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"Stephen G. Nash" <[log in to unmask]>
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Stephen G. Nash
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:05:16 -0500
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Mason's Office of Research is organizing a research development support 
program to assist junior faculty in developing NSF CAREER proposals.  
The details are below.

I encourage eligible VSE faculty to participate.  Instructions on how to 
enroll are also below.


-------- Forwarded Message --------

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Research will host Mason’s spring 2017 National Science 
Foundation (NSF) CAREER research development support program.  NSF 
CAREER awards are among the most prestigious awards in support of junior 
faculty issued from the NSF.  Mason faculty members have participated 
substantially in the CAREER program in the past.  This support program 
is intended to continue supporting our junior faculty in proposing for 
these prestigious awards. See the solicitation here: 
Eligibility Details for NSF CAREER are included at the bottom of this 

This support program will kick off with a workshop to provide 
information, advice and assistance with initiating the NSF CAREER 
proposal process from 9-11 a.m. February 17, 2017 on the Fairfax campus. 
A current NSF Program Director will provide an overview of the CAREER 
program. The centerpiece of this workshop will be a panel of former NSF 
CAREER recipients offering their perspectives on successfully pursuing 
CAREER awards. *Enroll to attend the workshop here*: 

At the workshop, all faculty interested in submitting a CAREER proposal 
will be asked to commit to a mentoring/feedback plan with specific 
deadlines. Since this is a significant commitment from the mentors and 
reviewers, faculty must meet all deadlines to remain in the support 
program. Faculty taking advantage of this program must also commit to 
serving as a reviewer for one or more other projects during the panel 
review process.

A new website has been developed to provide resources for faculty 
interested in proposing to the NSF CAREER program: 

Questions about this program should be directed to: Aurali Dade, 
Associate Vice President for Research Development, Integrity, and 
Assurance, [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> or 703-993-5381.


*_Eligibility (directly from RFP)_*

Proposers must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  * Hold a doctoral degree in a field supported by NSF by the cognizant
    Directorate's deadline for submission of CAREER proposals;
  * Be engaged in research in an area of science, engineering, or
    education supported by NSF;
  * Be employed in a tenure-track (or tenure-track-equivalent) position
    as an assistant professor (or equivalent title) as of October 1
    after the proposal submission;
  * Be untenured as of October 1 following the proposal submission; and
  * Have not previously received a CAREER award. (Prior or concurrent
    Federal support for other types of awards for non-duplicative
    research does not preclude eligibility.)

*/Tenure-Track Equivalency/* - For a position to be considered a 
tenure-track-equivalent position, it must meet all of the following 
requirements: (1) the employee has a continuing appointment that is 
expected to last the five years of a CAREER grant; (2) the appointment 
has substantial research /and/ educational responsibilities; and (3) the 
proposed project relates to the employee's career goals and job 
responsibilities as well as to the mission of the department or 
organization. As stated in the Proposal Preparation Instructions, for 
non-tenure-track faculty, the Departmental Letter must affirm that the 
investigator's appointment is at an early-career level equivalent to 
pre-tenure status, and the Departmental Letter must clearly and 
convincingly demonstrate how the faculty member's appointment satisfies 
all the above requirements of tenure-track equivalency.

Faculty members who are Associate Professors or in equivalent 
appointments, with or without tenure, are not eligible for the CAREER 
program. Faculty members who hold Adjunct Faculty or equivalent 
appointments are not eligible for the CAREER program.