National Science Foundation Announces NSF CAREER Proposal Deadlines

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program 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. Activities pursued by early-career faculty 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 at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

If you are considering applying for a NSF CAREER proposal, please let the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) know by clicking here no later than Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Illinois Tech OSRP internal deadlines:

  • Monday, July 17, 2017: BIO, CISE, EHR
  • Monday, July 17, 2017: ENG
  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017: GEO, MPS, SBE

NSF full proposal deadlines:

Wednesday, July 19, 2017: BIO, CISE, EHR
Thursday, July 20, 2017: ENG
Friday, July 21, 2017: 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  • Proposals that are not reviewed (i.e., are withdrawn before review or are returned without review) do not count toward the three-competition limit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 more information here: