Tips for Winning NSF CAREER Awards

Kaplan Sponsored Research Strategies Staff Writers offer advice for winning NSF CAREER Awards:

Bethesda, MD – Winter is almost here and Spring cannot be far behind. The mention of Spring brings with it a reminder that we are getting closer to that time of year when young faculty start thinking about applying for NSF Early Faculty Development (CAREER) awards. The NSF CAREER Program 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. NSF especially encourages submission of CAREER proposals from women, members of underrepresented minority groups and persons with disabilities.

To put it bluntly, as soon as new assistant professors move into their offices and get settled in, they are often encouraged to begin work on developing CAREER proposals. If they don’t make it on the first attempt they are encouraged to keep trying until they either win an award or are no longer eligible. To help relieve some of this pressure and guide you in working smarter, KSRS has gathered a few tips on how to increase your chances of winning a CAREER award.

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Social Sciences & Humanities

Francis Joseph Campbell Award

Deadline: March 1, 2016

The ASCLA Francis Joseph Campbell Award presents a citation and a medal presented to a person or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of library service for people with physical disabilities and/or physical impairments.

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Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Research Scholars

Deadline: March 25, 2016

The specific goals of the Child Care Research Scholar grants are: to directly support graduate students’ engagement in child care policy research. Along with supporting the students’ training and professional development as researchers, these grants contribute to the knowledge base about best approaches to delivering services to diverse, low-income families and their children.

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Math & Science

STEM + Computing Partnerships

Deadline: March 8, 2016

The STEM+C Partnerships program seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and computing by K-12 students and teachers, through research on, and development of, courses, curriculum, course materials, pedagogies, instructional strategies, or models that innovatively integrate computing into one or more STEM disciplines, or integrate STEM content into the teaching and learning of computing.

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Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program

Deadline: March 11, 2016

SRP Center grants will support problem-based, solution-oriented research Centers that consist of multiple, integrated projects representing both the biomedical and environmental science and engineering disciplines; as well as cores tasked with administrative, community engagement, research translation, training, and research support functions.

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Long-Term Ecological Research

Deadline: March 4, 2016

Ongoing research at LTER sites must test ecological theories and significantly advance understanding of the long-term dynamics of populations, communities and ecosystems. It often integrates multiple disciplines and, through cross-site interactions, examines patterns or processes over broad spatial scales. Recognizing that the value of long-term data extends beyond use at any individual site, NSF requires that data collected by all LTER sites be made broadly accessible.

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Biological Anthropology

Deadline: March 16, 2016

The Biological Anthropology Program supports basic research in areas related to human evolution and contemporary human biological variation. Research areas supported by the program include, but are not limited to, human genetic variation, human and nonhuman primate ecology and adaptability, human osteology and bone biology, human and nonhuman primate paleontology, functional anatomy, and primate socioecology.

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Dimensions of Biodiversity

Deadline: March 17, 2016

The goal of the Dimensions of Biodiversity campaign is to transform, by 2020, how we describe and understand the scope and role of life on Earth. This campaign promotes novel integrative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. It takes a broad view of biodiversity, and focuses on the intersection of genetic, phylogenetic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity.

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Health & Biomedical Research

Clinical Observational (CO) Studies in Musculoskeletal, Rheumatic, and Skin Diseases

Deadline: March 1, 2015

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) invites applications to pursue clinical observational (CO) studies to obtain data necessary for designing clinical trials for musculoskeletal, rheumatic, or skin diseases or conditions. Research data from observational cohort studies can enhance clinical trial design by providing essential information about disease symptoms, stages and timing of disease progression, comorbid conditions, availability of potential clinical trial participants, and outcomes that are important to patients.

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Pre-application for a Biomedical Technology Research Resource

Deadline: March 15, 2015

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) invites pre-applications for the creation of national Biomedical Technology Research Resources (BTRRs). These Resources develop new or improved technology driven by the needs of basic, translational, and clinical researchers. The BTRRs are charged to make their technologies available the biomedical research community, to train members of this community in the use of the technologies, and to disseminate both the technologies and the Resource’s experimental results broadly.

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Engineering & Technology

Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation

Deadline: March 1, 2016

The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) is an umbrella for two complementary subprograms, Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) and Building Innovation Capacity (BIC). Overall, the PFI program offers opportunities to connect new knowledge to societal benefit through translational research efforts and/or partnerships that encourage, enhance and accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Advanced, Trusted, Secure Hardware and Software System Computational Technologies

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Rome Research Site, is soliciting white papers under this announcement fortechnologies to explore, research and develop innovative and potentially disruptive technologies that support trusted foundations/architectures for high assurance, secure, resilient systems, while increasing computational sophistication, capacity, and energy and cost performance efficiencies under constraints imposed by Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) trusted/secure systems and performance-requirement-driven layered information processing battlefield systems and networks.

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Dear Colleague Letter: Supporting Research Advances in Smart and Connected Communities

Deadline: March 1, 2016

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Education and Human Resources (EHR), Engineering (ENG), Geosciences (GEO), and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) wish to notify the community of their intention to support, foster, and accelerate fundamental research that addresses challenges in enabling Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC).

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Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program

Deadline: March 11, 2016

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) invites applications for Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program, referred to as Superfund Research Program (SRP) Centers. SRP Center grants will support problem-based, solution-oriented research Centers that consist of multiple, integrated projects representing both the biomedical and environmental science and engineering disciplines; as well as cores tasked with administrative, community engagement, research translation, training, and research support functions.

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Vibrometry Interrogation for Battlefield Exploitation (VIBE)

Deadline: March 15, 2016

The objective of VIBE is to develop combat identification (CID) automatic target recognition (ATR) for vibrometry sensor data for use within anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) environments. The technologies developed in VIBE must demonstrate robust, efficient, high-performance, and sustainable technology.

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Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE: RIEF) Research Initiation in Engineering Formation

Deadline: March 31, 2016

The Professional Formation of Engineers: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE: RIEF) program enables engineering faculty who are renowned for teaching, mentoring, or leading educational reform efforts on their campus to initiate collaborations with colleagues in the social and/or learning sciences to address difficult, boundary-spanning problems in the professional formation of engineers.

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