2013 NSF CAREER Award Seminar

April 11, 2013 | Prairie Suite, East Campus Union

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Seminar Overview

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the foundation's most prestigious award for pre-tenure faculty. CAREER awards provide up to five years of funding to enable faculty to develop careers as outstanding teacher-scholars. To help UNL applicants develop competitive applications to the CAREER program, the Office of Research and Economic Development will host a seminar entitled:

How to Write a Competitive CAREER Proposal

This two-hour seminar, followed by lunch, will cover topics such as:

  • how to decide when and if it's the right time to apply for a CAREER award;
  • how to position yourself and your research to be competitive for a CAREER award;
  • how to structure your proposal;
  • how to develop an educational plan;
  • keys to success and common mistakes to avoid;
  • a step-by-step discussion of each section of the proposal and what it needs to tell reviewers;
  • a mock review exercise to demonstrate the importance of grantsmanship in engaging reviewers;
  • questions and answers.

The seminar will be presented by Lucy Deckard of Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC. Ms. Deckard worked in research development at Texas A&M University (TAMU) for eight years, most recently serving as associate director of TAMU's Office of Proposal Development. During that time, she helped develop and write successful proposals to NSF, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Education, the Department of Defense, and other agencies and foundations, including proposals for large institutional and center-level grants.

NSF CAREER Award Overview

To sustain and strengthen the nation's science, mathematics, and engineering capabilities and to promote the use of those capabilities in service to society, NSF supports the early career development activities of those teacher-scholars most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. NSF established the CAREER program in recognition of the critical roles played by faculty members in integrating research and education and in fostering the natural connections between the processes of learning and discovery.

Click here for more information about the CAREER Award program.

The CAREER seminar will be held on Thursday, April 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the East Campus Union (Prairie Suite).



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* Please describe which early-career award mechanisms you are interested in pursuing, in addition to the NSF CAREER program (e.g., the National Institutes of Health K Award, the Department of Energy Early Career Research Program, etc.).

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