Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) and Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Grant

National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Next deadline: Jul 24, 2024 (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Jul 23, 2025

Grant amount: More than US $400,000

Fields of work: Economics Engineering Mathematics Humanities & Social Science Physics Biology Earth Science Show all

Applicant type: Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within a few years of receiving their PhD

Overview:

Note: Due by 5pm submitting organization's local time

CAREER Program

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation'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. 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.

PECASE

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 three important criteria:

The criteria are :

  • performance of innovative research at the frontiers of science, engineering, and technology that is relevant to the mission of the sponsoring organization or agency,
  • community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education or community outreach, and
  • commitment to STEM equity, diversity, accessibility, and/or inclusion.

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-six 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.

Tenure-Track Equivalency

For a position to be considered a tenure-track-equivalent position, it must meet all of the following requirements: (1) the employee has a continuing appointment that is expected to last the five years of a CAREER grant; (2) the appointment has substantial research and educational responsibilities; and (3) the proposed project relates to the employee's career goals and job responsibilities as well as to the mission of the department or organization. As stated in the Proposal Preparation Instructions, for non-tenure-track faculty, the Departmental Letter must affirm that the investigator's appointment is at an early-career level equivalent to pre-tenure status, and the Departmental Letter must clearly and convincingly demonstrate how the faculty member's appointment satisfies all the above requirements of tenure-track equivalency.

Faculty members who are Associate Professors or in equivalent appointments, with or without tenure, are not eligible for the CAREER program. Faculty members who hold Adjunct Faculty or equivalent appointments are not eligible for the CAREER program.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • 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.
    • Non-profit, 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 PI may submit only one CAREER proposal per annual competition.
    • In addition, a PI 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.
  • Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or co-PI: 1
    • An eligible Principal Investigator may submit only one CAREER proposal per annual competition. No co-PIs are permitted.
  • Additional Eligibility Info:
    • A. CAREER Program
      • Proposers must meet all of the following eligibility requirements as of the annual deadline:
        • Hold a doctoral degree in a field supported by NSF;
        • Be engaged in research in an area of science, engineering, or education supported by NSF;
        • Hold at least a 50% tenure-track (or tenure-track-equivalent) position as an assistant professor (or equivalent title);
        • Be untenured; 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.)
      • PECASE
        • 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.
        • PECASE eligibility is certified with a single-copy document.
    • Please see "Proposal Preparation And Submission Instructions"for further information and guidance.

Preferences:

  • NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Ineligibility:

  • Note that PIs that are Associate Professors or in equivalent appointments, with or without tenure, are not eligible for the CAREER program. No exemptions. 

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