NSF EPSCoR Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) Funding Opportunity

Posted on: February 7, 2023   |   Categories: Announcements, News & Updates

To be eligible, faculty must be an Associate Professor or equivalent for at least three years by the March 1 proposal submission date.

NSF EPSCoR has announced the release of a new funding opportunity, Mid-Career Advancement (MCA), NSF-22-603

The MCA offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers at the Associate Professor rank (or equivalent) to substantively enhance and advance their research program through synergistic and mutually beneficial partnerships, typically at an institution other than their home institution. Projects that envision new insights on existing problems or identify new but related problems previously inaccessible without new methodology or expertise from other fields are encouraged. 

The MCA is the only cross-directorate NSF program specifically aimed at providing protected time and resources to established scientists and engineers targeted at the mid-career (Associate Professor rank or equivalent) stage. Participating programs in the Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO), Geosciences (GEO), Engineering (ENG), Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), and Education and Human Resources (EHR) will accept MCA proposals, and EPSCoR is committed to co-funding a portion of the awards. PIs are encouraged to discuss the suitability of their MCA proposal with a program officer from the appropriate directorate.

Questions should be addressed to:
Kinchel Doerner, Project Director of SD EPSCoR (

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, March 1