Winter 2020 NSF Career Development Workshop

The Division of Research Development in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will conduct a UM Winter 2020 NSF CAREER Development Program January 16th and 17th on the Oxford campus (exact location TBD). Potential UM Proposers to the NSF CAREER Development Program (early career UM faculty members in STEM-related fields), Future STEM Faculty Members (postdocs and senior doctoral students planning academic careers in STEM disciplines) and Support Providers (campus personnel who can support faculty in developing, implementing, or magnifying the impacts of, research, education, and outreach programs) interested in participating in one or more parts of this program are invited to sign up by January 3rd (if participating in the Mock Panel Review), or by January 7th (for all other program parts).

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Overview of the NSF CAREER Program
From 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. on Thursday the 16th, in Conference Roomn B of The JAC (Jackson Avenue Center) Jason Hale, ORSP Director of Research Development, will provide an overview of the NSF Early CAREER Development Program for Potential UM Proposers and Future STEM Faculty Members.

Writing Your Research Proposal
From 1:45 to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday the 16th, in Conference Roomn B of The JAC, Shirley Gray, UM Instructor in Writing and Rhetoric, will facilitate an interactive workshop on effective grant proposal writing, for Potential UM Proposers, Future STEM Faculty Members, or anyone else interested in learning how to write better grant proposals. Ms. Gray has over 20 years of experience teaching scientific writing for publications and proposal writing for grants to NSF, NIH, and other sponsors.

Resources for Developing Winning UM NSF CAREER Proposals
From 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday the 16th, in Conference Roomn B of The JAC, Jason Hale will be joined by Support Providers from around campus to provide Potential UM Proposers with short overviews of various information, services, and resources available for faculty to leverage in the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective, efficient, and broadly impactful CAREER education/outreach components. Future STEM Faculty Members and others are welcome to attend this session as well. Current and past UM CAREER Award holders will be invited to share tips in this session as well.

NSF CAREER Networking Reception
From 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday the 16th, in the JAC Atriumall Program Participants are invited to enjoy light refreshments while networking with one another, and with past and present UM NSF CAREER Awardees. This will be a great opportunity for Potential UM Proposers to make connections with Providers.

Mock NSF CAREER Panel Review
From 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Friday the 17th, in Hedleston Hall 202, UM participants will discuss and deliberate the strengths/weaknesses of two full NSF CAREER proposals in an NSF-style Mock Panel review session facilitated by consultants from T.I.G.—a DC-based research development firm.  Participants will be expected to spend an estimated 4 hours between January 6th and January 12th reviewing and scoring the two 15-page proposals that will provided by T.I.G.  If interest exceeds seating, priority will be given to Potential UM Proposers, who stand to benefit the most from this activity in the near term.  

Discussion of One-Page NSF CAREER Research and Education Ideas
On the afternoon of Friday the 17th, in Lyceum 308Potential UM Proposers will receive feedback on a One-Page NSF CAREER Research and Education Idea (the Idea), which they must first develop and submit to ORSP by January 9. Depending on the preferences stated by the Proposer when they sign up,  and the availability of slots, the Idea may be: 1) discussed in a 30-minute, one-on-one meeting between the faculty member and a T.I.G. Consultant; 2) shared, critiqued, and discussed with other UM workshop participants; and/or 3) shared with others at UM who can provide feedback, resources, or services in support of the proposed idea.  One-pagers should be prepared according to Instructions for Project Summaries in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1).

Additional Information
Please share this invitation with anyone at UM who you think would be interested and could benefit from, or contribute to, this program. Direct any questions to Jason Hale at (x3922). Updates to this announcement will be made in the online version at

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