NSF Career Proposal Academy

The UD Research office is pleased to announce the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Proposal Academy, launching on October 26, 2018. This ten-month proposal preparation program will assist applicants to become more competitive with applications to the NSF’s Early Career Development Program (CAREER). The UD program includes an assigned mentor, grant editing, graphical assistance, a brown bag series of workshops, preparation to visit with an NSF program officer, and internal review of your proposal.


To apply to the academy, eligible faculty should follow the process described below. Applications are due November 14, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.

  1. Click on the RO Competition Portal button above.
  2. To find the NSF CAREER Proposal Academy application simply search by Keyword(s) or select View All Grants.
  3. Once application is found, click APPLY and login using your UDel credentials.
  4. Required submission materials for the program may be found in the individual online application and below. 

Required Application Materials

  1. Research interest (No more than 250 words).
  2. How your research aligns with the NSF CAREER Program (no more than 250 words).
  3. Please identify the NSF Division and program(s) you are considering.
  4. Two-page NSF Biosketch (NSF Biosketch Template [DOCX]).
  5. The number of times you have applied to the NSF CAREER Program.
  6. Acknowledge commitment to ten-month program.
  7. One-page letter of support from the chair.
  8. Two or three potential UD reviewers.
  9. Two or three potential UD mentors.


The program will require a certain amount of time commitment throughout the academic year to participate in the various activities of the program. In addition to a time commitment, participants need to commit to the deadlines established by the career academy for producing the parts of a grant proposal.


For additional information contact:

Leigh Botner
Ph: (302) 831-7088



Deadline Milestone
10/26/18 Overview of the program meeting
11/14/18 Academy applications due
12/14/18 Mentor and Mentee Kickoff meeting/ Developing the Res Plan
1/4/19 Draft of first 3 pages of the proposal due
1/25/19 Brown Bag Lunch: Developing an Education Plan
1/30/19 Write Winning Grant Proposals- all day workshop
2/15/19 Brown Bag Lunch: Broader Impacts
2/15/19 Research objectives due
3/1/19 Brown Bag Lunch: Preparing to contact & visit NSF program officers & evaluation
3/15/19 Education, Broader impacts, evaluations due
4/19/19 Brown Bag Lunch: Other parts of the proposal
4/1 – 26/19 Individual visits NSF program officers
4/8 – 26/19 Engage w/external grant writers
5/10/19 Brown Bag Lunch: NSF review
TBA Writing Day/NSF CAREER Webinar
5/31/19 Full proposals due
6/28/19 Brown Bag Lunch: critiques & resubmissions
7/19 Graduation w/NSF Career proposal submission
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