OSP FO# 11-139

AGENCY: The National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)/Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)/Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR)/Directorate for Engineering (ENG)/Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)/Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS)/Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE)/Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI)/Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE)/Office of Polar Programs (OPP)

PROGRAM: Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program/Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

OBJECTIVES: This program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of integrated contributions to research and education. The program emphasizes the importance the Foundation places on the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating the discovery process in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning. Effective integration of research and education at all levels generates a synergy in which the process of discovery stimulates learning and assures that the findings and methods of research are quickly and effectively communicated in a broader context and to a larger audience.

All proposals must have an integrated research and education plan at their core. These plans should reflect both the proposer’s own disciplinary and educational interests and goals, as well as the needs of his or her organization. Because there may be different expectations within different disciplinary fields and/or different organizations, a wide range of research and education activities may be appropriate for the CAREER program. Proposers are encouraged to communicate with the CAREER contact or cognizant Program Officer in the division closest to their area of research to discuss the expectations and approaches that are most appropriate for that area (see http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/career/contacts.jsp for a list of CAREER contacts by division).

Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious new CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of the sponsoring organization or agency, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education or community outreach. This Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Principal Investigators may only submit one proposal per competition. Additionally, Investigators may not participate in more than three annual CAREER competitions total.

Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

(1) By the appropriate Directorate’s July deadline for submission of CAREER proposals candidates must:
(a) hold a doctoral degree in a field of science or engineering supported by NSF;
(b) be untenured;
(c) have not previously received an NSF PECASE or CAREER award; and

(2) By October 1st following the July deadline for submission of CAREER proposals candidates must be employed in a tenure-track position (or tenure-track-equivalent position) as an assistant professor (or equivalent title), at an institution in the U.S., its territories, or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, that awards degrees in a field supported by NSF.

In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements of the CAREER program listed above, PECASE nominees must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who hold such status on or before their Directorate’s July deadline for submission of CAREER proposals. An individual can receive only one PECASE award.

Biological Sciences (BIO); Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE); Education and Human resources (EHR), Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI): July 25, 2011
Engineering (ENG): July 26, 2011
Geosciences (GEO); Office of Polar Programs (OPP); Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS); Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE): July 27, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: For this year’s competition, the minimum CAREER award, including indirect costs, will total $400,000 over a 5-year period with the following exception: applicants to the Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO) or the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) must submit budget requests for a minimum of $500,000 (approximately $100,000 per year) for the 5-year duration.

Before preparing a CAREER proposal, PIs are strongly encouraged to contact their disciplinary program director or the appropriate division’s CAREER contact to discuss appropriate budget requests for their proposed CAREER activities, and typical funding levels for their discipline.

The PECASE award is an entirely honorary award for all NSF recipients and does not provide additional funds.

AGENCY CONTACT: A link to contact information for each NSF Division is listed on the CAREER web page at http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/career/contacts.htm. The CAREER program announcement may be accessed via the web at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11690/nsf11690.htm.

Applicants are also encouraged to consult the Frequently Asked Questions document for the CAREER Program, which can be obtained at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11038/nsf11038.jsp.

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via FastLane. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP web site at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. In addition, for investigators interested in submitting proposals via Grants.gov, NSF has published the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide which may be found online at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either FastLane or Grants.gov.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 11-690 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.