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Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline Date:

07/27/22 5:00 PM Submitter's Local Time


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and IHEs for activities that further the professional advancement of researchers and educators. First-time applicants are advised that required registrations can take at least nine weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support the career development of faculty members in the early stage of their careers to develop as outstanding researchers and educators in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering fields.

This program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards for faculty members beginning their independent careers. The intent of the program is to provide stable support at a sufficient level and duration to enable awardees to develop careers not only as outstanding researchers but also as educators demonstrating commitment to teaching, learning, and dissemination of knowledge. 

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.

All CAREER proposals should describe an integrated path that will lead to a successful career as an outstanding researcher and educator. A wide range of research and education activities may be appropriate for the CAREER program. In addition, NSF recognizes that some investigators, given their individual disciplinary and career interests, may wish to pursue an additional activity such as entrepreneurship, industry partnerships, or policy that enhances their research and education plans. 

Proposed research activities may be in any area of science, mathematics, engineering and education normally supported by NSF.

Education Activities – The education component of the proposal may be in a broad range of areas and may be directed to any level: K-12 students, undergraduates, graduate students, and/or the general public, but should be related to the proposed research and consistent with the career goals of the PI. Education activities may also include designing new or adapting and implementing effective educational materials and practices. Such activities should be consistent with research and best practices in curriculum, pedagogy, and evaluation. Proposers may build on, or otherwise meaningfully participate in, existing NSF-supported activities or other educational projects ongoing on campus. For examples of Education activities, see

Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives – NSF recognizes that disciplinary boundaries evolve with time and that inter-, multi-, trans-disciplinary approaches are often needed to push the frontiers of research and education. Proposals are invited from early-career investigators who wish to pursue research and education activities that cross disciplinary boundaries.


The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent research careers. 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. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162930

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Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Awards: 500 per year. PECASE: Up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees.

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.
- 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 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.


Nominees for this award are selected from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE.

Pre-Application Information:

The next full proposal deadline date is July 27, 2022 due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time; and then every fourth Wednesday in July, annually thereafter.

Only one annual deadline applies to all CAREER submissions.

Because late proposals will not be accepted by NSF, NSF strongly advises PIs and institutions to abide by the milestones listed in the CAREER submission timeline. Please note that new organizations (not registered at NSF or that don’t have a DUNS ID), should start the process of registration at least nine weeks in advance. For PIs that are new (no NSF ID) or have not logged into the systems for a long time, you are encouraged to start at least three weeks in advance to resolve any account issues.

Prior to proposal submission, all proposing organizations are required to have reviewed and certified compliance with the government-wide financial assistance representations and certifications maintained in SAM. Proposals submitted via must go through additional processing before they are accepted at NSF.

NSF strives to be able to tell applicants whether their proposals have been declined or recommended for funding within six months.

An eligible Principal Investigator may submit only one CAREER proposal per annual competition.

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

Proposers may opt to submit proposals in response to this Program Solicitation via FastLane,, or

General inquiries regarding this program should be made to:

- Division CAREER contacts listed on the CAREER web page at:
- Faculty Early Career program, telephone: (703) 292-5111, email:
- For questions related to the use of FastLane or, contact FastLane and Help Desk: 1-800-673-6188; FastLane Help Desk e-mail:; Help Desk e-mail:
- For questions relating to, contact Contact Center. If the Authorized Organizational Representatives (AOR) has not received a confirmation message from within 48 hours of submission of application, please contact via telephone: 1-800-518-4726; e-mail:
- CAREER Directorate and Division Contacts:

Faculty Early Career program

National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Tel: (703) 292-5111

Webinar Contact persons:
Barry (Finbarr) Sloane:
Claudia Rankins:
awn Rickey:

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 20-525

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