I plan to submit an NSF CAREER proposal this Summer. From what I have heard, the review process will take several months, and most likely I won't receive a decision until the next year.
In December, I would also like to submit a regular NSF proposal that describes exactly the first 3 (out of 5) years of the research plan in the CAREER proposal. So I will have two overlapping proposals being reviewed at the same time by the end of this year.
The reason for the overlap is that both of these describe a project that I feel very passionate about. I will focus on this project in the next 5 years no matter what. So if the CAREER proposal is not funded, I would like to have a shot to be supported by a regular grant as soon as possible. Plus, it seems CAREER is very competitive, so my chance of getting funded is not much above zero.
My question is: Will the two overlapping proposals be in conflict with one another? If not, what is the right way to clarify this situation to the program officer and panel?