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NSF Announces Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is an NSF-wide activity that offers the Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

All CAREER proposals must have an integrated research and education plan at their core. NSF recognizes that there is no single approach to an integrated research and education plan, but encourages all applicants to think creatively about how their research will impact their education goals and, conversely, how their education activities will feed back into their research. These plans should reflect both the proposer's own disciplinary and educational interests and goals, as well as the needs and context of his or her organization. Because there may be different expectations within different disciplinary fields and/or different organizations, a wide range of research and education activities may be appropriate for the CAREER program.

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.

Proposal Deadline dates:

July 22, 2013:  Biological Sciences, Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering, Directorate for Education & Human Resources, and Office of Cyberinfrastructure
July 23, 2013:  Directorate for Engineering
July 24, 2013: Directorate for Geosciences, Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences, Office of Polar Programs

The minimum CAREER award size is $400,000 for a 5- year period except in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) and the Office of Polar Programs (OPP). Proposals to BIO and OPP must request a minimum of $500,000 (approximately$100,000 per year) for the 5-year duration. 

The guidelines are available at  http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214

National Science Foundation:  Developmental and Learning Sciences

The Developmental and Learning Sciences program supports fundamental research that increases understanding of cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural, and biological processes related to children's and adolescents' development and learning. Research will add to knowledge of how people learn and the developmental processes that support learning, leading children and adolescents to grow up to take productive roles as workers and citizens.

This program currently accepting individual investigator and workshop/small conference proposals.

Annual target dates are January 15th and July 15th.  The program page for the guidelines, a list of program officers, and abstracts of previous awards is at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=8671

National Science Foundation: Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program

The MRI program at NSF supports acquisition and development of shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments.

Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use; development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged. Awards range from $100,000 to $4 million.

This is a Limited Submission program: an institution may only submit three proposals, and at least one proposal must be in the Development track. PIs should contact their Chair and OSP as soon as possible if considering a proposal to this program. 

The next deadline is January 23, 2014. Cost share of 30% is required.   

The MRI program page for full guidelines, a list of program officers, and abstracts of previous awards is at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5260.

For an extensive list of grant deadlines and program descriptions, visit to the Grants Resource Center (GRC). GRC publishes an upcoming "Deadlines" list each month. Various Fellowships are included. To access GRC, you must be linked to an NIU server.  A proxy login is available; contact your Research Development Specialist for off-campus login information.

Please note that NIU faculty and staff may not be eligible to apply for all the programs listed at the GRC site; some may have geographic limitations or be targeted to medical schools, minority institutions, etc.  Check individual agency sites for detailed guidelines of a particular listing, or contact your Research Development Specialist for assistance in determining eligibility for a funding opportunity.