The Office of Research Development (ORD) presents an annual series about the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program to support pre-tenure faculty in strengthening their CAREER proposals. Many UMass Lowell (UML) CAREER awardees have attended the sessions in the past and have expressed the great value of the workshop.

Please register for each session below. This year's sessions include an overview of the CAREER solicitation, insights from CAREER awardees, resources for finding education and community partners, optional submission of project summaries for feedback, and more.

Note additional resources are available to help you prepare an NSF CAREER award:

  • UML CAREER Resource Library - ORD maintains a collection of example proposals from past UML CAREER awardees, template outlines for several common CAREER proposal documents, recordings and materials from our office's previous CAREER-focused events, and other CAREER resources. Access with your UML log-in credentials.
  • Proposal reviews – As bandwidth permits, ORD offers reviews of NSF CAREER proposals by internal or external grant consultants. Review time is prioritized for faculty that reach out far ahead of the CAREER deadline. Contact as early as possible in your CAREER preparation process to discuss scheduling a review.

  • CAREER preparation course – All UML faculty can access a self-guided online course walking through the development of a competitive CAREER proposal, including hands-on tutorials, examples of winning proposals, annotated applications, and insights from past NSF reviewers and program officers. Please email for the referral code to access the Grants Learning Center.

  • NSF Directorate-specific CAREER assistance – Some NSF directorates offer specialized CAREER preparation events each spring. For example, NSF’s Engineering and STEM Education directorates both offered half or full-day CAREER workshops in previous years, and other directorates offered CAREER-specific office hours with program directors. Visit NSF’s CAREER page to see upcoming programming.