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New CAREER Solicitation and Single Agency Deadline

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NSF Announces New CAREER Solicitation with Unified Deadline and PECASE Information

December 20, 2019

NSF announces a single deadline of July 27, 2020, for its Faculty Early Career Development Program (NSF 20-525) for all NSF directorates. The new solicitation also includes a description of NSF's Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

The agency-wide CAREER Program offers NSF'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. Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. See details about both CAREER and PECASE in the solicitation.


The Geosciences Directorate and Division of Atmospheric and Geospatial Sciences contact is Chungu Lu, or phone at 703-292-7110.

The Division of Earth Sciences contact is Dena Smith, or phone at 703-292-7431.

The Division of Ocean Sciences and Office of Polar Programs (OPP) contact is Elizabeth Rom, or phone at 703-292-7709.

For other cognizant NSF program officers, see the division CAREER contacts list.



The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2023 budget of $9.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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