University at Albany
Uptown Campus
March 21 - 22, 2019

The State University of New York (SUNY), University at Albany, University at Buffalo, Binghamton University, Stony Brook University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and SUNY Polytechnic Institute are pleased to invite you to the first SUNY NSF-CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop which will be held on March 21 and 22, 2019 on the Uptown Campus of the University at Albany (UAlbany).

The CAREER workshop is one of a number of SUNY programs designed to assist SUNY faculty in pursuit of their research and scholarly endeavors. The 2-day workshop will deliver training and mentoring for tenure-track assistant professors (or positions in an equivalent title/rank) with the goal of enabling them to be successful in competing for and securing a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The workshop will cover the basics of writing a highly competitive CAREER proposal, discuss key strategies for intellectual merit and broader impacts, examine the NSF peer review process, and take a close look at the characteristics of high-impact, winning proposals. The workshop will be led by former NSF Deputy Division Director, Acting Division Director and Program Director, Dr. George Hazelrigg, a recently retired 35+ year expert of the National Science Foundation. Additionally, attendees will hear from a recent CAREER awardee who will share lessons learned and insights from their personal experiences in developing their proposals.

The CAREER Workshop will be hands-on with attendees participating in Mock Review Panels with the goal of simulating the peer review process and attaining a real-life understanding of what makes a winning proposal. Specifically, each participant will read and review six (6) CAREER proposals, including a mix of both awarded and declined applications. Participants will be assigned to small groups (the mock panel) where they will serve as both primary and secondary reviewers in enacting an actual CAREER review panel.

At the Workshop, participants will also have an opportunity to interact and network among themselves and with workshop presenters and facilitators. Networking opportunities will be available during an evening reception, breakfast and lunch allowing junior faculty to meet with SUNY representatives and colleagues who have previously served as NSF Program Officers.

Dr. Hazelrigg has taught many similar workshops in the past 15 years. Data from his previous workshops illustrate that the success rate for his participants is considerably higher than the overall NSF average for CAREER awards. Consequently, similar workshops led by Dr. Hazelrigg have attracted far more applicants than can be admitted. As a result, the SUNY NSF-CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop is limited to approximately 75 participants from across all SUNY institutions. Selection criteria will include the participants’ firm intention to submit a CAREER proposal in July 2019 and a willingness to share his/her previous (anonymized) CAREER proposals for mock panel review, if needed. Eligible participants will be selected on a first-come first-serve basis. As such, early application is strongly recommended. Please note that every accepted participant will be required to submit a project summary of their impending CAREER proposal and an NSF style 2-page CV as part of the application package.

A workshop fee of $100 will be charged at the time of acceptance to help defray the costs of facilities, meals, and materials. Participants will be responsible for their travel and accommodations. There are several hotels within walking distance of the UAlbany campus and rooms have been booked for Workshop attendees. For more information please visit the SUNY CAREER Workshop Website.

Albany is accessible via air, train, and bus, and is within approximately four hours of driving distance from most SUNY campuses.

To apply for the CAREER Workshop, please click here Workshop Application. Registration for the workshop will remain open through February 11, 2019. Additional information regarding the Workshop – including application procedures, a tentative agenda, workshop facilitators, CAREER resources, directions, and more, can be found here at the SUNY NSF CAREER Workshop website.

Accepted candidates will be notified on or before February 15, 2019.