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Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

Grants to USA IHEs and Nonprofits for the Advancement
of Exemplary Scholars in Scientific Fields

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Funding Source:

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline Date:

07/19/19 - Deadline for BIO, CISE, EHR; 7/18/19 for ENG; 7/19/19 for GEO, MPS, SBE


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Grants to USA colleges, universities, and nonprofits engaged in educational or research activities to support early-career faculty members who demonstrate a strong potential to advance science and academia. This award is given to faculty who are likely to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their organization or department.

Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.


Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of NSF, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education, or community outreach.

These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation’s future. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies.

At NSF, up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees.

For more program details, see the RFP document:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162930

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Awards: 450 per year

Estimated Size of Grant:

The CAREER award, including indirect costs, is expected to total a minimum of $400,000 for the 5-year duration, with the following exceptions: Awards for proposals to the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), or the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) are expected to total a minimum of $500,000 for the 5-year duration.

The PECASE award is an honorary award for all NSF recipients and does not provide additional funds. CAREER awards are eligible for supplemental funding as described in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG).

Term of Contract:

The CAREER award will be for a 5-year duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

-Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.

-Nonprofit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

Who May Serve as PI:

-A Principal Investigator (PI) may submit only one CAREER proposal per annual competition. In addition, a Principal Investigator may not participate in more than three CAREER competitions. Proposals that are not reviewed (i.e., are withdrawn before review or are returned without review) do not count toward the three-competition limit.

Additional Eligibility Info:

A. CAREER Program

Proposers must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
-Hold a doctoral degree in a field supported by NSF by the cognizant Directorate's deadline for submission of CAREER proposals;
-Be engaged in research in an area of science, engineering, or education supported by NSF;
-Be employed in a tenure-track (or tenure-track-equivalent) position as an assistant professor (or equivalent title) as of October 1 after the proposal submission;
-Be untenured as of October 1 following the proposal submission; and
-Have not previously received a CAREER award. (Prior or concurrent Federal support for other types of awards for non-duplicative research does not preclude eligibility.)

For details on Tenure-Track Equivalency, see the RFP:

No exemptions from these eligibility criteria will be granted.


PECASE eligibility requires that the applicant be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident by the time of nomination. Only recent CAREER awardees are considered as potential PECASE nominees by NSF. Although persons who have received PECASE awards through other agencies may be eligible for CAREER, they are not eligible to be nominated by NSF for another PECASE award.

Pre-proposal Conference:

CAREER Webinar 2019: May 9, 2019, 2-4 pm

Registration has reached its limit for this webinar.

Pre-Application Information:

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

2019 Due Dates:
-BIO, CISE, EHR: July 17, 2019
-ENG: July 18, 2019
-GEO, MPS, SBE: July 19, 2019

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To prepare and submit a proposal via FastLane, see detailed technical instructions available at:

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Henry A. Warchall
(703) 292-4861 (preferred contact method)

Division CAREER contacts are listed on the CAREER web page at:

NSF Contact:
(703) 292-5111

CFDA 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 / 47.079 --- Office of International Science and Engineering / 47.083 --- Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)

Funding or Pin Number:

NSF 17-537

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