Workshopping your CAREER Proposal - Part I: Introduction, Overview, and Intellectual Merit - REGISTRATION CLOSED

Friday, May 29, 2020 -
10:00am to 11:30am


Via Zoom

Workshopping your CAREER Proposal: NOTE!  Rescheduled - see new dates and times.

Part I. Writing the Introduction, Overview, and Intellectual Merit sections and creating an outline for your CAREER proposal. May 20, 2020, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, via Zoom. Rescheduled for May 29, 2020, 10:00 - 11:30am, via Zoom - - Registration Closed

Part II. Writing the Education Plan and Broader Impacts sections of your CAREER proposal. June 17, 2020, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, via Zoom. Please register by June 5, 2020. Rescheduled for June 26, 2020, 10:00 - 11:30am, via Zoom. Registration closes June 12.

We are offering two sessions of Workshopping your CAREER Proposal as small-group, virtual events. To allow time for participants to focus on different parts of their 15-page proposal narratives, we will schedule the sessions four weeks apart, May 29 and again on June 26. Each session will last 90 minutes.

In Part I, we will focus on writing and critiquing key components of the proposal: The Introduction, Overview, and Intellectual Merit, which together usually comprise the first one to two pages of the project narrative. We will also discuss how to build out participants’ proposal outlines into clear, well-organized proposals. In Part II, we will focus on the Education Plan and Broader Impacts sections of the narrative.

Participants will share their drafts with each other a week before each workshop and be prepared to provide feedback to each other during the workshop, according to a rubric we will provide. You will come away with an improved plan for writing and refining your proposal. We will follow the guidance presented in the online course, How to Write a Successful NSF CAREER Proposal, by Lucy Deckard, Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC. Participants will need to register for the course in order to watch the relevant videos and download materials, including a proposal outline template and sample proposals. Interested participants will be invited to form their own proposal writing cohorts aimed at the July 27, 2020 NSF due date.

Register here  for the workshops and the webinar. When you register, you will be asked to confirm that you are willing to share sections of your proposal draft with the other participants. We will follow up with workshop agendas and materials. This page also holds other resources to help you with developing your CAREER proposal.

Please feel free to contact Mary K. Green (mkgreen@umass.edu) and Mary Fechner (mfechner@research.umass.edu) for more information.

As of this time, NSF has not extended the July 27 deadline for submission, so we hope you will be able to able to take advantage of these workshops despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also visit our NSF CAREER Award proposal development resources page for other resources to help you develop your CAREER proposal.