CAREER Proposal Development Program

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program supports 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. Ohio State supports early-career faculty in pursuit of this award through the CAREER Proposal Development Program, a service of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Office of Knowledge Enterprise. Applications, including a one-page project summary are due January 12, 2024. 

Each month, from February through June, the program covers a different topic, including:

  • Information on the CAREER program.
  • Review of online material related to a proposal section
  • Presentation on and group discussion of the topic
  • Submission of a draft for peer review
  • Providing peer review to colleagues

Participants who complete the program have priority access to the Engineering Technical Communications team services in final proposal preparation. 



The monthly program provides statistically significant improvements for participants through: 

  • Developing comprehensive research projects
  • Improved ability to write about significance (IM, BI)
  • Increased awareness of educational outreach opportunities
  • Effective synthesis of ideas into a cohesive project
  • Successfully writing an integrated education plan
  • Creating a network of junior faculty peers

For more information

Karen C. Dannemiller | Associate Professor | College of Engineering | 614-292-4031

Chris Jaroniec | Associate Dean, Research and Creative Inquiry | College of Arts and Sciences | 614-247-4284

Kellie Gross | Faculty Research Training and Development Specialist | Office of Knowledge Enterprise 

Past participant feedback

I received helpful comments that can be applied to both CAREER and non-CAREER proposals, particularly related to writing style and grantsmanship.