NSF CAREER and Broader Impacts Proposal Development Workshop

Posted on: October 5, 2021   |   Categories: Announcements, News & Updates
Career Workshop 2021

Eligible faculty in South Dakota who are considering submitting an NSF Early Career proposal are encouraged to attend this full-day Thursday, Nov. 18, workshop (limited to 50 participants) offered in Chamberlain, South Dakota, and virtually via Zoom from 10 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. CST. Others interested in attending and strengthening their proposal writing skills may participate if slots are available. Dr. Kelvin Chu (former NSF program officer) with The Implementation Group (T.I.G.) will conduct the workshop.

CAREER Program

  • The NSF Faculty Early-Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.
  • ⇒ See the May 2020 CAREER webinar slides and recording with captions.
  • See FAQs for more details about Career Program.
  • ⇒ The upcoming submission deadline is July 25, 2022 (fourth Monday in July).
  • Eligibility: Proposers must meet all of the following eligibility requirements as of the annual deadline:
    • Hold a doctoral degree in a field supported by NSF;
    • Be engaged in research in an area of science, engineering, or education supported by NSF;
    • Hold at least a 50% tenure-track (or tenure-track-equivalent) position as an assistant professor (or equivalent title);
    • Be untenured; and
    • Have not previously received a CAREER award.
    • A Principal Investigator (PI) may submit only one CAREER proposal per annual competition and may not participate in more than three CAREER competitions.

Agenda for Thursday, Nov. 18

Presented by Dr. Kelvin Chu, Vice President, The Implementation Group (T.I.G.)

10:00 – 10:10 a.m. Welcoming Comments and Opening Remarks

10:10 – 10:15 a.m. Overview: The Implementation Group

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Part I. Understanding the NSF CAREER Program

  • NSF Program Overview and Goals
  • The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
  • Role of NSF Directorate and Program Officers
  • General NSF Criteria and Process

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Part II. Proposal Development Best Practices and Strategies for Success

  • Proposal development techniques, best practices, program management, project sustainability and evaluation
  • Helpful Hints and Pitfalls to Avoid

12:15 – 12:45 p.m. Part III. Question and Answer

12:45 – 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Part IV. One-on-One Technical Assistance

During this time, Dr. Chu will be available to troubleshoot issues related to your NSF CAREER proposal declination or new idea/topic that you intend to conceptualize and submit for the 2021 NSF CAREER Competition. To participate in this session, please request a one-on-one meeting when you register for the workshop. For a one-on-one meeting you must prepare and submit a draft concept paper or project summary for discussion to the SD EPSCoR office ( by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15. The project summary should include a project overview and separate statements on the proposal’s intellectual merit and broader impact. Time is limited to 25 minutes per person and may be shorter based on the number of meeting requests. If a project summary is not received by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, your one-on-one appointment will be canceled.

For participants attending via Zoom, one-on-one Zoom meetings will be scheduled for another day.


2– 4:30 p.m. Broader Impacts Sections Development

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Understanding the NSF Broader Impacts Section (Robb Winter)

  • Overview of NSF Broader Impacts
  • NSF Expectations
  • NSF Criteria and Review Process

2:45 – 3 p.m. Break

3 – 3:30 p.m. South Dakota STEM Education & Outreach Collaborators (Bree Oatman)

3:30 – 4 p.m. National Broader Impacts Collaborators (Carol Lushbough)

4 – 4:15 p.m. Question and Answer

Register for the CAREER and Broader Impacts Workshop on Thursday, Nov. 18.


Dr. Robb Winter, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, former NSF Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) Program Officer (rotator). While at NSF, Robb was a member of the internal Broadening Impact (BI) Working Group who reviewed all NSF BI activities and established a path forward to meet the National Science Board’s directive on merit review that included broader impacts.

Carol Lushbough, University of South Dakota, lead NSF-funded workshops on Broader Impacts in December 2020.

Dr. Bree Oatman, South Dakota Discovery Center, is involved with STEM education and outreach activities in Pierre and throughout South Dakota. Bree previously worked at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) education center.