Mathematical Sciences Infrastructure Program

National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Next deadline: Feb 1, 2022

Later deadlines: Aug 2, 2022, Feb 7, 2023, Aug 1, 2023, Feb 6, 2024, Aug 6, 2024, Feb 4, 2025, Aug 5, 2025, Feb 3, 2026, Aug 4, 2026, Feb 2, 2027, Aug 3, 2027, Feb 1, 2028, Aug 1, 2028, Feb 6, 2029, Aug 7, 2029, Feb 5, 2030, Aug 6, 2030, Feb 4, 2031, Aug 5, 2031, Feb 3, 2032, Aug 30, 2032, Feb 1, 2033, Aug 2, 2033, Feb 7, 2034, Aug 1, 2034, Feb 6, 2035, Aug 7, 2035

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Mathematics

Applicant type: Organizations, Faculty, Research Scientist

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Conference, Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

Overview:

The primary aim of the Mathematical Sciences Infrastructure Program is to foster the continuing health of the mathematical sciences research community as a whole. In addition, the program complements the Workforce Program in the Mathematical Sciences in its goal to increase the number of well-prepared U.S. based individuals who successfully pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and in other professions in which expertise in the mathematical sciences plays an increasingly important role. The DMS Infrastructure program invites projects that support core research in the mathematical sciences, including:

  • novel projects supporting research infrastructure across the mathematical sciences community;
  • training projects complementing the Workforce Program, and
  • conference, workshop, and travel support requests that include cross-disciplinary activities or have an impact at the national scale. 

Proposals under this solicitation submitted to DMS Infrastructure must show engagement in developing or enhancing the mathematical sciences research infrastructure in the U.S., including, but not limited to, broadening participation activities; professional development training; or involvement of students and early career researchers. Proposals must explain the regional or national scale impact of the activity that goes substantially beyond the submitting institution or the location of the event.

Full proposals (with exception of conference proposals, which are subject to lead-time requirements) must be submitted close to one of the Full Proposal Target Dates.

See below for more information about each category of Infrastructure projects.

Novel projects that serve to strengthen the research infrastructure:

The DMS Infrastructure Program will consider novel projects that support and strengthen the research infrastructure across the mathematical sciences community. These projects most often cut across multiple sub-disciplines supported by DMS or involve interdisciplinary collaborations. The main goal of these projects should be to create a new research infrastructure or substantially enhance or transform an existing infrastructure with regional or national impact that goes substantially beyond the submitting institution or the location of the project. Full proposals must be submitted by the Full Proposal Target Date.

Training projects:

raining projects: Training proposals submitted to DMS Infrastructure must not fit into one of the areas covered by solicitations in the Workforce Program in the Mathematical Sciences; they must be submitted by the Full Proposal Target Date; and they must:

  • Include a core research component for trainees in mathematical sciences;
  • Demonstrate promise for an impact at the regional or national scale that goes substantially beyond the submitting institution or the location of the project;
  • Satisfy at least one of the following criteria:
    • Serve as models to be replicated,
    • Promote partnerships with non-academic entities, minority-serving institutions, or community colleges, or
    • Include a substantial broadening participation initiative.

In addition, all proposals of this type must clearly identify:

  • Goals to be achieved;
  • Specific new activities to be conducted, the way in which these address the goals, and the way in which the activities significantly differ from or enhance common practice;
  • Measurable outcomes for the project;
  • Plans and methods for assessment of progress toward the goals to be achieved, and for evaluation of the success of the activity;
  • Recruitment, selection, and retention plans for participants, including members of underrepresented groups;
  • Sustainability plans to continue the pursuit of the project's goals when funding terminates; and
  • A budget commensurate with the proposed activity.

Conferences, Symposia, Working Research Sessions, Travel Support Requests:

Principal Investigators should carefully read the program solicitation Conferences and Workshops in the Mathematical Sciences to obtain important information regarding the substance of proposals for conferences, workshops, summer/winter schools, international travel support, and similar activities. Conference/workshop proposals that concern topics within a particular subdiscipline of mathematics or statistics should be submitted to the appropriate DMS disciplinary program(s). These submissions are subject to the lead-time requirements specified by the disciplinary program(s); see the program web pages listed on the DMS home page.

Conference/workshop proposals may be submitted to the DMS Infrastructure program only if the intended topical areas span a wide range of the mathematical sciences and are consequently not within the scope of DMS disciplinary programs. The required lead time for submission of such proposals is:

  • 6 months in advance of the meeting date for proposals requesting no more than $50,000 to support a domestic meeting;
  • 9 months in advance of the meeting date for proposals requesting more than $50,000 to support a domestic meeting;
  • 12 months in advance of the meeting date for proposals requesting support for participation in a meeting taking place outside the United States.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Except where a program solicitation establishes more restrictive eligibility criteria, individuals and organizations in the following categories may submit proposals:
    • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) -
      • Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members.
        • IHEs located outside the US fall under 'foreign organizations'. below.
      • Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs
        • If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.
    • Non-profit, Non-academic Organizations -
      • Independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations located in the US that are directly associated with educational or research activities.
    • For-profit Organizations -
      • US commercial organizations, especially small businesses with strong capabilities in scientific or engineering research or education.
        • An unsolicited proposal from a commercial organization may be funded when the project is of special concern from a national point of view, special resources are available for the work, or the proposed project is especially meritorious.
        • NSF is interested in supporting projects that couple industrial research resources and perspectives with those of universities; therefore, it especially welcomes proposals for cooperative projects involving both universities and the private commercial sector.
    • State and Local Governments -
      • State educational offices or organizations and local school districts may submit proposals intended to broaden the impact, accelerate the pace, and increase the effectiveness of improvements in science, mathematics and engineering education in both K-12 and post-secondary levels.
    • Other Federal Agencies -
      • NSF does not normally support research or education activities by scientists, engineers or educators employed by Federal agencies or FFRDCs.
      • Under unusual circumstances, other Federal agencies and FFRDCs may submit proposals directly to NSF.
      • A proposed project is only eligible for support if it meets one or more of the following exceptions, as determined by a cognizant NSF Program Officer:
        • Special Projects. Under exceptional circumstances, research or education projects at other Federal agencies or FFRDCs that can make unique contributions to the needs of researchers elsewhere or to other specific NSF objectives may receive NSF support.
        • National and International Programs. The Foundation may fund research and logistical support activities of other Government agencies or FFRDCs directed at meeting the goals of special national and international research programs for which the Foundation bears special responsibility, such as the US Antarctic Research Program.
        • International Travel Awards. In order to ensure appropriate representation or availability of a particular expertise at an international conference, staff researchers of other Federal agencies may receive NSF international travel awards.
      • Proposers who think their project may meet one of the exceptions listed above must contact a cognizant NSF Program Officer before preparing a proposal for submission.
      • In addition, a scientist, engineer or educator who has a joint appointment with a university and a Federal agency (such as a Veterans Administration Hospital, or with a university and a FFRDC) may submit proposals through the university and may receive support if he/she is a faculty member (or equivalent) of the university, although part of his/her salary may be provided by the Federal agency. Preliminary inquiry must be made to the appropriate program before preparing a proposal for submission.

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