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Guidelines for Submission of Proposals
Proposals must be received by July 22, 1997
Next proposal deadline will be July 22, 1998.
Program guidelines will be available only on www.nsf.gov
Printed copies will not be distributed after the 1997 competition.
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If you are submitting your CAREER proposal using paper copies rather than electronically, you are required to submit the proposal cover sheet to NSF using FastLane. To access FastLane, go to the NSF Web Site at https://www.nsf.gov, then select "FastLane" or go directly to FastLane at http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov
Instructions for the Principal Investigator (PI):
Instructions for the Sponsored Research Office:
For more information on creating or submitting a CAREER proposal cover sheet, refer to the CAREER Home Page. Direct questions concerning FastLane or problems utilizing FastLane to firstname.lastname@example.org. Direct CAREER program questions to the contacts on pages 6-7.
To get the latest information about program deadlines, to download copies of NSF publications, and to access abstracts of awards, visit the NSF Web Site at:
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Guidelines
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.
Each year, NSF will select the nominees for Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the most meritorious new 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. (A brochure giving a government-wide description of PECASE is available on the NSF Web Site at www.nsf.gov. Select "Crosscutting Programs," then "PECASE.") Consistent with its mission to support research in academic environments, NSF will select its 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 successful July 22, 1997, applicants to the CAREER program and will be honored in late 1998. In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements of the CAREER program listed below, PECASE nominees must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who hold such status on or before July 22, 1997. To be considered for PECASE, CAREER proposals must include one copy of NSF Form 1317A (see page 8). The CAREER awards of those NSF nominees who are PECASE recipients will be adjusted to provide a total of five years of support at $100,000 annually.
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, except as noted farther below:
Individuals in the following categories may also be eligible to apply, but should carefully document their case for receiving an exemption to the above requirements and obtain written approval for exemption from the cognizant NSF program director prior to proposal submission (see page 3, item 4):
Only single-investigator proposals are appropriate, although research projects may be collaborative. 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.
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.
Directions for Submission. Applicants should obtain NSF's Guide to Programs (NSF 97-30 or its replacement) in order to determine the match between their proposed research and education plans and NSF programs. The Guide to Programs is available at www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf9730, or can be obtained from the Forms and Publications Unit, NSF, Arlington, VA 22230, or by e-mail to email@example.com. Applicants with questions concerning intellectual areas of support, discipline eligibility, or individual eligibility should contact the appropriate NSF program listed in Appendix A of the Grant Proposal Guide (NSF 95-27). 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 entitled CAREER-FAQ at www.nsf.gov. Select "Crosscutting Programs," then "CAREER." The CAREER-FAQ 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 EPSCoR Guidelines (NSF 97-51) before submitting a CAREER proposal to NSF. See the Guide to Programs or CAREER-FAQ for a list of EPSCoR states.
Applicants to Polar Programs should refer to the Antarctic Research Program Announcement (NSF 96-93) or Arctic Research Program Announcement (NSF 95-133), or their replacements.
Proposals submitted to the Division of Research, Evaluation and Communication (REC) must describe activities in education research and education. Refer to the division's home page at www.nsf.gov (select EHR, then REC) for information on appropriate research plans in science, mathematics, technology and engineering education.
Collaborative Activities. Establishing collaborations with partners from other sectors, e.g., industry, national laboratories, or schools and school districts, is strongly encouraged (see page 5, item 14).
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 International Opportunities for Scientists and Engineers (NSF 96-14).
Award Level and Duration. CAREER awards, including indirect costs, range from $200,000 to $500,000 over a 4- to 5-year period, depending on the scope of the project and NSF directorate and disciplinary practices. The intent 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. Each year, NSF expects to make approximately 350 new CAREER awards.
Deadline for Submission. CAREER proposals must be received at NSF by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on July 22, 1997. Proposals received after the deadline will be returned without review.
CAREER awards are eligible for supplemental funding, as described in the Grant Proposal Guide, Section VI.B.4. Matching funds are not required for consideration of supplement requests, including those requests that extend the education goals of the award.
However, 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 justify 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 FY98 CAREER awardees will have until October 1, 1998, to request their first year's matching support. The annual deadline for submission of supplement requests for each subsequent year is October 1.
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. In-kind contributions, used equipment donations, or access to equipment or software owned by an organization are not eligible. Donations from individual philanthropists, foundations, the principal investigator's home institution, and educational and professional associations are not eligible.
Proposals must be prepared in accordance with the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) (NSF 95-27, located at www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf9527) and instructions in these guidelines. All forms specified below are available in GPG and must be used when specified in GPG. Appendix A, GPG, indicates the required number of copies of proposals including the original signed copy. Do not include additional documentation such as biographical sketches or NSF forms for any collaborators. As in GPG, the proposal format should follow the sequence below:
An applicant who is submitting a CAREER proposal using paper copies rather than electronic submission is required to prepare and submit the cover sheet using NSF FastLane. This will facilitate tracking the proposal. Instructions are on the inside front cover of this announcement.
a. Results from Prior NSF Support. Refer to GPG, Section II.D.4.
b. Career Development Plan. This section should be a clear statement of the nature and implementation of the integrated research and education activities proposed. Plans in both areas should be specific and directly related to the applicant's career goals, job responsibilities, and the goals of the institution. This plan should be developed in consultation with the department head.
Applicants are encouraged to describe a range of activities that include research, assigned instructional activities, and education innovations that move beyond routine education and service responsibilities. A discussion of the relationship between the research and education aspects should be included as evidence of an integrated career development plan. While excellence in both education and research is expected, description of an inordinate workload is not. For instance, teaching additional courses or taking on additional duties is not expected; in fact, a justification for release time may be appropriate for extraordinary curriculum development or education innovation. What is expected is a well-argued and specific proposal for activities over a four- or five-year period that will build a firm foundation for a lifetime of integrated contributions to research and education.
This section should follow the standard NSF proposal format and present:
c. Departmental Endorsement. On the last page of the Project Description, the department head must provide a signed statement describing the department's partnership and the institutional commitment to support the research and education career development plan (maximum length, one page). Proposals that do not include this required signed statement will be returned without review.
The statement should include a description of how the faculty member's Career Development Plan is supported by and is integrated into the educational goals of the department and the institution. The support could include, but is not limited to, mentoring, provision of academic-year or summer salary, instrumentation, laboratory facilities, research support, graduate student stipends, or other cost-sharing. At the bottom of this page, two brief items must be included:
NSF encourages, but does not require, organizations responding to this announcement to contribute to the costs of the project supported by NSF. While cost-sharing will not be considered in evaluating proposals, cost-sharing specified in the proposal will be referenced and included as a condition of any award resulting from this announcement.
Proposal packages should be sent to:
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Merit evaluation of 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. CAREER proposals will be reviewed in accordance with the four criteria established by the National Science Board as contained in the Grant Proposal Guide (NSF 95-27), Section III.A. Criterion 4, Effect on the Infrastructure of Science and Engineering, will receive greater weight than is customary for traditional research proposals because of the focus on balanced academic career development including both research and education and the emphasis on full participation of women, under-represented minorities, and persons with disabilities.
Annual progress reports, as described in GPG, Section VII.G.1, are required. These 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 countersigned 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.
Grants awarded as a result of this announcement will be administered in accordance with the terms and conditions of NSF GC-1 (10/95) or FDP-III (7/1/96), Grant General Conditions. Copies of these documents are available at www.nsf.gov, then selecting "Grants and Awards," then "Online Document System," or from the NSF Forms and Publications Unit through the means described on page 2. More comprehensive information is contained in the NSF Grant Policy Manual (7/95) (NSF 95-26), for sale through the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
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. Prior to 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.
On the proposal cover sheet, list the division abbreviation and 4-digit code to indicate the division that, in your opinion, best fits your research activities. This information will be used to expedite the initial distribution of the proposals, but NSF will make the final assignment. If, after you receive the acknowledgment card, you wish to discuss this assignment, please contact the assigned disciplinary division indicated on the acknowledgment card.
On the proposal cover sheet, also indicate the NSF program that, in your opinion, best fits your research activities. Lists of NSF programs for use in completing the proposal cover sheet are available in GPG, Appendix A. Information on directorates, divisions, and programs is available at www.nsf.gov. Refer to the inside front cover of this publication for instructions to access this information. General questions concerning the CAREER or PECASE program may be directed to directorate or division contacts listed on pages 6 and 7. Specific questions concerning proposal development, appropriate disciplinary funding levels, and supplement opportunities and requirements should be directed to division contacts listed below or to the disciplinary program officer. (Refer to GPG, Appendix A.)
Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)
Division of Environmental Biology (DEB - 0801): 703-306-1480
CAREER Contact: Mark W. Courtney firstname.lastname@example.org 703-306-1481
Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB - 0807)
CAREER Contact: Maryanna Henkart email@example.com 703-306-1440
Division of Integrative Biology and Neuroscience (IBN - 0809)
CAREER Contact: Fred Stollnitz firstname.lastname@example.org 703-306-1413
Division of Biological Instrumentation and Resources (BIR -
CAREER Contact: Thomas S. Quarles email@example.com 703-306-1470
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)
Division of Computer and Computation Research (CCR - 0501)
CAREER Contact: Bruce Barnes firstname.lastname@example.org 703-306-1910
Division of Information, Robotics, and Intelligent Systems
(IRI - 0502): 703-306-1930
CAREER Contact: Howard Moraff email@example.com 703-306-1928
Division of Advanced Scientific Computing (ASC - 0503):
CAREER Contact: Richard Hirsh firstname.lastname@example.org 703-306-1970
Division of Microelectronic Information Processing Systems(MIP-0504)
CAREER Contact: John Lehmann email@example.com 703-306-1940
Div. of Networking & Communications Res. & Infrastructure(NCR-0505)
CAREER Contact: Aubrey Bush firstname.lastname@example.org 703-306-1949
Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)
Division of Research, Evaluation and Communication (REC - 1105): 703-306-1650
Research on Education, Policy and Practice (REPP):
CAREER Contact: Christopher J. Dede email@example.com
CAREER Contact: Conrad Katzenmeyer firstname.lastname@example.org
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
CAREER Directorate Contact: Bonney H. Sheahan email@example.com 703-306-1733
Division of Social, Behavioral and Economic Research (SBER
- 0404): 703-306-1760
Division of International Programs (INT - 0406): 1-800-437-7408
Division of Science Resources Studies (SRS - 0403): 703-306-1780
Directorate for Engineering (ENG)
CAREER Directorate Contacts:
Sharon L. Middledorf firstname.lastname@example.org 703-306-1384
Janet C. Rutledge email@example.com 703-306-1384
Division of Bioengineering and Environmental Systems (BES -
CAREER Contact: Frederick G. Bowman firstname.lastname@example.org 703-306-1318
Division of Chemical and Transport Systems (CTS - 0702):
CAREER Contact: Maria K. Burka email@example.com 703-306-1371
Division of Civil and Mechanical Systems (CMS - 0703):
CAREER Contact: Sunil Saigal firstname.lastname@example.org 703-306-1361
Division of Design, Manufacture, & Industrial Innovation
(DMII - 0706): 703-306-1330
Laurence M. Seiford email@example.com 703-306-1330
Division of Electrical and Communications Systems (ECS - 0701)
Virginia M. Ayres firstname.lastname@example.org 703-306-1339
Kishan Baheti email@example.com 703-306-1339
Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) and Office of Polar Programs (OPP)
Division of Atmospheric Sciences (ATM - 0602): 703-306-1528
CAREER Contact: Pamela Stephens firstname.lastname@example.org 703-306-1528
Division of Earth Sciences (EAR - 0603): 703-306-1557
CAREER Contact: Michael Mayhew email@example.com 703-306-1556
Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE - 0604): 703-306-1580
CAREER Contact: Mike Reeve firstname.lastname@example.org 703-306-1582
Office of Polar Programs (OPP - 0102): 703-306-1029
CAREER Contact: Carole Seyfrit email@example.com 703-306-1029
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST - 0302): 703-306-1820
CAREER Contact: James Wright firstname.lastname@example.org 703-306-1819
Division of Chemistry (CHE - 0309): 703-306-1840
CAREER Contact: Karolyn Eisenstein email@example.com 703-306-1840
Division of Materials Research (DMR - 0307): 703-306-1810
CAREER Contact: Bruce MacDonald firstname.lastname@example.org 703-306-1935
Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS - 0304): 703-306-1870
CAREER Contact: Al Thaler email@example.com 703-306-1880
Division of Physics (PHY - 0301): 703-306-1890
CAREER Contact: Rolf M. Sinclair firstname.lastname@example.org 703-306-1809
The following information will be needed for the clearance required for presidential awards should you be recommended by the National Science Foundation to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as a nominee for a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Read and sign this form under the Disclosure Statement and return it with your CAREER proposal.
(include full middle name and any former name used)
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER*:________________________________________________
DATE OF BIRTH: ___________________________________________________________
PLACE OF BIRTH:___________________________________________________________
MARK ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:____ U.S. Citizen or National ____Permanent Resident
If you are a permanent resident have you applied for U.S. citizenship?___________________
PERMANENT ADDRESS (and CURRENT HOME ADDRESS, if different) AND TELEPHONE NUMBER:
I, the undersigned potential PECASE nominee, by signing this form acknowledge that I have been informed that the information contained on this form and in the CAREER proposal will be available to those individuals directly involved in the review and award process at the National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). I authorize the disclosure of these materials to those individuals implementing the review and award process.
If permanent resident status is checked, I also authorize disclosure of identifying information from my CAREER proposal to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service for the purpose of verifying permanent resident status.
EFFECT OF NONDISCLOSURE: Submission of this information is voluntary. However, failure to supply the information or authorize these disclosures will result in your ineligibility for a PECASE award.
* Submission of your social security number is voluntary and will not affect eligibility for a PECASE award. However, it is integral to the processing of any Presidential award, including PECASE. SSN solicited under NSF Act of 1950, as amended.
NSF FORM 1317A (5-96)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. Grantees are wholly responsible for conducting their project activities and preparing the results for publication. Thus, the Foundation does not assume responsibility for such findings or their interpretation.
The Foundation welcomes proposals on behalf of all qualified scientists, engineers, and science educators. The Foundation strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to fully participate in its programs.
In accordance with Federal statutes, regulations, and NSF policies, no person on grounds of race, color, age, sex, national origin, or disability shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving financial assistance from NSF.
Facilitation Awards for Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities (FASED) provide funding for special assistance or equipment to enable persons with disabilities (investigators or other staff, including student research assistants) to work on an NSF-supported project.
Upon completion of the project a Final Project Report (NSF Form 98A), including the Part IV Summary, will be required. Applicants should review this form prior to proposal submission so that appropriate tracking methods are included in the proposal plan to ensure that complete information will be available at the end of the project.
The Foundation has TDD and FIRS capabilities that enable individuals with hearing impairment to communicate with the NSF Information Center about NSF programs, employment, or general information. To access TDD, dial (703) 306-0090; for FIRS, 1-800-877-8337.
Activities described in this publication are in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 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.
Privacy Act and Public Burden Statements
The information requested on proposal forms is solicited under the authority of the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended. It will be used in connection with the selection of qualified proposals and may be disclosed to qualified reviewers and NSF staff as part of the review process; to applicant institutions/grantees; to provide or obtain data regarding the application review process, award decisions, or the administration of awards; to government contractors, experts, volunteers and researchers as necessary to complete assigned work; and to other government agencies in order to coordinate programs. See Systems of Records, NSF-50, "Principal Investigator/Proposal File and Associated Records," 60 Federal Register 4449 (January 23, 1995), and NSF-51, "Reviewer/Proposals File and Associated Records," 59 Federal Register 8031 (February 17, 1994). Submission of the information is voluntary. Failure to provide full and complete information, however, may reduce the possibility of your receiving an award.
Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 120 hours per response, including the time for reviewing instructions. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden to:
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(Replaces NSF 96-115)