Research Development Support for NSF Faculty Career Development Program (CAREER)

Research Development Support for NSF Faculty Career Development Program (CAREER)

The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is an NSF-wide activity that offers among the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early career (non-tenured) 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. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early career faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

This page contains resources, tools, and guides to assist Mason faculty with development of NSF CAREER proposals.  There are a number of Mason faculty who have graciously offered to provide copies of their their successful CAREER applications with other Mason faculty. Please contact Rebekah Hersch (


2020 Program Solicitation Posted HERE

Resources for CAREER proposals: 

National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) Guiding Principles and Questions

NSF Perspectives on Broader Impacts

NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Tips

NSF CAREER resources:

NSF CAREER program page

FAQs about the CAREER program

Recent awards made through the CAREER program