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Division of Mathematical Sciences

Mary Ann Horn, (703) 292-4879
Room 1025 N

Rosemary Renaut, (703) 292-2112
Room 1025 N

Apply to PD 12-7334 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via NSF Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Application Guide is available on the 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:  November 1, 2015 - November 16, 2015

November 1 - November 15, Annually Thereafter

Due to recent changes in the deadlines of three of the divisions in the Directorate of Biological Sciences (BIO), the Mathematical Biology program is shifting its deadline in order to facilitate timely review that will enable the program to continue its longstanding practice of co-review and co-funding with BIO.  To ensure both the timely handling of proposals and fairness in comparing competing requests for funding, the DMS Mathematical Biology subprogram has established a Proposal Submission Window. The window for Fiscal Year 2013 and following years extends annually from 1 November (8:00 AM local time) to 15 November (5:00 PM local time). Except for conference and workshop proposals, which should be submitted about eight months before the requested starting date, only proposals submitted during this period will be considered for review.

The Mathematical Biology Program supports research in areas of applied and computational  mathematics with relevance to the biological sciences.  Successful proposals are mathematically innovative and address challenging problems of interest to members of the biological community. 

Projects may include development of mathematical concepts and tools traditionally seen in other disciplinary programs within the Division of Mathematical Sciences, e.g., topology, probability, statistics, and computation, etc.  To receive appropriate and timely review, such proposals should be submitted directly to the relevant disciplinary program that has the earliest deadline, but they will be considered for co-review by the Mathematical Biology program, which may be selected as a secondary program.  Note that proposals that use established mathematical, statistical, and computational tools to address problems in the biological sciences are typically not appropriate for consideration by the disciplinary programs within DMS.  For further details on other disciplinary programs within the division, see the details of the program descriptions.

In general, if a proposal is appropriate for review by more than one disciplinary program within the Division of Mathematical Sciences, it is advisable to contact the program officers handling each program to determine when the proposal should be submitted and to facilitate the review process.  Usually, it is most appropriate to submit in line with the earliest program deadline.  If proposals are appropriate for co-review, but are not received in time to include them in the review process for all programs, then they may considered by only a subset of the programs or may be returned without review.  In addition, the Mathematical Biology Program interacts with every division in the NSF Directorate of Biological Sciences, as well as with multiple divisions within the Directorate for Engineering, and its interests overlap those of the programs within these divisions.  Mathematical Biology regularly seeks joint reviews of proposals with programs in the Directorates of Biological Sciences and Engineering.  Investigators are encouraged to discuss their project with program officers in both areas to determine if it should be considered for co-review.

Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences
Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience
Focused Research Groups in the Mathematical Sciences
Research Training Groups in the Mathematical Sciences

Conferences and Workshops in the Mathematical Sciences

Disciplinary Research Programs

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)



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