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for Collaborative Mathematics and Statistics Research

Focused Research Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (FRGMS)

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Science Foundation (NSF) - Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS)

Deadline Date:

09/14/22 5:00 PM (submitter's local time)

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, for-profits, IHEs, and government agencies for collaborative mathematics and statistics research projects. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to help researchers solve major challenges within the discipline of mathematical sciences. Groups may include mathematicians and statisticians, as well as researchers representing other engineering or science disciplines.

Through the mechanism of the Focused Research Group activity, the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) aims to foster collaborative research projects that:

  • Address major research challenges of recognized importance to the mathematical sciences,
  • Are likely to produce substantial progress on these problems,
  • And require the group’s coordinated efforts to achieve that progress.

Risky projects, in which the likelihood of success is not certain, are welcomed. Interdisciplinary projects are welcomed. For all Focused Research Group projects, substantial progress on the problems should have widely felt consequences for mathematics or statistics.

Each Focused Research Group proposal should provide a focused plan for making significant progress on a research challenge of recognized importance to the mathematical sciences, should describe the novel, innovative, and creative aspects of the planned research, and should explain why the success of the proposed research project depends in a crucial way upon a group effort by the collaborators.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175936

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$10,000,000

Number of Grants:

10

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $1,500,000
- Award Floor: $450,000

Term of Contract:

Projects are limited in duration to up to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

NSF welcomes proposals on behalf of all qualified scientists, engineers and educators. The Foundation strongly encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to participate fully in its programs. In accordance with Federal statutes, regulations and NSF policies, no person on grounds of race, color, age, sex, national origin or disability shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under, any program or activity receiving financial assistance from NSF, although some programs may have special requirements that limit eligibility.

Scientists, engineers and educators usually initiate proposals that are officially submitted by their employing organization. Before formal submission, the proposal may be discussed with appropriate NSF program staff. Graduate students are not encouraged to submit research proposals but should arrange to serve as research assistants to faculty members. Some NSF divisions accept proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Research Grants when submitted by a faculty member on behalf of the graduate student.

Categories of Proposers:
Except where a program solicitation establishes more restrictive eligibility criteria, organizations in the following categories may submit proposals:

1. Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the U.S., acting on behalf of their faculty members.

2. Non-profit, Non-academic Organizations - Independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations located in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activities.

3. For-profit Organizations - U.S. 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 IHEs; therefore, it especially welcomes proposals for cooperative projects involving both IHEs and the private commercial sector.

4. 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.

5. Unaffiliated Individuals - Unless specifically authorized in an NSF solicitation (e.g., NSF postdoctoral fellowship programs), unaffiliated individuals in the U.S. and unaffiliated U.S. citizens are not eligible to receive direct funding support from NSF.

6. Foreign organizations - NSF rarely provides direct funding support to foreign organizations. NSF will consider proposals for cooperative projects involving U.S. and foreign organizations, provided support is requested only for the U.S. portion of the collaborative effort. In cases however, where the proposer considers the foreign organization’s involvement to be essential to the project (e.g., through subawards or consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain why local support is not feasible and why the foreign organization can carry out the activity more effectively.

7. 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.

More eligibility details can be found starting at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg20_1/nsf20_1.pdf#page=28.

Pre-Application Information:

2022 September 14 - Deadline date

Due Dates:
Full Proposal Deadline Date:
- September 8, 2021 due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time
- Second Wednesday in September, Annually Thereafter

Proposers should allow up to six months for programmatic review and processing.

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Proposers must provide a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) DUNS number when applying for a new or renewal award. NSF requires that organizations registering to use NSF’s electronic systems have a valid and active SAM registration and have a valid DUNS number.

Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide:
https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg20_1/index.jsp

More information:
https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?WT.z_pims_id=5671&ods_key=nsf16577

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=285586

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Contacts:

Stefaan G. De Winter
sgdewint@nsf.gov
(703) 292-2599
MPS/DMS

Tomek Bartoszynski
tbartosz@nsf.gov
(703) 292-4885
MPS/DMS

Marian Bocea
mbocea@nsf.gov
(703) 292-2595
MPS/DMS

James M. Douglass
MDOUGLAS@nsf.gov
(703) 292-2467
MPS/DMS

Pedro F. Embid-Droz
pembid@nsf.gov
(703) 292-4859
MPS/DMS

CFDA Number:

47.049 -- Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Funding or Pin Number:

NSF 16-577

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