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The definition of success and the right strategies to take to get there are different for every individual. The articles included here are meant to provide resources and examples to help early career investigators from an array of disciplines at a variety of stages in their pre-tenure. Most of them are related to research development and more specifically to developing proposals for early career awards. Search for keywords to narrow your search to the articles most applicable to your needs.

NSF CAREER Award: Writing Guide

Tips for Writing the Project Description
by Erica Whitney and Kate Spohr
UC Berkeley Research Development Office

NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Tips

The main purpose of this book is to provide some tips to the assistant professors who plan to write their NSF CAREER proposals. The idea of editing this book originated during a conversation with Dr. George Hazelrigg(program director at National Science Foundation) when I visited him late November 2006. He encouraged me to proceed. His support is greatly appreciated. During the first week of December 2006, I sent out invitations to the potential contributors, requesting them to send me their contributions by the end of the month. They responded with enthusiasm. I would like to thank all the contributors for their dedicated work in writing these articles with such a short notice. I have read all the articles in this book and learned a lot. I wish that I could have had a book like this when I prepared my CAREER proposals several years ago. I am confident that the readers will find the articles in this book beneficial. Please note that any opinions and recommendations in this book are those of the individual contributors. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. --ZJ Pei

NSF Division of Molecular & Cellular Biosciences (MCB) CAREER Development

This cartoon from the NSF Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) offers an easy to read breakdown of the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) paying particular attention to details that are specific to their division.

Undergraduate Research Experiences for STEM Students: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine have developed this report published in 2017 to help define and shape the direction of STEM research experiences for undergraduates. Incorporating undergraduates into research is a beneficial learning experience for the student and can also have long term benefits for the researcher and the scientific discipline. One of the most prominent opportunities for undergraduate research has been through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, but many other funders (large and small) have contributed to the opportunities available. This online book is interactive and will provide access to a range of information that may be relevant to your research plan that could include research experiences for undergraduate students. 

2017 UNM NSF CAREER Proposal Workshop

On March 21, 2017, the Faculty Research Development Office and ADVANCE at UNM hosted an NSF CAREER Proposal Workshop in the Ortega Hall Reading Room. Untenured, tenure track faculty from across campus came to learn the ins and outs of what worked for recent NSF CAREER awardees from UNM.