NSF Career Proposal Academy

The UD Research office is pleased to announce the second year of the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Proposal Academy. This six-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 series of workshops and internal review of your proposal.

Application Deadline: January 17, 2020 — Midnight


To apply to the academy, eligible faculty should follow the process below. Applications are due January 17, 2020 by midnight.
  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. Name of program officer you would like to contact
  4. The NSF Division and program(s) you will be submitting to
  5. Two-page NSF Biosketch
  6. The number of times you have applied to the NSF CAREER Program
  7. Acknowledge commitment to the six-month program
  8. One-page letter of support from the chair
  9. Two or three potential UD reviewers
  10. Two or three potential UD mentors.


2020 NSF Academy Timeline

These dates are tentative and subject to change.


1/17/20 Academy applications due
2/21/20 Draft of Research Objectives
4/17/20 Education, Broader impacts, Evaluations due
6/5/20 Full proposals due for internal review


2/7/20 LUNCH: Mentor and Mentee Kickoff meeting/ Developing the Research Plan & how to work with consultants
3/6/20 LUNCH: Developing an Education Plan
3/20/20 Lunch: Broader Impacts
4/3/20 LUNCH: Evaluation Overview
5/1/20 LUNCH: Budget, Biosketches, Collaborators and Other Affiliations & UD processes & routing
5/15/20 LUNCH: Chair LOS, Postdoc Mentoring, Data Management
5/22/20 LUNCH: NSF Program Officer re: review

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


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