Training Opportunities

Are you interested in applying for the NSF CAREER Award?  Now is the time to start thinking about and planning your proposal!

During this intensive, hands-on proposal writing workshop, participating tenure-track faculty members will draft —  section by section — a complete NSF CAREER Award proposal and have that draft thoroughly vetted and edited by both their peers in the workshop and by an OPD proposal development specialist.  The goal is for participants to develop a compelling, competitive proposal that is ready to submit to NSF at the conclusion of the workshop.

Eligible Participants:

Tenure-track faculty members from any STEM or education discipline who are preparing an NSF CAREER Award proposal.  Previous workshop participants are also welcome to apply.

Workshop Benefits:

Participating in the workshop will give you an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the current grant environment
  • Learn how the NSF CAREER Award differs from a standard NSF proposal
  • Learn about broader impacts and evaluation and assessment
  • Familiarize yourself with the entire proposal writing process
  • Prioritize your proposal
  • Work in a positive, interdisciplinary, and collaborative environment
  • Obtain feedback on multiple drafts of your proposal
  • Meet potential collaborators for future projects
  • Analyze strategies and techniques others use to present their projects
  • Learn what reviewers look for when they evaluate proposals

Workshop Dates, Times, and Location

Date: Thursdays, beginning on Thursday, April 15, and running through Thursday, July 15;  we will not meet on Thursday, July 1.  Workshop participants should be prepared to attend and actively engage in all meetings.

Time: 12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. 

Location:  Given the need to practice social distancing, this workshop will be held via Zoom meetings.


Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, April 13.

Application Process:

The application process involves two steps;  to be considered, you must complete both steps by Tuesday, April 13.

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. E-mail a short (one-page) project summary of your proposed research project to Phyllis McBride at

We look forward to having you join us in the workshop!