Deconstructing the NSF CAREER Proposal

I submitted a NSF CAREER proposal last year— my first attempt [1]. I’ll probably submit again this year. In the process of putting my materials together, I was fortunate to be able to learn from successful proposals written by friends and colleagues [2]. I was also fortunate to get feedback from mentors [3]. Trends emerged, and I thought I’d distill and share here on the off-chance that someone might find it helpful.