NSF funding for junior faculty in first two years

May 17, 2014 at 9:04 am 6 comments

Computing education (CE21) researchers are explicitly encouraged in this solicitation.  It’s a nice idea to try to deal with the low success rates of NSF proposals these days.

With the goal of encouraging research independence immediately upon obtaining one’s first academic position after receipt of the PhD, the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) will award grants to initiate the course of one’s independent research. Understanding the critical role of establishing that independence early in one’s career, it is expected that funds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first two years in an academic position after the PhD. One may not yet have received any other grants in the Principal Investigator (PI) role from any institution or agency, including from the CAREER program or any other award post-PhD. Serving as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Post-doctoral Fellow, or other Fellow does not count against this eligibility rule. It is expected that these funds will allow the new CISE Research Initiation Initiative PI to support one or more graduate students for up to two years.

via Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) (nsf14562).

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. shriramkrishnamurthi  |  May 17, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Misleading title, yes? It says “untenured faculty or research scientists”, which sounds like just about everything _but_ junior faculty.

    • 2. Mark Guzdial  |  May 17, 2014 at 10:57 am

      I’m confused. Aren’t “untenured faculty or research scientists” junior faculty? I think of junior faculty as being pre-tenure faculty.

  • 3. Sat Garcia  |  May 17, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I was hoping this would apply to junior faculty at undergraduate institutions but I guess I’ll have to keep looking … 😦

    • 4. Mark Guzdial  |  May 17, 2014 at 10:58 am

      It says “academic positions.” Wouldn’t that include undergraduate institutions?

  • 5. Barbara Boucher Owens  |  May 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    It is the “graduate students” that causes a problem for new faculty in UG institutions. Can faculty in UG only apply

    • 6. Mark Guzdial  |  May 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      I just spoke with Jeff Forbes about this. Undergraduate faculty are WELCOME to apply. You just need a reasonable story for where you’d spend the money in the short time available (hire a research scientist? a slew of REU’s?).


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