Winning an NSF CAREER Award Seminar Series: Strategies for planning and writing your best proposal ever!

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:30am

Life Sciences Laboratories (LSL) S330

Part One: On-demand webinar

Part Two: Thursday, June 13, 9:30 - 11:00am, LSL S330

Part Three: Thursday, June 20, 9:30 - 11:00am, LSL S330

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Planning on applying for an NSF CAREER Award this year? Participate in an integrated, three-part seminar series, Winning an NSF CAREER Award: Strategies for planning and writing your best proposal ever!, presented by the Office of Research Development. Get expert information and advice from professionals at Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC, via an on-demand online webinar. Then, on June 13th, hear first-hand from a panel of recent UMass CAREER recipients about what it takes to win a CAREER award, with informal Q & A and a walk-through of the planning process for your CAREER proposal. Reconvene on June 20th, to workshop your proposal outline or draft with fellow faculty and Office of Research Development’s proposal development specialists.  Presented by the Office of Research Development. Please contact Mary K. Green at or 545-8641 with questions.

Part I -  How to Write a Successful NSF CAREER Proposal 2019: On-demand recorded webinar. The CAREER Program unique among NSF funding programs and is different from NSF standard research programs. Find out what NSF is looking for and how to frame what you want to do by watching an excellent in-depth webinar from Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC. UMass has purchased a subscription to the webinar, making it available for unlimited viewing by all faculty and staff until August 1, 2019. You may return to it as many times as you like as you are working on your proposal.

Part Two -  Strategies for Success: Panel Discussion with recent CAREER awardees. We are using a flipped curriculum for this session. You will get the most out of this seminar if you watch the webinar in advance and bring questions. Panelists will share their personal experiences and strategies they found helpful in winning their CAREER awards. There will be ample time for Q & A. We will present a walk-through of the proposal planning process that will prepare you to develop or refine your proposal plan.

Part Three - Workshopping your CAREER Proposal. Join fellow faculty and Office of Research Development professional staff for a hands-on session workshopping your proposal outline or draft, with particular emphasis how best to frame your research agenda and integrate your education plan with your research. Come away with an improved plan for writing or refining your proposal.


This seminar series uses a “flipped” curriculum.  In order to get the most benefit out of the Faculty Panel and Proposal Workshop seminars, we recommend you prepare by viewing the NSF CAREER Webinar and reviewing the accompanying handouts. You should also review the program goals and proposal requirements materials found on the CAREER website: The CAREER program solicitation NSF 17-537 and FAQs about the CAREER program


This recorded provides a comprehensive and detailed discussion of the NSF CAREER program and how to write a winning proposal, stepping through the process from developing an idea to interpreting reviews.  A total of 3 hours long, the webinar is broken into 6 sections. They can be watched in any order, but the following order will take you through the entire presentation. The recording will be available for streaming through August 1, 2019.

  • The NSF CAREER Program: The Basics
  • Planning your research component
  • Identifying your NSF program and talking to your PO
  • Planning your education component
  • Final planning steps and writing your proposal, step by step
  • Understanding and responding to reviews

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Presented by the Office of Research Development. Please contact Mary K. Green at or 545-8641 with questions.