
MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES $181,870,000The FY 2003 Budget Request for the Mathematical Sciences (DMS) Subactivity is $181.87 million, an increase of $30.39 million, or 20.1 percent, over the FY 2002 Current Plan of $151.48 million. (Millions of Dollars)
Advances in science and engineering, driven in part by increasingly sophisticated and readily available computing environments, have lifted the mathematical sciences to the forefront of science and engineering, reshaping modern discovery through quantitative predictions, instrumentation development, modeling, visualization, computational algorithms, and optimization methods. Science and engineering are becoming more mathematical and statistical, not only in the physical, engineering and informational sciences, but also the biological, geophysical, environmental, social, behavioral, and economic sciences. NSF has a crucial role in the support of academic research in the mathematical sciences, providing nearly 70 percent of all federal academic support. NSFsupported research involves a broader range of infrastructure, fundamental research, and multidisciplinary research topics than that sponsored by other federal agencies that support academic mathematical sciences research. Especially important is the critical function of the mathematical sciences in the education and training of the nation's scientific and engineering workforce. Mathematical Sciences includes areas such as analysis, geometry, topology, foundations, algebra, number theory, combinatorics, applied mathematics, statistics, probability, biomathematics, and computational mathematics. Awards in these areas support a variety of research projects, multidisciplinary projects, and Focused Research Groups, with some grants including funding for graduate and postdoctoral students as well as for workshops, computing equipment and other research and education needs. In addition, this Subactivity supports infrastructure efforts across the mathematical sciences, including national research institutes, postdoctoral research fellowships, graduate education, broadened career experiences for researchers, research conferences and workshops, shared scientific computing research equipment, and undergraduate investments such as Research Experiences for Undergraduates (sites and supplements). The pervasive nature of the mathematical sciences in underpinning and enabling much of today's scientific, engineering, commercial, and defenserelated activities is illustrated by the following examples:
The FY 2003 Budget Request of $181.87 million will enhance interdisciplinary research groups and other collaborative mechanisms that integrate the strength of the mathematical sciences with chemistry, materials research, physics, astronomy and other sciences and engineering. Of special importance in FY 2003 is the Mathematical Sciences priority area investment of $47.39 million, an increase of $17.39 million over the FY 2002 investment in interdisciplinary mathematics. This investment reflects the importance of mathematical and statistical sciences in the kinds of crosscutting science and engineering research areas described above. The FY 2003 increases will support:


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