NSF Early Career Grant Programs

Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII):

Deadline is September 30, 2015. This solicitation encourages potentially transformative proposals in any area of CISE research from PIs who are in their first academic position post-PhD. The goal is for the PI to achieve research independence early in his or her career.  Principal Investigators are eligible to apply to this CRII solicitation only if all the following criteria are met as of the submission deadline. The PI should:

    • Hold a primary appointment (or if applying to the CISE Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, hold a full- or part-time appointment) in computer and/or information science and/or engineering, or in a related field of computational or data science;
    • Be untenured; and
    • Be in the first two years of a tenure-track or research science or education position (or equivalent).
    • In addition, the PI may not have received any other grants or contracts in the PI role from any department, agency, or institution of the federal government. Some important exceptions apply, so please refer to grant guidance.

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER):

Deadline is July 20, 21, or 22, 2016, depending on content area. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. Only tenure-track assistant professors are eligible to apply.

DoE Early Career Grant Programs

The DoE Early Career Research Award has a mandatory pre-proposal deadline on September 15, 2015; full proposals due November 19, 2015This solicitation supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science.   Applicants must have received their doctoral degrees within past 10 years and be in tenure-track assistant or associate professor positions.  Opportunities exist in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences, Fusion Energy Sciences; High Energy Physics; and Nuclear Physics.