Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQs) about the
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
For Fiscal Years 2003, 2004, and 2005
Also includes information on
the NSF component of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists
and Engineers (PECASE) Program
CAREER PROGRAM SOLICITATION
The CAREER Program offers the National Science Foundation's most
prestigious awards for outstanding faculty early in their independent
professional careers. To strengthen and enhance the Foundation's
support of CAREER, and to ensure that the size and duration of the
awards are fully commensurate with the importance of the program,
beginning with the FY 2003 CAREER competition, changes were made
to the CAREER Program Solicitation (NSF 02-111) in
the following areas:
Changes were also made in proposal preparation and submission guidelines,
including changes in the submission deadline dates.
Proposals must be submitted via FastLane by 5:00 p.m., your local
time, on or before the applicable deadline date below:
July 23, 2002; July
22, 2003; July 20, 2004
Biological Sciences (BIO)
Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)
Education and Human Resources (EHR)
July 24, 2002; July 23, 2003; July 21, 2004
July 25, 2002; July
24, 2003; July 22, 2004
Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)
Office of Polar Programs (OPP)
The official guidelines for submission of CAREER proposals can be
found in the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Solicitation
(NSF 02-111), available
on the NSF web site (https://www.nsf.gov/career).
Step-by-step submission instructions are also available at this site.
The following questions and answers are intended to be helpful supplements
to the program guidelines. New and substantially revised questions
are identified as such throughout this document.
The following sections of this document can be directly accessed by
selecting the appropriate heading:
B. PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS AND FASTLANE
C. ANNOUNCEMENT OF CAREER AWARDS AND PECASE AWARDS
D. BUDGET AND AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION
E. SUPPLEMENTS TO AWARDED GRANTS
My department (or organization) does not offer tenure, so I am not
in a tenure-track appointment. How can I determine if my appointment
would be considered a tenure-track-equivalent appointment?
For your appointment to be considered
a tenure-track-equivalent appointment you must meet all of the following
employing department or organization does not offer tenure;
are engaged in research in an area of science or engineering supported
appointment is a continuing appointment;
appointment has substantial educational responsibilities; and
career-development plan relates to your career goals and job responsibilities
as well as the goals of your department/organization.
"Research" and "Instructor" positions are typically
not considered to be CAREER-eligible tenure-track-equivalent positions
and individuals in soft-money appointments and/or visiting appointments
are not considered to be in continuing appointments. You will be asked
to certify that your position meets these requirements at the time
you prepare your proposal cover sheet. In addition, your Department
Chair will be asked to verify this information. Since you are self-certifying
your eligibility, you do not need to get NSF approval of a tenure-track-equivalent
appointment before submitting a CAREER proposal. However, if you
have any questions you can direct them to the appropriate CAREER Directorate
Contact. The "CAREER Contacts List" can be found on the CAREER
Web page at https://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/career/contacts.htm.
Although my organization offers tenure, the research institute that
employs me does not. Am I eligible?
Answer: Yes, you can apply as long as your appointment meets
the requirements for tenure-track equivalency and
you meet all of the other CAREER eligibility criteria.
Am I eligible to apply if I work at a non-degree-granting organization
such as a museum, observatory, or research lab?
Answer: Yes, but your appointment must be a tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent appointment and you must also meet all of the other CAREER
According to the CAREER Program Solicitation I am required to hold
a doctoral degree by the July proposal submission deadline. I have
defended my thesis but have not been awarded the diploma. Can I apply
to the CAREER Program?
Answer: No. You are not eligible unless you receive the official,
dated diploma, by the relevant Directorate's July deadline for submission
of CAREER proposals.
There is a new eligibility requirement that applicants have not competed
more than two times previously in the NSF CAREER Program. I have
applied three times, but one of my proposals was withdrawn (or was
returned due to non-compliance with the proposal submission requirements)
before it was reviewed. I did not have the benefit of reviewers'
feedback. Does that application count against me?
The CAREER Program Solicitation states that you could not have "competed" more
than two times previously in the NSF CAREER Program (i.e., you
may compete a total of three times).
Therefore, as long as your withdrawn/returned proposal was not considered
in the CAREER competition (you did not have the benefit of the reviewers'
comments), that CAREER proposal does not count towards your eligibility
and you will be eligible one more time.
The CAREER eligibility requirements in the previous solicitation
(NSF 01-84) included restrictions on time elapsed since receipt of
doctoral degree and as well as since start of the first tenure-track
(or equivalent) appointment. Are there no longer qualifying dates
for receipt of degree and first appointment?
has streamlined and simplified the eligibility criteria, recognizing
that early-career faculty members must develop
their careers at whatever rate is appropriate for them given their
personal and professional choices. Therefore, there are no longer qualifying
dates for receipt of degree and first appointment. No eligibility
exemptions will be granted.
I have just started in a tenure-track (or equivalent) position as
an assistant professor (or equivalent). Since I now have three opportunities
to apply to the CAREER Program, I am unsure as to whether I should
apply now or wait until next year. What should I do?
Answer: With the elimination of the eligibility window that
included dates since first tenure-track appointment and receipt of
doctoral degree, NSF added the requirement that applicants will have
three opportunities to apply to the CAREER Program. The intent of this
addition is to encourage new faculty to think strategically about their
readiness for the CAREER Program. Since background and experience can
vary for each new faculty member (based on post-docs and/or industry
or other experience), it is suggested that you consult with your Department
Chair regarding your own individual career-development plans and goals
in order to determine what would work best for you.
I held a tenured position at my former organization, but I am not
in a tenured position now. Am I eligible to apply?
Answer: Yes, you are eligible to apply as long as you are untenured
as of the relevant Directorate's July deadline for submission of CAREER
proposals and you meet the other CAREER eligibility criteria.
In the current CAREER Program Solicitation it states that applicants
must have the title of "assistant professor" or equivalent.
I am in a tenure-track appointment, but my title is "associate
professor." Can I apply?
Answer: No. Since the CAREER
Program is intended for faculty members who are at or near the
beginning of their careers, NSF added
the requirement that applicants hold the title of "assistant professor" or
equivalent by the October 1st that follows their July proposal submission
deadline. If your title were to change to "associate professor" after
October 1st, you would still be eligible for a CAREER award.
Am I eligible if I have an adjunct appointment at a university/college?
Answer: No. Adjunct appointments are not CAREER-eligible tenure-track
or tenure-track-equivalent appointments.
Am I eligible if I work at a 2-year college or a community college?
Answer: These colleges are CAREER-eligible institutions if
they award degrees in a field supported by NSF. If you meet all of
the other CAREER eligibility criteria, you are eligible to apply to
the CAREER Program.
- (Added 01/03) Question: I
have a Doctorate in Mathematics Education. Am I eligible
NSF supports educational research both through the Education
and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate and also
through all of the other Directorates. However, a person with
a Ph.D or Ed.D. in education will probably be conducting research that
is more applicable to the Education and Human Resources Directorate. If
you are not sure where to submit your proposal, talk with the program
director of the program you think is most closely related to your research
or to one of the CAREER Contacts in the relevant Directorate. Telephone
numbers and email addresses for NSF staff can be found through the
NSF staff directory at http://staff.nsf.gov/.
The CAREER contacts list is available at https://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/career/contacts.htm.
I am a new faculty member in a tenure-track appointment at a university
that qualifies as an "undergraduate institution" under
the provisions of the Research in Undergraduate Institutions Program
Announcement (RUI), NSF 00-144. Can
I submit to the CAREER Program and if so, is it possible to apply
for the CAREER Program under the RUI provisions?
Answer: You can apply to the CAREER Program as long as you
meet all of the CAREER eligibility requirements. However, you cannot
submit your proposal to the CAREER Program and apply under the RUI
Program Announcement. Therefore, you must choose to submit the proposal
to RUI or to CAREER. NSF encourages CAREER proposals from new faculty
members at all U.S. academic institutions that award degrees
in a field supported by NSF. CAREER awardees will be selected on the
basis of creative career-development plans that effectively integrate
research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.
Predominantly undergraduate institutions play a critically important
role in U.S. science and technology through their substantial contributions
to research and education. Therefore, applicants from RUI institutions
are encouraged to apply to the CAREER Program.
Am I eligible if I hold a shared tenure-track appointment at a university?
Answer: Yes. You do not need to be in a full-time tenure-track
appointment. However, you must meet all the other CAREER eligibility
I do not currently hold a CAREER-eligible appointment but I hope
to have one by October 1st. Can I apply?
Answer: No. To apply to the July deadline for submission of
CAREER proposals you must be employed in a CAREER-eligible position
at a CAREER-eligible organization or have a contractual agreement with
a CAREER-eligible organization for you to begin a CAREER-eligible appointment
by the October 1st deadline that follows your July CAREER proposal
I am not a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident. Can I still
apply to the CAREER program?
Answer: Yes, you may apply to the CAREER program if you meet
the CAREER eligibility criteria, including affiliation with a U.S.
organization. However, you will not be eligible for an NSF PECASE award
unless you are a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident by the
relevant Directorate's July deadline for submission of proposals.
If I have received funds from the Federal Government to perform research,
am I still eligible?
Answer: Yes, you may submit a CAREER
proposal as long as those funds were not received from NSF in the
CAREER program and the proposed
research activities of your CAREER application do not duplicate those
concurrently supported through another source. However, you do
need to meet all CAREER eligibility criteria.
B. PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS AND FASTLANE
Proposals must be submitted via FastLane. We strongly encourage all
applicants to begin preparing your CAREER proposals early, especially
if this is your first experience submitting to NSF through FastLane. Before
preparing a CAREER proposal, refer to the CAREER Program Solicitation
and the FastLane Web page at http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/a1/newstan.htm for
detailed instructions on proposal preparation and submission. Also
refer to the FAQs on FastLane proposal preparation, which can be found
- (Added 01/03) Question: Why can’t
I access the Proposal Preparation section of FastLane?
Answer:You and your institution must
be registered in FastLane in order to have access to the FastLane
proposal-preparation modules and for your
Sponsored Projects Office (SPO) or equivalent to submit your proposal
in FastLane. If you are not sure if you are registered, contact
your Sponsored Projects Office or equivalent as soon as possible.
What if my proposal is submitted after the relevant Directorate's
(or Office's) deadline for proposal submissions?
Answer: Only proposals submitted electronically by your organization
via FastLane before 5:00 p.m. (your local time) on or before the Directorate/Office
deadline will be accepted. 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. Refer to the CAREER
Program Solicitation and the FastLane Web page for more details. Any
CAREER proposal received after the Directorate/Office deadline will
not be reviewed or considered for funding. Please note that NSF
program officers are not authorized to grant extensions to the deadline
for the CAREER program.
I know that my organization has to submit my proposal by 5:00 p.m.
my local time, but I understand that there is an Administrative Corrections
capability during which authorized Sponsored Project Office personnel
may make corrections to the cover sheet and budget pages after the
submission. How does this impact my meeting the 5:00 p.m. CAREER
proposal submission deadline?
Answer: NSF recognizes
that minor, non-content-related errors may occur in proposal development
and that these errors may not be
discovered until after the proposal submission to NSF. To enable organizations
to correct such errors, FastLane provides a 60-minute "grace period," that
begins immediately following proposal submission. This grace period
does not extend the proposal deadline. Your proposal must be submitted
by 5:00 p.m. your local time, and administrative corrections are allowed
until 6:00 p.m., your local time on your deadline date. During this
grace period, authorized sponsored project office personnel are authorized
to make administrative corrections only to the Cover Sheet and Budget
data. Access to the Administrative Corrections utility is via the Research
Administration module on the FastLane website through
use of the "Submit Proposals to NSF" function.
- (Revised 01/03) Question: How
do I decide to which program I should submit my CAREER proposal?
Answer: When determining
where to submit your proposal, you should also consider if the
proposed research project falls within
the realm of research that NSF normally supports. If so, then
you will need to identify a specific disciplinary program that is related
to the research goals of the proposal, as CAREER proposals are submitted
directly to disciplinary programs for review. In addition to identifying
the CAREER Program Solicitation number (NSF
02-111) on the proposal cover sheet, you must specify a
disciplinary program. The following resources can help you determine
the appropriateness of your project for NSF (and simultaneously to
identify the disciplinary program to which you should submit):
NSF Guide to Programs. This document provides descriptions
of NSF's research-supporting programs and is available at https://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?gp.
Web pages also provide program information. You can
access a Directorate's Web page by selecting the Directorate's
the CAREER contacts
list at https://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/career/contacts.htm.
with the program director of the program you think
is most closely
related to your research or to one of the CAREER Contacts
in the relevant Directorate. Telephone numbers and
for NSF staff can
be found through the NSF staff directory at http://staff.nsf.gov/.
The CAREER contacts list is available at https://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/career/contacts.htm.
PIs are strongly encouraged to contact the program officer most closely
related to the subject matter when preparing cross-disciplinary proposals.
You may designate more than one program in FastLane if you think the
proposal should be jointly reviewed by two or more disciplinary programs. However,
do not submit duplicate CAREER proposals to multiple NSF programs.
Note: if NSF determines that your proposal would be more appropriate
for a different program than the one you indicated, the proposal will
be reassigned to the appropriate organizational unit. NSF will make
the final determination of where your proposal will be assigned and
I am not sure whether I should submit my proposal to the CAREER Program,
to another special NSF Program, or as a regular proposal. To whom
should I direct this question?
Answer: You should address your question to the program director
of the program you think is most closely related to your research topic
or to one of the CAREER Contacts (refer to the list on the CAREER Web
page at https://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/career/contacts.htm).
I have two possible projects. Can I submit two CAREER proposals?
Answer: No, only one proposal may be submitted to the CAREER
program per competition year. If the research topic of the second proposal
is considerably different from that described in the CAREER proposal,
you may submit a regular unsolicited proposal while the CAREER proposal
is under consideration. NSF will return a second proposal on a closely
related research topic without review.
I will have a collaborator on my proposal. Can I include the collaborator
as a CO-PI or "other senior personnel" on my budget?
Answer: No. Your research project and/or educational activities
can be collaborative, but a CAREER award is intended to enable an awardee
to carry out his or her individual career-development plan. Therefore,
no Co-Principal Investigator may be named and collaborators cannot
be analogous to Co-PIs. No salary support for other senior personnel
(as defined in Appendix C of the Grant
Proposal Guide) may be included in section A of the budget, either
in the primary budget or within a subaward to a collaborating institution.
What documentation can I submit to show the collaborative effort
I am proposing?
Answer: The planned collaborative effort(s) should be described
in your career-development plan. You may also submit a short letter
from each collaborator to support the partnerships you have described
in the proposal. Scan the signed and dated letter(s) into the Supplementary
Documents section of your proposal. The letters should only describe
the planned collaborative effort(s). Reference letters are not allowed.
Do not submit any other documentation such as biographical sketches
or other NSF forms for any collaborator.
I am interested in adding an international dimension to my career-development
plan. Is that allowed and, if so, how would I find out what kinds
of activities are eligible for support?
for international collaborations are encouraged. The opportunity
to collaborate with outstanding foreign researchers
and educators, or access unique equipment and facilities, may provide
substantial benefits to the research and education activities proposed.
For 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 00-138, available at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2000/nsf00138/nsf00138.htm).
How many pages should I devote to describing research and how many
Answer: No number is specified. Use the 15 pages allowed for
proposal Section C, Project Description, including any results from
prior NSF support, to describe your career-development plan to your
best advantage. A major objective of the CAREER program is to encourage
the integration of research and education. You may wish to prepare
a career-development plan that fully integrates these aspects of your
academic career, rather than separating them.
While excellence in both education and research is expected, activity
of an intensity that leads to an unreasonable workload is not. For
instance, teaching additional courses or taking on additional duties
is not expected. In fact, a justification for released 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 5-year period that will build a firm foundation for a lifetime
of integrated contributions to research and education. Refer to the
CAREER Program Solicitation, II.A. for representative examples of educational
activities. CAREER applicants may also find the Examples of Activities
Illustrating Broader Impacts useful in preparing
their CAREER proposals.
What should I discuss with my department head? What should be addressed
in the Departmental Endorsement?
should discuss your career-development plan and how it
fits with your department's and organization's plans, your
to the department, and the support that the department will give you.
Your department head's statement should attest to the department's
support of your plan and that your plan is integrated into the educational
and research goals of your department and organization. In this statement
your Department Chair will also be asked to describe the support the
department/organization will provide and to verify your eligibility
for the CAREER Program. The statement must follow the format prescribed
in the CAREER Program Solicitation. It is recommended that the
Departmental Endorsement be approximately one page in length. Note
that the instructions for the preparation of the Departmental Endorsement
have changed from the FY 2002 CAREER Program Solicitation (NSF 01-84).
I would like to submit some additional tabular material that would
exceed the 15-page limit on the length of the project description.
Can I submit this as an appendix?
Answer: Prior to submission of the proposal, the appropriate
NSF Assistant Director must approve in writing, inclusion of additional
material that exceeds the 15-page project description limitation. Please
note, however, that such approvals are rarely granted. (See GPG
Section II.A for additional information.)
How do I apply for the PECASE award?
Answer: Each participating Federal agency has its own nomination
procedures. Each year NSF will select its PECASE nominees from among
the most meritorious PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees who applied to
that year's CAREER competition. To be eligible for a PECASE award through
NSF, you must submit a CAREER proposal and have certified that
you were PECASE eligible on the CAREER and PECASE Eligibility Certifications.
In addition to meeting the CAREER eligibility requirements, PECASE
nominees must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who
hold that status on or before their July deadline for submission of
CAREER proposals. The most meritorious PECASE-eligible CAREER PIs who
have indicated that they are "PECASE Eligible" may be asked
to submit supplemental information.
- (Revised 01/03) Question: I am preparing a CAREER proposal for submission
to the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). What
are considered acceptable research activities?
Answer: Research plans submitted to EHR should be oriented
toward laying the conceptual foundations and expanding the knowledge
base necessary to support the enhancement of science, mathematics,
technology and engineering education at all levels.
CAREER awards should address the research
questions or areas of interest in EHR Divisions and programs. EHR
programs that have a strong research component include:
Evaluation and Communication Division (REC): The
Research on Learning and Education (ROLE ) and Evaluative Research
and Evaluation Capacity Building (EREC).
Secondary and Informal Science Division (ESIE): Informal
Science Education (ISE); Teacher Professional Continuum (TPC);
Instructional Materials Development (IMD); Centers for Learning
of Undergraduate Education (DUE): Assessment of
Student Achievement in Undergraduate Education (ASA); National
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Digital
of Graduate Education (DGE) NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows
in K-12 Education (GK-12); Integrative Graduate Education
of Human Resource Development (HRD): Gender Diversity
in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education
for Persons with Disabilities (PPD).
and Science Partnership (MSP) Research, Evaluation
and Technical Assistance;
These programs can be found on the EHR
WebPage at http://nsf.gov/home/ehr/.
Activities such as laboratory-equipment design, instructional-materials
development, professional development for teachers and/or the creation
of informal education programs may be cited as part of the education
plan of the CAREER proposal. However, these activities do not satisfy
the requirement for a research plan in Science, Technology, Engineering
and Mathematics (STEM) education.
- (Added 01/03) Question: To
what program in EHR should I submit a CAREER proposal?
proposals to EHR should be submitted to the Research, Evaluation
and Communication Division (REC). REC will
coordinate review of proposals among the other Divisions.
I am preparing a CAREER proposal for submission to the Office of
Polar Programs. Do I need any additional information before writing
Answer: Before preparing your CAREER proposal, you should refer
to the Antarctic Research Opportunities and Proposal Guide (NSF 01-81)
or the Arctic Research Program Announcement (NSF 00-96). Both of these
documents are available from the Office of Polar Programs Web page
If I held an NSF postdoctoral fellowship, do I need to include a "Results
from Prior Support" section as mentioned in the Guide Proposal
Answer: Yes, you must include a "Results from Prior Support" section
whenever you have served as a PI or co-PI on any NSF grant within the
last 5 years. This includes postdoctoral fellowships, grants in equipment
programs such as Major Research Instrumentation, and educational grants.
If you have received more than one prior award (excluding amendments),
you must report on the award that is most closely related to the CAREER
proposal. (See GPG Section II.C for
the required information.)
Does it matter which style of referencing is used in the "References
Cited - Proposal Section D"?
Answer: Reference styles should conform to standards in your
particular field. Titles are required. See GPG Section II.C for
the required information.
C. ANNOUNCEMENT OF CAREER AWARDS AND PECASE AWARDS
When will I be notified of the final decision on my CAREER proposal?
Answer: Most applicants will be notified by the February
following their July deadline. CAREER proposals are reviewed by different
(and/or ad hoc review) held at different times across the Foundation.
Thus, award and declination letters will be issued at different times.
You can check the status of your CAREER proposal by accessing the FastLane website. If you
have not received notification of a decision on your proposal by February
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 of your proposal. Your proposal's
NSF program assignment appears in the FastLane Proposal Inquiry module.
If I receive a CAREER award, how will I know whether I am being considered
for a PECASE award? When will I hear something if I am to get a PECASE
Answer: All CAREER awardees who are eligible for PECASE and
who have certified their eligibility by completing the CAREER and PECASE
Eligibility Certifications will be considered. Each year, up to 20
of the most meritorious PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees will be recommended
to the White House for consideration for PECASE awards. Recipients
will be notified after the Presidential awardees have been selected
and approved by the White House. It is anticipated that PECASE notification
will be made approximately 15 months following each year's July CAREER
proposal submission deadline. No information can be released until
such time as the White House announces the awards.
If I receive a PECASE award, what will happen to my CAREER award?
What would the PECASE award include?
Answer: NSF PECASE awards are entirely honorary and do not
provide additional funds. The PECASE award will not change the amount
or duration of your CAREER award.
D. BUDGET AND AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION
What is an appropriate level of funding to request?
Answer: Beginning with the FY 2003 competition, the minimum
CAREER award size is $400,000 for a 5-year period with the following
exception. Applicants to the Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO)
must submit budget requests for a minimum of $500,000 (approximately
$100,000 per year) for the 5-year duration. There is no maximum award
size. Based on the availability of funds, the minimum amounts for FY
2005 may change. (Check the CAREER Web page (https://www.nsf.gov/career) three months
prior to the submission deadline for updated information.) To inquire
about appropriate budget requests for your discipline and activities
you can contact the relevant disciplinary program director or the appropriate
CAREER division contact (see the CAREER Contacts List on the CAREER
Web page at https://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/career/contacts.htm).
In competitions prior to FY 2003, the Directorate for Engineering
had a standard award size (such as the $75,000 per year and $375,000
total for FY 2002). Has the standard award size for ENG been eliminated?
Answer: Yes, beginning with the FY 2003 CAREER competition
the Directorate for Engineering no longer has a standard award size.
Therefore, your budgets can vary but they must meet the NSF requirement
for a five-year duration and a minimum of $400,000 for the total award.
You should prepare your budgets according to the scope of activities
being proposed and the practices within your discipline. To inquire
about the appropriate budget request for your proposed CAREER activities
and your discipline, you can contact your disciplinary program director
or the division's CAREER contact (see the CAREER Contacts List on the
CAREER Web page at https://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/career/contacts.htm).
Does the duration of CAREER awards still vary from 4 to 5 years?
Answer: No. CAREER awards will be for a uniform duration of
Are the reporting requirements for CAREER awards the same as for
other NSF awards?
Answer: There are additional reporting requirements for CAREER
awards. As with other NSF awards, annual and final reports are required,
and CAREER reports must also provide approval and reaffirmation of
the department's endorsement of the work plan and continuing partnership
in the individual's career-development plan. This approval and reaffirmation
of support must be signed by the PI's department head or equivalent
and uploaded into the report as a PDF file. Instructions for preparing
project reports and uploading departmental endorsements into CAREER
project reports can be found on the CAREER Web page at https://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/career/report.htm.
Also refer to the GPG, Chapter VI.G.1 for information on preparation
and submission of annual and final reports. Annual progress reports
should summarize progress in both research and education and, where
appropriate, collaborative activities. The report should also include
an update of other support, if applicable.
E. SUPPLEMENTS TO AWARDED GRANTS
What types of supplemental funds are available for CAREER awards?
Answer: CAREER awards are eligible for supplemental funding
as described in the GPG, Section V.B.4.
Should I make preparations to obtain matching funds from industry
Answer. No. Supplements for industry matching are no longer
allowed for new CAREER awards.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL SCIENCE
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.
NSF welcomes proposals from all qualified scientists, engineers and
educators. The Foundation strongly encourages women, minorities,
and persons with disabilities to compete fully 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, be denied the benefits of,
or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving
financial assistance from NSF (unless otherwise specified in the eligibility
requirements for a particular program).
Facilitation Awards for Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities
(FASED) provide funding for special assistance or equipment to enable
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