Early Career Faculty Funding Opportunities

The Office of Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI) maintains a list of funding opportunities that we are currently aware of for early career faculty. This list and page are a work in progress. If you identify any early career opportunities that are not included below, please email us at

Opportunities marked with an asterisk (*) fall into the category of “limited submissions”. For more information about these opportunities and UTSA’s management of them, please visit our site.

Early Career Funding Opportunities (PDF)



The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards 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 their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Application Deadline

July 26, 2023
Fourth Wednesday in July, Annually Thereafter
Read the Solicitation 22-586


Proposers must meet all of the following eligibility requirements as of the annual deadline:

  • Hold a doctoral degree in a field supported by NSF;
  • Be engaged in research in an area of science, engineering, or education supported by NSF;
  • Hold at least a 50% tenure-track (or tenure-track-equivalent) position as an assistant professor (or equivalent title);
  • Be untenured; and
  • Have not previously received a CAREER award. (Prior or concurrent Federal support for other types of awards for non-duplicative research does not preclude eligibility.)

UTSA Faculty Resources

Proposal Development Services


Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI) encourages and supports faculty planning to submit a CAREER proposal by offering workshops, templates, grantsmithing and editorial services, project management support, technical review coordination, acquiring external consultants, and more.

Please notify SRI that you plan to submit a CAREER proposal! Complete an interest form by January 18, 2023.

NSF CAREER Information Session

Strategic Research Initiatives will host an information session on the NSF CAREER program on Thursday, January 26 at 1:30 pm. This information session will be held virtually and a recording will be made available to all who register to attend.

Thursday, January 26 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Register Here

NSF CAREER Webinars and Workshops

NSF CAREER Workshop with AtKisson Training Group
February 3 & February 10, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Virtual Workshop

An NSF CAREER award application is more than an NSF Standard Grant with an education plan added in. Highly competitive awards integrate the research and education plan. In this two-part seminar we talk about why and how to create a plan that results in a competitive proposal. Participants must register for and attend both sessions.

Developing Outreach and Broader Impacts for NSF with Lucy Deckard
February 21, 10:00-11:30 am
Virtual Workshop

Workshop for faculty on how to develop strong outreach and education components to meet NSF’s broader impacts requirements. (Not that emphasis will not be on education components for CAREER proposals.)

Upcoming: Assessing Declined Proposals and Analyzing Reviews- Resubmission? With Global Proposal Solutions
Date TBD – Register to receive notification when scheduled
Virtual Workshop

Has your proposal been declined? Are you trying to decipher reviewer comments? Should you resubmit? This workshop will address these questions and provide tips and tools for analyzing reviewer comments on declined proposals and deciding whether to revise and resubmit. This workshop will be relevant to second- and third-time CAREER applicants, as well as other PIs who are considering a declined proposal.

Register for webinars and workshop

Pre-Award Administration

The Research Service Centers (RSCs) review, authorize, and submit all NSF CAREER proposals. In addition to conducting detailed reviews of each proposal, RSC staff can assist with budget development,, and Cayuse routing.
The RSC requests that all CAREER applicants follow the 15/5/2 Rule to ensure quality proposals are submitted on time. Please notify RSC staff that you plan to apply by submitting a Notice of Intent form.

National Science Foundation Resources  


Dan Riechers

Sr. Director for Strategic Research Initiatives


Senior Grant Development Coordinator