2015 NSF CAREER Proposal Announcement and Workshop

The Office of Research will be hosting a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Proposal Workshop on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Armour Dining Room in Herman Hall. The goal of this workshop is to introduce junior faculty to the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, and to help prepare them for competitive and successful CAREER proposals. The major components of the workshop include a presentation about the CAREER program, as well as experience sharing from Illinois Institute of Technology CAREER Award Winners. RSVP to mothman@iit.edu.

This competition results in a large number of proposals generated by Illinois Tech faculty, and for this reason proposals not submitted by the internal deadlines risk not being submitted to NSF. If you are considering applying for a NSF CAREER proposal, let the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) know by clicking here no later than Friday, April 3, 2015 .

IIT OSRP internal deadlines:

Friday, July 17: BIO, CISE, EHR
Monday, July 20: ENG
Tuesday, July 21: GEO, MPS, SBE

NSF full proposal deadlines:

Tuesday, July 21: BIO, CISE, EHR
Wednesday, July 22: ENG
Thursday, July 23: GEO, MPS, SBE

Eligibility Guidelines

By the July deadline the applicant must:

  • Hold a doctoral degree by the deadline date in a field supported by NSF
  • Be untenured until Thursday, October 1 following the deadline
  • Have not previously received a CAREER award (prior or concurrent Federal support for other types of awards or for non-duplicative research does not preclude eligibility)

Additional Eligibility Info

  • A Principal Investigator may submit only one CAREER proposal per annual competition
  • In addition, a Principal Investigator may not participate in more than three CAREER competitions
  • Proposals that are not reviewed (i.e., are withdrawn before review or are returned without review) do not count toward the three-competition limit


By October 1 following the deadline for submission of CAREER proposals:

  • Proposers should be employed in a tenure-track (or tenure-track-equivalent) position as an assistant professor (or equivalent title) at an accredited institution located in the United States, its territories, or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, that awards degrees in a field supported by NSF

Tenure-Track Equivalency – For a position to be considered a tenure-track-equivalent position, it must meet all of the following requirements:

  • The employing department or organization does not offer tenure-track positions to any new hires
  • The employee is engaged in research in an area of science or engineering supported by NSF
  • The employee has a continuing appointment that is expected to last the five years of the grant
  • The appointment has substantial educational responsibilities
  • The proposed project relates to the employee’s career goals and job responsibilities as well as to the goals of the department or organization.

PIs that are associate professors or in equivalent appointments, with or without tenure, are not eligible for the CAREER program.

Interested parties can find the full guidelines here: NSF15-555 Guidelines.