The CAREER Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers 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. And as the state continues to expand its research capacity, the CAREER program could be a valuable tool to help new faculty develop a strong foundation for their research and educational programs.

Faculty at all academic institutions are eligible to apply for CAREER awards including primarily undergraduate institutions and two-year colleges. To be eligible to apply, the faculty member must be on a tenure-track or tenure-track equivalent appointment. The faculty member’s research and educational expertise must be in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field that NSF provides support for. “NSF fundable areas” include not only the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, but also the social sciences, behavioral sciences, economic sciences and STEM education.