Where are the Ceramic CAREER Awards, Class of 2012?

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Where are the Ceramic CAREER Awards, Class of 2012? By Lynnette D. Madsen A150 to 200 Mexico, Oklahoma,Maine, Missouri,Nebraska, Newpproximately of the National Science Rhode Island, South awards are supported by the awards, five are (Credit: Madsen; NSF.)Carolina, Tennessee,and Utah. Of these Foundation’s research Ceramics Program.1 The EPSCoR office. Figure 1. Distribution of funding from the NSF Ceramics Programcofunded by NSF’s Ceramics Program portfolio by state. Darker shading indicates more awards (Pennsylvania includes NSF Faculty White states have no awards at this time. Red stars indicate theand California, in dark green, have more than 20 awards each). • Academic research grants with Development location of the 2012 Class of CAREER awardees.Early Career one or more investigators; • Grant Opportunities for Academic Grants Liaison with Industry (GOALI) awards The prestigious with academic–industry partnerships; CAREER awards • Research grants at predominately support the develop- undergraduate institutions (RUI); ment of tenure-track • Materials World Network (MWN) assistant profes- awards that support research and foster sors as outstanding international collaboration; and researchers and edu- (CAREER) awards for assistant profes- ly integrate teach- (Credit: Madsen; NSF.)-cators who effective• Faculty Early Career Development sors who exemplify the academician’s ing, learning, and role as teacher and scholar.2 discovery. In the Figure 2. Number of CAREER proposals and awards and the The Ceramics Program supports Ceramics Program, associated funding or success rates from 2001 through 2012. research across the United States, as 25 awards or about This time period reflects the grant recommendations made by the shown in Figure 1, in keeping with 15 percent of the author. the NSF mandate to encourage and program’s portfolio support scientific research nationally. are CAREER grants.1 The number of Program usually has many awards in Pennsylvania and California have CAREER proposals received in the Pennsylvania because of strong materi- more than 20 awards each, and New Ceramics Program and, subsequently, als science/engineering research pro- York and Illinois have more than 10 the number of awards has varied widely grams at Drexel University, University each. States without grants through from year to year (Figure 2). Moreover, of Pennsylvania, Lehigh University, the Ceramics Program (shaded white in the 2001-2012 time period, the suc- Pennsylvania State University, in Figure 1) are all included in the cess rate of submitted proposals was 15 Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne Experimental Program to Stimulate percent or lower in five of the years, University, University of Pittsburgh, Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The and in seven of those years it was 27 and Temple University. program’s goals are “to provide strategic percent or higher. Even though the •Florida. There are seven active programs and opportunities that stimu- NSF’s actual budget or budget outlook Ceramics Program awards in Florida. late sustainable improvements in their varies from year to year, decisions on Four of these are CAREER awards— research and development capacity and CAREER proposals are based on merit, one at the University of Central Florida competitiveness, and advance science rather than budgetary fluctuations. and three at the University of Florida. and engineering capabilities in these There were three CAREER award- •Oregon. In addition to the 2012 jurisdictions for discovery, innovation, ees3,4 in 2009 and 2010, and six award- CAREER award, the Ceramics Program and overall knowledge-based prosper- ees in 2011.5 In 2012, the Ceramics cofunds (with two NSF programs in ity.” The Ceramics Program funds 26 Program funded five new awards in five the Engineering Directorate) another awards in EPSCoR states: Alabama, states: award in Oregon, also at Oregon State Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, •Pennsylvania. The Ceramics University. 30 www.ceramics.org | American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 92, No. 1


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