The Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award is NSF’s most prestigious award for faculty beginning their independent careers. The submission deadline is July 26, 2021. There are strict eligibility requirements to apply for this grant including that you hold at least a 50% tenure-track position, are an untenured assistant professor (or equivalent), and you received no prior or concurrent Federal support for duplicative research. You will find all the requirements and details listed in the solicitation for the CAREER Award, NSF 20-025.
There are many resources available to assist you in the proposal development process.
DER recently hosted a NSF Career Proposal Preparation Seminar presented by Dr. John Verboncoeur (video recording of presentation, slides) to empower and educate faculty to prepare for their CAREER award.
For assistance with planning and review/editing of your career proposal, feel free to contact Shobha Ramanand, Ph.D., Senior Research Specialist, Office of VP for Research & Innovation, email: email@example.com, phone: (517) 432-4499.
NSF consultant services available by contacting Sara Steenrod, PhD, Grant Consultant with OSVPRI, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is critical that your NSF Career Proposal is as strong as possible. Per the NSF guidelines, applicants are permitted up to three submission attempts (one per annual competition) for a CAREER award. Do not let an issue with compliance cause one of your proposal chances to be Returned Without Review! The DER Research Administrators are here to assist with experience and attention to detail to make your proposal attempt count. To begin the proposal process, please submit your Proposal Processing Form and a DER Research Admin will be assigned to help you navigate the proposal submission process.
If you have additional questions regarding NSF Career Proposals, please send an email to email@example.com.
Notification from eRA Communications Office:
May 19, 2021
Subject: eRA Information: Reminder to “Flatten” PDFs for Just-in-Time and RPPR Before Uploading to eRA Commons
eRA Information: Reminder to “Flatten” PDFs for Just-in-Time and RPPR Before Uploading to eRA Commons Wednesday, May 19, 2021
In preparation for the required use of the new biosketch and other support format templates for due dates on or after January 25, 2022, NIH is encouraging applicants and recipients to start using updated templates for applications, Just-in-Time Reports, and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2021. For specifics on these changes, please see Guide Notices NOT-OD-21-073 and NOT-OD-21-110.
Because of these changes, we want to remind you of the requirements for uploading PDF documents to eRA Commons. It is important that all PDFs are flattened before upload. PDF files uploaded to Just-in-Time and RPPR in the following sections are now required to be flattened PDFs:
JIT Other Support File section
RPPR Participants section D.2.b New Senior/Key Personnel
RPPR Participants section D.2.c Changes in Other Support
If a PDF for these submissions on or after May 25, 2021 is not flattened before the upload to eRA Commons, this may lead to an error.
PDFs that have fillable fields, electronic signatures, text boxes or images inserted, become layered, with each of these elements representing a layer. Flattening a PDF merges these separate elements into one flat layer.
There are a number of methods to flatten a PDF, the easiest of which is to print it as a PDF (also see instructions).
To do this, go to File>Print, select the printer option from the menu that has a PDF option. Click the Print button and name the file.
In this process, you are exporting the layered PDF to the printer and saving it as a simple (flattened) PDF.
Depending on the software available to you, your options may vary from the one shown above. Other options are available with an Internet search.
electronic Research Administration (eRA)
NIH Office of Extramural Research
Engineering Research Reactivation SharePoint
The Engineering Research Reactivation all-inclusive SharePoint page has helpful reopening resources, important processes, and documents that need to be completed and approved to "return to research". Please request access if prompted.
Where is my "LABORATORY PLAN FOR A SAFE RETURN" in the approval process?
You can see what step of the approval process your plan is on by looking under the “Engineering Research Reactivation” folders on the SharePoint site.
If the plan has been approved by the Department Chair, you can see if it has been sent to VPRI by clicking on “EGR ADR Review” > “At VPRI for Review”. If the plan is in the “At VPRI for Review” folder then it is currently being reviewed by VPRI.
To check to see if your plan has been completely approved by all required departments (DC, EGR Dean's Office, and VPRI), you can click on the “VPRI Final Approved Plans” folder. If your plan is in the “VPRI Final Approved Plans” folder then you approved to return to research. Monique Blackmer (firstname.lastname@example.org) will reach out to you.
Do you need assistance with your NSF Career Proposal? Assistance is available with planning and review/editing of your proposal. For assistance, feel free to contact Shobha Ramanand, Ph.D., Senior Research Specialist, Office of VP for Research& Innovation, Email: email@example.com, Tel. (517) 432-4499. Assistance is also available by contacting Dr. Sara Steenrod (Grant Consultant with OSVPRI), Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The submission deadline for NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) NSF 20-525 is July 26, 2021.
PVA is seeking proposals for research grounded in basic laboratory science and the education of scientists working on breakthroughs directed toward a cure for paralysis, secondary health effects and technologies associated with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D). Projects should be designed to find better treatments and cures for paralysis and support efforts to improve the quality of life of individuals with SCI/D until improved clinical treatments, technologies or cures are discovered, as well as to train post-doctoral fellow investigators and encourage them to specialize in the area of spinal cord research. Grants are up to $150,000. Applications are due July 1, 2021.
The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts will provide grant support for specific projects that bring an innovative approach to long-standing and complex issues related to all aspects of stemming the tide of the nation’s opioid crisis. This RFP targets projects which can explore and/or evaluate new “outside-the-box” ideas, bring together approaches from several diverse fields, and engage multidisciplinary, cross-sector teams to solve some of the crisis’ most intractable problems.