Workforce Program in the Mathematical Sciences
Apply to PD 08-7335 as follows:
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standard Grant Proposal Guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov:
NSF Grants.gov Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines apply
(Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at:
Important Notice to Proposers
A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.
Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.
A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.
Full Proposal Window: May 15, 2013
June 15, 2013
May 15 - June 15, Annually Thereafter
Full Proposal Window: May 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
May 15 - June 15, Annually Thereafter
The long-range goal of the DMS Workforce Program is to increase the number of well-prepared U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents who successfully pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and in other NSF-supported disciplines.
Among intermediate goals to this end are improvements in recruitment, retention, education, and placement of trainees in the mathematical sciences.
The program's primary interest is in activities centered on education through research involvement for trainees at the undergraduate through postdoctoral educational levels. Activities that broaden participation in the mathematical sciences are of significant interest to the Division of Mathematical Sciences.
The program is particularly interested in activities that improve:
- recruitment and retention: increasing the number and diversity of U.S. students who successfully pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics and statistics;
- educational breadth: broadening graduate education and undergraduate education content in the mathematical sciences to prepare students for a wider range of career opportunities; and
- professional development: enhancing the professional skills of mathematical sciences postdoctoral associates, graduate students, and undergraduate students to better prepare them for both academic and nonacademic employment.
The program welcomes unsolicited proposals for activities that address the program goals in innovative and creative ways. Proposals must clearly identify:
- the goals to be achieved;
- the 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 proposed outcomes for the project;
- specific methods for evaluation of the success of the activity and for assessment of progress toward the goals to be achieved, and
- a budget commensurate with the proposed activity.
The program particularly seeks unsolicited proposals for activities that are:
- novel and potentially transformative, in that they promise extraordinary outcomes;
- portable, in the sense that they potentially can be duplicated at other institutions;
- sustainable, meaning that the activity can be continued in the absence of external funding;
- likely to have large impact in terms of the numbers of trainees affected; and
- exemplary, in that they can serve as national models for education through research involvement.
Proposers are advised to contact one of the cognizant program directors prior to submitting a proposal. The program has an annual submission window for unsolicited proposals of May 15 through June 15. (Unsolicited proposals received at other times will be returned without review.)
The Workforce Program also administers several more structured training activities, proposals for which are submitted in response to specific solicitations:
- Research Training Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (RTG)
- Mentoring through Critical Transition Points in the Mathematical Sciences (MCTP)
- Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSPRF)
- Research Experiences for Undergraduates Sites (REU)
- Expeditions in Training, Research, and Education for Mathematics and Statistics through Quantitative Explorations of Data (EXTREEMS-QED)
Please note that the deadline dates for submission of proposals in response to these specific solicitations differ from the submission-window dates for unsolicited proposals.
In addition to the Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts merit review criteria, NSF staff will give careful consideration to the following in making funding decisions:
Integration of Research and Education
One of the principal strategies in support of NSF's goals is to foster integration of research and education through the programs, projects, and activities it supports at academic and research institutions. These institutions provide abundant opportunities where individuals may concurrently assume responsibilities as researchers, educators, and students and where all can engage in joint efforts that infuse education with the excitement of discovery and enrich research through the diversity of learning perspectives.
Integrating Diversity into NSF Programs, Projects, and Activities
Broadening opportunities and enabling the participation of all citizens -- women and men, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities -- is essential to the health and vitality of science and engineering. NSF is committed to this principle of diversity and deems it central to the programs, projects, and activities it considers and supports.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program
University-Industry Cooperative Research Programs in the Mathematical Sciences
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
Interdisciplinary Grants in the Mathematical Sciences
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What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)
Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program