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The National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

ORSP wants to help faculty pursue this grant by providing the necessary resources and support to submit a CAREER proposal. Below you will find information on important deadlines and benchmarks, workshops, and NSF templates! If you have any questions or need 1:1 support, please reach out to or


For FY2019, UTC’s Vice Chancellor for Research is supporting a number of CAREER proposal development resources for eligible faculty. Eligible faculty can participate in any or all of the support services listed in the Proposal Timeline linked below. To incentivize best practices for CAREER proposal development, we have crafted a “CAREER Cohort Program” that will include participation in best-practices for research & proposal development. Faculty who complete the required items associated with the CAREER Cohort will receive a payment of $500 upon submission of a proposal that is accepted by NSF for review. Those who complete supplemental items in addition to the required materials may be eligible for added funding.

CAREER Cohort Guidelines

CAREER Cohort Benchmarks

Proposal Timeline

A full proposal timeline with requirements can be downloaded here.

Upcoming Workshops and Events

Event Date Time Location

CAREER Webinar

May 9 2 - 4 pm N/A

Mock Panel Review

May 10 9 am - 12 pm UC Chattanooga Room - A

NSF CAREER Webinar - May 9

NSF is hosting a webinar Thursday, May 9 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm to provide useful information on the NSF CAREER program and proposal process. Click the below link to register! After you register and your request has been approved, you'll receive instructions for joining the meeting.

  • Date: 5/09
  • Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Location: N/A

Register Here!

NSF CAREER Mock Panel Review - May 10

ORSP is partnering with The Implementation Group to offer an NSF CAREER Mock Panel Review for UTC faculty preparing to submit an NSF CAREER proposal. Attendees will participate in a mock panel review of previously-funded CAREER proposals and will gain valuable insights on how a CAREER proposal is reviewed and will learn strategies for improving weaknesses identified in the proposals. This is a required activity for those faculty participating in the 2019 CAREER Cohort program. The event will be held on Friday, May 10 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in the UC Chattanooga Room A, and light refreshments will be provided. Please register by April 25.

Note: Faculty who are not submitting an NSF CAREER proposal but are interested in learning more about NSF's review process are also encouraged to participate!

  • Date: 5/10
  • Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: UC Chattanooga Room A
  • Registration Deadline: April 25

Register Here!

NSF Templates and Guides

NSF Grant Proposal Guide

Additional CAREER Resources