Training Opportunities

NSF CAREER Award Workshop:  Summer 2022

The Office of Proposal Development invites you to register for our annual NSF CAREER Award workshop. Last year, Rice achieved a record number of NSF CAREER winners, with 11 grants awarded.  Of those 11 faculty, 100% attended a workshop offered by the Office of Proposal Development.

We welcome you to join this new cohort and to benefit from the resources and expertise of the extended Office of Research team, and the mentorship of past winners and reviewers.

Workshop Agenda

In the workshop, you will:

  • Learn about the NSF CAREER Award and its requirements and expectations.
  • Analyze strategies and techniques used in our archive of past winning CAREER proposals.
  • Write and revise a project summary and project description with detailed peer feedback.
  • Learn how to design a sound, assessable, and compelling educational plan for your proposal.
  • Establish relationships with the Offices of STEM Engagement, Assessment and Evaluation of STEM Programs, Diversity and Inclusion for Research Programs, and Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance.
  • Query past winners on their experiences and insights.
  • Hear what reviewers look for when they evaluate proposals.
  • Develop a writing practice for proposals.
  • Work in a positive, interdisciplinary, and collaborative environment.
  • Benefit from one-on-one feedback from a proposal development specialist in OPD.

In addition, this year’s 10-week informative, hands-on workshop series will culminate in the opportunity to participate in a Mock Review Panel composed of past winners and reviewers that is uniquely tailored to you.  The purpose of this review is to offer technical, as well as grantsmanship, feedback to applicants. 

Eligible Participants:

Tenure-track assistant professors from the Schools of Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences are eligible to apply.  Previous workshop participants are also welcome to apply.

Workshop Benefits:

  • Gives you an internal set of deadlines.
  • Reserves time for you to work on your proposal.
  • Gives you a chance to consider how best to present your ideas.
  • Encourages you to write multiple drafts.
  • Offers you an opportunity to obtain feedback on multiple drafts.
  • Enables you to meet potential collaborators for future projects.

Workshop Dates, Times, and Location

All meetings will take place on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from May 12 through July 14, 2022.  The workshop will be held in Cambridge Office Building, Room 110.  Lunch will be provided.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

Application Process:

The application process involves two steps;  to be considered, you must complete both steps by Tuesday, May 10.

  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!