How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity? Is there sufficient access to resources?
What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?
How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding while promoting teaching, training, and learning? How well does the proposed activity broaden the participation of underrepresented groups (e.g., gender, ethnicity, disability, geographic, etc.)? To what extent will it enhance the infrastructure for research and education, such as facilities, instrumentation, networks, and partnerships? Will the results be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific and technological understanding? What may be the benefits of the proposed activity to society?
Integration of Research and Education
One of the principal strategies in support of NSF’s goals is to foster integration of research and education through the programs, projects and activities it supports at academic and research institutions. These institutions provide abundant opportunities where individuals may concurrently assume responsibilities as researchers, educators, and students and where all can engage in joint efforts that infuse education with the excitement of discovery and enrich research through the diversity of learner perspectives. PIs should address this issue in their proposal to provide reviewers with the information necessary to respond fully to both NSF merit review criteria. NSF staff will give it careful consideration in making funding decisions.
Integrating Diversity into NSF Programs, Projects, and Activities
Broadening opportunities and enabling the participation of all citizens -- women and men, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities -- are essential to the health and vitality of science and engineering. NSF is committed to this principle of diversity and deems it central to the programs, projects, and activities it considers and supports. PIs should address this issue in their proposal to provide reviewers with the information necessary to respond fully to both NSF merit review criteria. NSF staff will give it careful consideration in making funding decisions.
Because of the CAREER Program’s focus on balanced academic career development, the second merit-review criterion, "What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?" will receive significant attention.
B. Merit Review Process
Most of the proposals submitted to NSF are reviewed by mail review, panel review, or some combination of mail and panel review. Merit evaluation of CAREER proposals will be carried out in the research directorates and divisions through mail review, panel review, or a combination of the two. A CAREER proposal will compete with other proposals from CAREER-eligible faculty in the same discipline.
All proposals are carefully reviewed by at least three other persons outside NSF who are experts in the particular field represented by the proposal. Reviewers will be asked to formulate a recommendation to either support or decline each proposal. A program officer assigned to manage the proposal’s review will consider the advice of reviewers and will formulate a recommendation. In most cases, proposers will be contacted by the program officer after his or her recommendation to award or decline funding has been approved by his or her supervisor, the division director. This informal notification is not a guarantee of an eventual award. NSF will be able to tell applicants whether their proposals have been declined or recommended for funding within six months for 95 percent of proposals in this category. The time interval begins on the proposal deadline or target date or from the date of receipt, if deadlines or target dates are not used by the program. The interval ends when the division director accepts the program officer’s recommendation.
Since CAREER proposals are reviewed by different panels and/or mail reviews held at different times across NSF, award and declination letters will be issued at different times. You can check the status of your CAREER proposal by accessing FastLane. If you have not received notification of a decision on your CAREER proposal by the beginning of February 2000, and your proposal status is shown as "pending" in FastLane, you can contact the program or division to which your proposal was assigned to inquire about the status. Your proposal’s NSF program assignment can be found through FastLane or on the acknowledgment card that will be sent to you when your proposal is received by the NSF program.
In all cases, after final programmatic approval has been obtained, award recommendations are then forwarded to the Division of Grants and Agreements for review of business, financial and policy implications and the processing and issuance of a grant or other agreement. Proposers are cautioned that only a Grants Officer may make commitments, obligations or awards on behalf of NSF or authorize the expenditure of funds. No commitment on the part of NSF should be inferred from technical or budgetary discussions with an NSF program officer. A Principal Investigator or organization that makes financial or personnel commitments in the absence of a grant or cooperative agreement signed by the NSF Grants Officer does so at its own risk.
A. Notification of the Award
Notification of the award is made to the submitting organization by a Grants Officer in the Division of Grants and Agreements (DGA). Organizations whose proposals are declined will be advised as promptly as possible by the cognizant NSF Program Division administering the program. Verbatim copies of reviews, not including the identity of the reviewer, will be provided automatically to the Principal Investigator.
B. Grant Award Conditions
An NSF grant consists of: (1) the award letter, which includes any special provisions applicable to the grant and any numbered amendments thereto; (2) the budget, which indicates the amounts, by categories of expense, on which NSF has based its support (or otherwise communicates any specific approvals or disapprovals of proposed expenditures); (3) the proposal referenced in the award letter; (4) the applicable grant conditions, such as Grant General Conditions (NSF GC-1)* or Federal Demonstration Partnership Phase III (FDP) Terms and Conditions* and (5) any NSF brochure, program guide, announcement or other NSF issuance that may be incorporated by reference in the award letter. Electronic mail notification is the preferred way to transmit NSF grants to organizations that have electronic mail capabilities and have requested such notification from the Division of Grants and Agreements.
These documents may be accessed electronically on NSF’s Web site at: <http://www.nsf.gov/>. Paper copies may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (301) 947-2722 or by e-mail from email@example.com.
More comprehensive information on NSF Award Conditions is contained in the NSF Grant Policy Manual (GPM) Chapter II, (NSF 95-26) available electronically on the NSF Web site. The GPM also is available in paper copy by subscription from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The GPM may be ordered through the GPO Web site at: <http://www.gpo.gov>.
C. Reporting Requirements
For all multi-year grants (including both standard and continuing grants), the PI must submit an annual project report to the cognizant Program Officer at least 90 days before the end of the current budget period.
Within 90 days after expiration of a grant, the PI also is required to submit a final project report. Approximately 30 days before expiration, NSF will send a notice to remind the PI of the requirement to file the final project report. Failure to provide final technical reports delays NSF review and processing of pending proposals for that PI. PIs should examine the formats of the required reports in advance to assure availability of required data.
NSF has implemented a new electronic project reporting system, available through FastLane, which permits electronic submission and updating of project reports, including information on: project participants (individual and organizational); activities and findings; publications; and, other specific products and contributions. Reports will continue to be required annually and after the expiration of the grant, but PIs will not need to re-enter information previously provided, either with the proposal or in earlier updates using the electronic system.
Effective October 1, 1998, PIs are required to use the new reporting format for annual and final project reports. PIs are strongly encouraged to submit reports electronically via FastLane. For those PIs who cannot access FastLane, paper copies of the new report formats may be obtained from the NSF Clearinghouse as specified above. NSF expects to require electronic submission of all annual and final project reports via FastLane beginning in October, 1999. Specific instructions for CAREER project report submission can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/career/guide.htm.
Questions about annual reports should be directed to the assigned disciplinary program director. Annual progress reports should summarize progress in both research and education development and, where appropriate, collaborative activities. The report should also include an update of other support. The report must be approved by the awardee's department head or equivalent, thereby reaffirming the department's endorsement of the work plan and continuing partnership in the individual's career development. In addition to providing information for NSF staff review and monitoring of the career-development progress of individual awardees, this information will be used in program evaluation and assessment. Supplementary information for this purpose may be requested from time to time.
D. New Awardee Information
If the submitting organization has never received an NSF award, it is recommended that the organization’s appropriate administrative officials become familiar with the policies and procedures in the NSF Grant Policy Manual which are applicable to most NSF awards. The "Prospective New Awardee Guide" (NSF 97-100) includes information on: Administration and Management Information; Accounting System Requirements and Auditing Information; and Payments to Organizations with Awards. This information will assist an organization in preparing documents that NSF requires to conduct administrative and financial reviews of an organization. The guide also serves as a means of highlighting the accountability requirements associated with Federal awards. This document is available electronically on NSF’s Web site at: < http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf97100>.
CAREER awardees must resign their CAREER awards if they transfer at any time prior to or during the tenure of that award to positions that are not tenured, tenure-track or equivalent or to institutions that are not CAREER-eligible. Before transferring a CAREER award, NSF may request documentation from the PI’s new institution and department head in support of the career goals and departmental partnership as proposed in the original Career Development Plan. CAREER awardees from EPSCoR jurisdictions should consult the EPSCoR Program Solicitation (NSF 98-12) about non-transferability of EPSCoR co-funding.
General questions about the CAREER or PECASE program may be directed to directorate or division contacts listed on the CAREER Web page. Specific questions about proposal development, appropriate disciplinary funding levels, and supplement opportunities and requirements should be directed to the appropriate disciplinary program. See GPG, Appendix A, for a list of programs, and use that list in completing the proposal cover sheet. Information about directorates, divisions, and programs is available from NSF's Guide to Programs (NSF 99-4).
After you receive an acknowledgment of receipt of your proposal, if you wish to discuss the program assignment, please contact the assigned disciplinary program director indicated on the acknowledgment card. If you do not receive an acknowledgment card by September 15, 1999, notify the CAREER contact listed on the CAREER Web page. Once your proposal is assigned to an NSF program, all communications about your proposal should be directed to the assigned disciplinary program director, with reference to the proposal number.
The NSF Guide to Programs is a compilation of funding opportunities for research and education in science, mathematics, and engineering. General descriptions of NSF programs, research areas, and eligibility information for proposal submission are provided in each chapter. Beginning in fiscal year 1999, the NSF Guide to Programs will be available only electronically, at < http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?gp>. Many NSF programs offer announcements concerning specific proposal requirements. To obtain additional information about these requirements, contact the appropriate NSF program offices listed in Appendix A of the GPG.
Any changes in NSF's fiscal year programs occurring after press time for the Guide to Programs will be announced in the NSF E-Bulletin, available electronically on the NSF Web site at: < http://www.nsf.gov/home/ebulletin/>. The direct URL for recent issues of the Bulletin is < http://www.nsf.gov/home/ebulletin/past.htm. Subscribers can also sign up for NSF's Custom News Service to find out what funding opportunities are available.
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