Synopsis of Program: CAREER: 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.
Who May Serve as PI: A Principal Investigator (PI) 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 Proposals that are not reviewed (i.e., are withdrawn before review or are returned without review) do not count toward the three-competition limit.
Strategy #1: Complete required CAREER proposal non-technical documents early!
As you begin to write your NSF Career Proposal, remember that in addition to the technical documents (Project Description and Summary), NSF requires several non-technical documents. These include:
Departmental Letter (…the proposal must include one (and only one) letter from the PI's department head (or equivalent organizational official))
Any appropriate/relevant Letters of Collaboration (Letters of collaboration should follow the single-sentence format).
A recommended strategy is to prepare your non-technical documents early in the process to help free you to focus on your technical docs as the sponsor deadline draws near. Working on these non-technical documents and providing them to your DER research administrator early will allow for careful review and updates to ensure compliance, and will clear more time to focus on fine-tuning your technical documents as the deadline nears.
DER is here to help you create your strongest NSF Career Proposal. If you have questions regarding any of these non-technical NSF documents, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSF Career Awards Seminar presented by Dr. John Verboncoeur (Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies): This is a great opportunity to learn more about the ways to achieve your NSF Career Award. This seminar recording and slides are available on demand https://www.egr.msu.edu/der/secure-page/seminar-series-schedule
Do you have a proposal that needs a little more data collected or analysis before submitting? The TIFF awards are designed to provide resources to enhance/finalize a research proposal. The maximum fundable budget for this special call may be as high as $10,000* (eligibility requirements apply)
Proposals are due by midnight on Monday, March 14, 2022.
ARPA-E announced up to $44 million in funding to support projects developing commercial-ready technologies that give the United States a net-zero or net negative emissions pathway toward increased domestic supplies of critical elements required for the transition to clean energy.
“If we’re going to be a strong, economically secure, innovative nation, we need the building blocks of the technologies that help us get there,” said Dr. Jennifer Gerbi, ARPA-E Deputy Director for Technology. “A reliable domestic supply chain of the critical elements that enable longer-lasting batteries, advanced electronics, and other next-generation energy technologies is crucial to our future. When we use novel mining processes that save energy and carbon to do this, it is a win-win.”
The program—Mining Innovations for Negative Emissions Resource Recovery (MINER)—aims to develop commercially scalable technologies that would enable greater domestic supplies of copper, nickel, lithium, cobalt, rare earth elements, and other critical elements.
ARPA-E announced up to $10 million in funding to support small businesses working on energy technology that has the potential for large-scale impact and could significantly reduce U.S. energy consumption. The funding is part of the Exploratory Topic – Supporting Entrepreneurial Energy Discoveries (SEED).
“SEED helps achieve ARPA-E’s mission of seeking impactful solutions through innovation,” said ARPA-E Deputy Director for Technology Dr. Jennifer Gerbi. “We're excited to continue to support small businesses that are developing potentially cutting-edge energy technology.” This will be the third round of funding ARPA-E has announced under the SEED Exploratory Topic.
Awards may support exploratory research to establish viability, proof-of-concept demonstration for new energy technology, and/or modeling and simulation efforts to guide development for new energy technologies.
Program Focus: The Catalyst Research Award Program provides up to $300,000 seed funding over one to two years, to support translational research that can be transferred to clinical practice in the near term. The award supports planning and development of projects, teams, tools, techniques, and management infrastructure necessary to lay the foundation for a subsequent two to three year $1M Transformational Award. Transformational projects must have achieved Catalyst milestones and aim to move a healthcare innovation toward the next step in commercial development.
Application Deadline: Thursday, June 16, 2022 by 2:00 pm, Eastern Time
Award Amount: Up to $300,000 (inclusive of 10% indirect costs)
Funding Period: Start Date: November 30, 2022 for 12-24 months
Eligibility: Invited Institutions (see Guidelines for list) may nominate up to two investigative teams (Note: April 21st is MSU’s internal deadline for Institutionally Limited Proposals and Requesting Approval related to this sponsor deadline. To learn more about MSU’s limited submission process, please visit procedures on limited submissions.) who meet the following requirements:
Administrative lead applicant (PI) holds a full-time faculty appointment.
PI or multi-PIs are independent investigators with demonstrated institutional support and the specialized space and facilities needed to conduct the proposed research.
Applicants may not have funding for a similar project.
United States citizenship is not required; visa documentation is not required.
Each PI or multi-PI may only submit one application.
Description: The first seminar of 2022 will engage individuals from DER, OSP, and CGA to provide an overview of the lifecycle of an award - from proposal development to award close-out. Join us for a clearer understanding of the roles and responsibilities at each stage. You will be better prepared to submit fundable proposals and to effectively and efficiently manage subsequent awards from start to finish with the help of your MSU support system. All researchers are welcome and are encouraged to be prepared with any questions. Watch it now on demand!!!