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NSF Career 22-586

The CAREER program offers one of NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research. As such, they are also highly competitive, and applicants are encouraged to start planning early. This proposal is unique in that it involves planning your career objectives and detailing how the award will contribute to your career development.

The 2023 CAREER award deadline is July 26th. All NSF proposals submitted by the University of Utah need to be prepared in

See NSF's CAREER Submission Timeline. Note:

  • The U has a completed certification
  • The U has a SAM UEI
  • The U has a and NSF registration
Technical/scientific CAREER program-related questions should be directed to the Directorate or Division contacts listed here. You can also contact the Faculty Early Career Program via email.

NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from eligible faculty and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

CAREER awards provide a minimum of $400,000-$500,000 (depending on the directorate) over 5 years. You will want to discuss maximum budget limits with your program officer.


To be eligible for submission, PIs must:

  • Hold a doctoral degree in a field supported by NSF;
  • Be engaged in research in an area of science, engineeing or education supported by NSF;
  • Hold at least a 50% tenure-track (or tenure-track-equivalent) position as an assistant professor (or equivalent title);
  • Be untenured; and
  • Have not previously received a CAREER award.

Eligible PIs may only submit one (1) CAREER proposal per annual competition (not to exceed three reviewed CAREER proposals).

Please see the full eligibilty info for the CAREER program in the solicitation.  At the time of submission, applicants will self-certify for both CAREER and PECASE eligibility. Unless applicants properly complete the checklist, they will not be able to submit their proposal.

In order to be eligible for the PECASE award applicants must meet all CAREER eligibility requirements AND be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who hold such status on or before their CAREER proposal submission deadline.

CAREER Proposal Elements

CAREER proposals require solicitation specific elements including a departmental letter and optional PECASE eligibility document. The CAREER proposal elements are outlined at the bottom of the NSF Checklist.

NSF Checklist

Last Updated: 6/10/23