Access Additional Funding with NSF’s Early CAREER Program Grant

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As grant competition increases, identifying viable funding sources is more important than ever. So, if you haven’t considered NSF’s Early CAREER program, it’s time to take another look.

This program is a tremendous opportunity for new investigators at ALL levels of institutes of higher education. It supports 5-year projects with a minimum budget of $400,000. The purpose of the Early CAREER program is to recognize excellent research scholars by awarding them with the support needed to build a foundation for a long, successful career. But where should you start?

Scientist and seasoned grant writer, Alix Norris, PhD, can help. During her 60-minute online training, Dr. Norris will walk you through how to determine when you’re best prepared to submit an Early CAREER application, and provide you with practical strategies on how to plan and write a competitive proposal. She’ll use real, previously funded proposals during the training, and conclude with recommendations you can take with you.

By taking advantage of this 60-minute online training, you’ll receive lessons learned and best practices developed over Dr. Norris’ many years of working with clients submitting successful NSF Early CAREER applications:

      • Clearly understand the program’s project scope expectations
      • Develop a strong educational component to make your research more appealing
      • Pin down how to successfully integrate your research and educational plans
      • More easily plan out and start writing this challenging proposal
      • Identify when and at what point in your career you should apply
      • Proven tips on how to outline and structure your application narrative
      • Takeaway hands-on materials to use as a reference when writing your own application
      • And so much more…

Who Is Eligible for this Grant?  An eligible Principal Investigator (PI) must meet the following requirements by the proposal deadline:

      • Hold a doctoral degree in a field supported by NSF by proposal deadline
      • Be untenured until October 1 following the deadline
      • Be employed in a tenure-track position as an assistant professor by October 1 following the deadline
      • Have educational responsibilities at the eligible institution 
      • Have not previously received a CAREER award
      • Have not had more than two CAREER proposals reviewed 

NSF’s Early CAREER program is unique in that it asks you to provide a robust, 5-year research plan that is ambitious and innovative. Also, you must devise educational activities to translate the findings of that research into measurable broader impacts. Submitting this grant is a significant undertaking and one that is often confusing or daunting. Also, you only have three chances at funding success.

Don’t wait, sign up for this online training today to make filing for this daunting grant easier and to maximize your funding chances. 

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Meet Your Expert: Dr. Alix Norris

Dr. Alix NorrisComing from an academic background, Dr. Alix Norris received her degrees from Virginia Tech and Wake Forest University. She went on to complete a successful four-year postdoctoral fellowship in the lab of Dr. Murray Korc (a prestigious Joseph M. Huber Professor and Chair of Medicine) at Dartmouth College, elucidating the complex signaling pathways activated in pancreatic cancer. While in academia, Dr. Norris successfully competed for federal research and training grant programs, including the Department of Defense's Predoctoral Fellowship, the NIH's F32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, an NIH R21, and numerous travel and merit-based internal awards. After the completion of her postdoctoral fellowship in 2011, Alix founded Tn Consulting, LLC, a powerhouse in the federal grant-writing arena, in order to support her love of writing and to use her scientific strengths in experimental planning, interpretation, and communication to better help others in science.


“This was very helpful for me. I found tips to writing the proposal and questions regarding salary very useful as salary guidance is not usually discussed.”
- Aretha Thurman, Assistant Professor, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA

“Very helpful! I was able to follow along using the handouts.”
- Michelle Gaines, Assistant Professor, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

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