Website: NSF CAREER Program

Award Focus and Review Criteria: supports junior faculty who are examples of excellent teacher-scholars. Rewards outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of the organization

Award amount: $400,000+ for 5 years

Funding for PI salary, research assistantships, travel, materials and supplies, publication costs, consultant services, equipment, field work, research at other institutions.

Deadline: mid-July


  • Submission via Fastlane, with support from Amherst’s  Office of the Comptroller
  • Contact with Program Officers is encouraged. To locate a contact closest to your area of research, go to NSF website, look on the left toolbar, select Program Areas" then NSF Division/Office to review the Divisions, Programs, and Program Descriptions.
  • Review NSF Fastlane application instructions early in your proposal development process
  • Search NSF Fastlane for examples of similar funded proposals
  • The Grant Application Writer's Workbook: NSF Fastlane version, Russell and Morrison (copy located in Frost library)--RECOMMENDED

RESOURCES to strengthen your application

Writing a Winning CAREER Proposal by Lucy Deckard, Academic Research Funding Strategies LLC (scroll down for links to examples of proposal section text)

NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Tips (a compendium of advice from applicants at various institutions, compiled by A.J. Pei at Kansas State University)

Dr. Hazelrigg CAREER presentation at NSF

Dr. Gupta CAREER presentation at NSF

Dr. German CAREER presentation at NSF

Writing your research and education plan (from CAREER award workshop at University of Washington)

Developing an effective education plan for your CAREER (blog posting by Ecologist Dr. Meghan Duffy, U of MI)

NSF CAREER panel discussion (7 award recipients from U of Central Florida discuss their experiences; posted April 2016; about 1.5 hours)