An academic career often does not provide the uninterrupted stretches of time necessary for acquiring and building new skills to enhance and advance one’s research program. Mid-career scientists in particular are at a critical career stage where they need to advance their research programs to ensure long-term productivity and creativity but are often constrained by service, teaching, or other activities that limit the amount of time devoted to research.
The National Science Foundation’s new Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) grant offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers at the Associate Professor rank (or equivalent) to substantively enhance and advance their research program through synergistic and mutually beneficial partnerships, typically at an institution other than their home institution. Projects that envision new insights on existing problems or identify new but related problems previously inaccessible without new methodology or expertise from other fields are encouraged.
Open to the following directorates: Biology, Geology, Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences, and Education and Human Resources (NOT open to Math, Physical Sciences, or Computer Sciences). Applications are due February 1, 2021.
For more information, or if you’re interested in applying, contact Charlotte Whited.