Career Development Awards
No further calls for proposals to be held

Career Development Awards help faculty increase their exposure to colleagues at other institutions who can serve as collaborators and mentors.  These awards are particularly useful for assistant professors who are beginning to build their research program, or for mid-career faculty moving in either a more collaborative direction or new research area.

Funding agencies are investing a more significant proportion of their portfolio in programs that facilitate multi-investigator, interdisciplinary, large-budget projects.  With an increased emphasis on interdisciplinary science, national and international peer networks become even more important.  Creating opportunities to build such peer networks can significantly affect researchers’ ability to participate in new collaborations, provide them with greater professional recognition, and ensure career advancement.


Proposals should provide a clear plan for increasing the applicant’s exposure to senior colleagues or collaborators.  The plan should be specific to the career goals of the individual faculty member.  Some examples of possible projects include the following: 

  • Organize a symposium on campus or as part of your professional association’s national meeting.
  • Use funds to establish a relationship with a mentor within your academic discipline from another institution.  
  • Sponsor a lecture series of different seminar speakers on a specific topic related to your research. 



Applicants must be tenured or tenure-track.  Because the goal of the ADVANCE Program is to fund initiatives that foster women scientists’ success, all applicants must describe how their proposed plan will influence the careers of women scientists, either applicants or collaborators.  Proposals in all NSF-supported disciplines are eligible, though special consideration will be given to fields underrepresented by women scientists.


Award Terms and Conditions

The award provides up to $15,000 in direct costs.  We encourage applicants to request an amount that is appropriate for their plan and justify their budget carefully.  Applicants should be aware of federal funding guidelines when preparing project budgets.  See the section on allowability of costs from the NSF Grants Policy Manual, especially Section 615 Meetings and Conferences.  Award funds may be used to support reasonable and necessary costs for travel of the award recipient or to bring potential collaborators or mentors to Brown (travel expenses, honoraria, meeting expenses including refreshments provided before or after a symposium, travelers' meals, etc.).

Award periods are normally one year, but a no-cost extension may be granted with prior authorization from the ADVANCE at Brown office. Please note that the ADVANCE grant is currently scheduled to end July 31, 2012.  Career Development Award grant periods cannot extend beyond this date.

All grantees must provide a final report within 60 days of the end of the approved award period.  The report should describe the impact of the grant on the career of the award recipient, especially with regard to publications or additional grants obtained.

Acknowledgement of Career Development Award funding should be included in all abstracts, publications, publicity, presentations, etc.  For example:

“This conference was made possible with help from the ADVANCE Program at Brown University, which is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 0548311.

Procedure for Submitting Proposals

Proposals must be received via email.  The email subject line should read “Career Development Award Proposal.” Applications materials must include:

  • A completed cover page
  • A one page description of the career development plan
  • A one page budget and budget justification
  • A curriculum vitae


 Review Process and Criteria for Selection
Proposals are evaluated on their potential to have a significant impact on the faculty applicant’s career goals as well their ability to affect the careers of women scientists.  Because the goal of the ADVANCE Program at NSF is to fund initiatives that support women scientists’ success, all applicants must describe how their proposed plan will affect the careers of women scientists, either applicants or collaborators.