NSF Career Award Activities & Resources

NSF CAREER Award Workshop

March 6th 12:30-14:00, Y2E2 299 (Lunch Provided)

NSF Program Officer Alexis Lewis will give a brief overview of the CAREER Program and will be available to answer your questions. There will also be a panel session with previous award recipients and Stanford staff members will be present to share information about current programs and resources at Stanford to assist in your proposal development.

Please sign up here


Guided Writing Program (Engineering Only)

26th April – 17th June

In this program we will tackle a section of the NSF CAREER Award proposal each week. You will have the opportunity to send your document for review each week to the Engineering Research Proposal Editor.

The idea of this program is to encourage applicants to begin their proposals early, seek assistance throughout the writing process and have a complete draft of the document ready one month ahead of the deadline. The proposal can then be submitted for faculty review (Due, June 17th, see below).

If you are interested in this program please contact rachel.sparks@stanford.edu


Faculty Review (Engineering Only)

Proposals due June 17th

An opportunity to have your application reviewed by a previous CAREER Award recipient from within the School of Engineering.

The reviewer will return the document with comments 2 weeks prior to the Stanford submission deadline (5 business days prior to the NSF deadline).

If you take part in the Guided Writing Program (above) you will automatically be signed up for faculty review.

If you are interested in this opportunity please contact rachel.sparks@stanford.edu

Rachel will match your application to the faculty reviewer.


Writing Retreat

June 10th or 11th, Jasper Ridge Biological Reserve 

WISE Ventures in conjunction with the School of Engineering are organizing a day for faculty to come and write their grant applications. We plan to have the Research Proposal Editor on site all day to answer any questions you may have and we may facilitate a peer review session in the afternoon if attendees wish to participate.

Lunch and snacks will be provided.

If you are interested please contact rachel.sparks@stanford.edu with your preferred date (June 10th or 11th).


Stanford Resources for NSF CAREER Awards

  • Rachel Sparks PhD, Research Proposal Editor, Engineering Research Administration

Dr. Rachel Sparks provides the School of Engineering researchers with a range of services geared towards the development of competitive proposal narratives. From proposal planning to final edit, Rachel works closely with faculty (predominantly junior faculty) to craft precise and compelling narratives that clearly set forth their projects and speak to funder priorities. Rachel also runs an internal review for NSF CAREER applicants.

Email: resparks@stanford.edu

  • Jennifer Saltzman PhD, Director of Outreach Education

Dr.  Jennifer Saltzman provides support to the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences with programs and grant writing support. For NSF grants, she helps imagine and create broader impacts of proposed research as well as implementing plans. The school has several programs which Jennifer runs that Stanford Earth researchers can participate in to support CAREER and general NSF proposals.

Email: saltzman@stanford.edu

  • Kaye Storm, Director
  • Maiken Bruhis, Assistant Director

The Office of Science Outreach (OSO) assists Stanford faculty and students to engage in science outreach targeted at our nation’s youth, K-12 teachers, and the general public. These outreach projects and activities can help PIs fulfill NSF’s Broader Impacts criterion while also increasing scientific literacy in the U.S. and preparing the scientists and engineers of tomorrow. We sponsor programs that faculty can tap into, identify potential partners for collaboration, assist with proposal development and project implementation, and maintain the OSO website to advertise what’s on offer.


  •  Michael Helms PhD, Director 
  •  Sandra Holden PhD, Grant Development Officer

The Stanford Research Development Office office supports the entire School of Medicine. Dr. Helms and his colleague, Sandra Holden, assist with large research grants, grants related to big data and precision medicine, and research project grants for assistant professors.