National Science Foundation Workshops - CAREER and EPSCoR Programs

March 30, 2023 / Memorial Union Hidatsa Room

Topic One: NSF CAREER Program

8:30am-1:00pm / Memorial Union Hidatsa Room

The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program (NSF 22-586) is a prestigious award program in support of 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 the department or organization. The intention is to provide a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating research and education.  

This highly interactive workshop will provide strategies for interacting with program officers, analysis of the solicitation, anatomy of the proposal, best practices for developing competitive proposals, and time for Q&A. This session will conclude with a panel of CAREER awardees at NDSU who will share their experience and tips for success.

Topic Two: NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Programs - Track 2 and Track 4

1:30-3:30pm / Memorial Union Hidatsa Room

The NSF EPSCoR Track 2: Focused EPSCoR Collaborations Program (NSF 22-633) supports interjurisdictional teams of EPSCoR investigators to perform research in emerging industries, with the goal of promoting economic growth in their jurisdictions. The topic for FY2024 is “advancing climate change research and resilience capacity to expand opportunities for disproportionately affected communities.”
This is a limited submission program; the next opportunity for submission to the Track 2 program will be for the December 2023 letter of intent deadline.

The NSF EPSCoR Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows Program (NSF 23-535) supports early-career investigators located in EPSCoR jurisdictions (like ND) to go on extended collaborative visits to private, government, or academic research centers to enhance Fellows’ research trajectories and improve research capacity of their home institutions and jurisdictions.
This is a limited submission program; the next opportunity for submission to the Track 4 program will be for the April 2024 deadline. NDSU is not eligible for the NASA track.

This session will provide analysis of the programs and strategies for meeting program requirements and developing competitive proposals. Topics will include identifying potential collaborators in EPSCoR jurisdictions, hallmarks of collaborations required by the program, characteristics of a strong mentoring relationship, and strategies for constructing the research plan.

Presenter: Kelvin Chu, PhD

President and Chief Operating Officer / The Implementation Group

Kelvin Chu joined The Implementation Group in 2015 after serving as an NSF program officer for three years in the Office of Integrative Activities. Dr. Chu has significant experience with research development, program building, and administration of research capacity-building programs, in both academia and at the federal level. 

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