Title: Mathematical Sciences: Innovations at the Interface with the Physical and
Computer Sciences and Engineering
Date: 09/21/05
Replaced: NSF 04-538
Mathematical Sciences: Innovations at the Interface with the Physical and
Computer Sciences and Engineering
Program Solicitation
NSF 05-622
Replaces Document NSF 04-538
[NSF Logo] National Science Foundation
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Division of Mathematical Sciences
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and
Engineering
Directorate for Engineering
Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):
December 20, 2005
For Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Physical
Sciences (MSPA-MPS), pertaining to interactions with Astronomy
December 20, 2005
For Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Physical
Sciences (MSPA-MPS), pertaining to interactions with Materials
Research
January 13, 2006
For Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Physical
Sciences (MSPA-MPS), pertaining to interactions with Chemistry
March 01, 2006
For Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Computer
Science (MSPA-MCS)
Full Proposal Deadline(s):
No fixed deadline
For Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Engineering
(MSPA-ENG). Most due dates fall between October 1, 2005 and March
1, 2006, see full text of the solicitation for specifics.
REVISIONS AND UPDATES
This is a revision of document NSF 04-538 which announced competitions of
nine activities of the Mathematical Sciences Priority Area (MSPA) in Fiscal
2004-2005. This revision contains the following specific changes from NSF
04-538:
1. It provides upcoming proposal deadlines and full descriptions for
three of the nine MSPA activities that were described by NSF 04-538.
The three activities are:
* Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Computer
Science (MSPA-MCS)
* Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Engineering
(MSPA-ENG)
* Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Physical
Sciences (MSPA-MPS)
2. It provides a revised description of areas of interest for
Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science.
3. It provides a list of five MSPA activities that were described in NSF
04-538 and that have separate existing solicitations. Links to those
separate solicitations are provided. The five activities are:
* Collaborations in the Mathematical Geosciences (CMG)
* Joint DMS/BIO/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research in the
Area of Mathematical Biology
* Focused Research Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (FRG)
* Enhancing the Mathematical Sciences Workforce in the 21st
Century (EMSW21)
* Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biological
and Mathematical Sciences (UBM)
4. It lists one additional MSPA activity entitled, Mathematical Social
and Behavioral Sciences (MSBS) that began after the publication of NSF
04-538. The MSBS has its own solicitation, the link of which is also
provided.
5. NSF 04-538 contained another MSPA activity entitled, New Mathematical
and Statistical Tools for Understanding Complex Systems in the
Environment. This activity is not continued, hence the revision does
not contain this activity.
This revision includes all the interdisciplinary activities under MSPA,
three of which are given full descriptions, while others that have separate
solicitations are listed with links. The intention is to facilitate
researchers who are interested in MSPA to find relevant information.
Researchers interested in the three MSPA activities that are described in
this solicitation can get the details from this solicitation. Researchers
interested in the other MSPA activities with separate solicitations can
access them via the links provided in this solicitation.
SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
General Information
Program Title:
Mathematical Sciences: Innovations at the Interface with the
Physical and Computer Sciences and Engineering
Synopsis of Program:
This solicitation describes the opportunities available for
support through the Foundation’s Mathematical Sciences
Priority Area in the following three categories:
* Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Computer
Science (MSPA-MCS)
* Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Engineering
(MSPA-ENG)
* Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Physical
Sciences (MSPA-MPS)
Other Opportunities supported through the Mathematical Sciences
Priority Area are described in other existing solicitations. They
are listed below for information and completeness of the existing
competitions in the Mathematical Sciences Priority Area.
Investigators interested in the following competitions should
consult with the specific solicitations listed below:
* Collaborations in the Mathematical Geosciences (CMG), see
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05535
* Joint DMS/BIO/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research in the
Area of Mathematical Biology, see
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf04572
* Focused Research Groups in the Mathematical Sciences, (FRG),
see
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf02129
* Enhancing the Mathematical Sciences Workforce in the 21st
Century (EMSW21), see
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05595
* Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biological
and Mathematical Sciences (UBM), see
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf04546
* Mathematical Social and Behavioral Sciences (MSBS), see
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05542
Investments in the Mathematical Sciences Priority Area will
deepen support for fundamental research in mathematics and
statistics, and the integration of mathematical and statistical
research across the full range of science and engineering
disciplines. Investments in interdisciplinary research will focus
primarily on mathematical and statistical challenges posed by
large data sets, managing and modeling uncertainty, and modeling
complex nonlinear systems. Innovative educational activities that
foster closer connections between research and education in the
mathematical sciences will also be supported.
Cognizant Program Officer(s):
* Please see the full text of this funding opportunity for contact
information.
Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):
* 47.070 --- Computer and Information Science and Engineering
* 47.041 --- Engineering
* 47.049 --- Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Eligibility Information
* Organization Limit: None Specified.
* PI Eligibility Limit:
This solicitation covers three categories of activities. Please see
Section II for further information on each of the three categories.
* Limit on Number of Proposals: None Specified.
Award Information
* Anticipated Type of Award: Standard or Continuing Grant
* Estimated Number of Awards: 55 to 70
* Anticipated Funding Amount: $15,400,000 This figure is the total
amount, subject to availability of funds in FY 2006, for the three
categories of activities described in this solicitation, see the full
text for more details.
Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions
A. Proposal Preparation Instructions
* Full Proposal Preparation Instructions: This solicitation contains
information that supplements the standard Grant Proposal Guide (GPG)
proposal preparation guidelines. Please see the full text of this
solicitation for further information.
B. Budgetary Information
* Cost Sharing Requirements: Cost Sharing is not required by NSF.
* Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations: Not Applicable.
* Other Budgetary Limitations: Not Applicable.
C. Due Dates
* Full Proposal Deadline Date(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):
December 20, 2005
For Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Physical
Sciences (MSPA-MPS), pertaining to interactions with
Astronomy
December 20, 2005
For Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Physical
Sciences (MSPA-MPS), pertaining to interactions with
Materials Research
January 13, 2006
For Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Physical
Sciences (MSPA-MPS), pertaining to interactions with
Chemistry
March 01, 2006
For Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Computer
Science (MSPA-MCS)
* Full Proposal Deadline Date(s):
No fixed deadline
For Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and
Engineering (MSPA-ENG). Most due dates fall between October
1, 2005 and March 1, 2006, see full text of the solicitation
for specifics.
Proposal Review Information
* Merit Review Criteria: National Science Board approved criteria apply.
Award Administration Information
* Award Conditions: Standard NSF award conditions apply.
* Reporting Requirements: Standard NSF reporting requirements apply.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Summary of Program Requirements
I. Introduction
II. Program Description
III. Eligibility Information
IV. Award Information
V. Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions
A. Proposal Preparation Instructions
B. Budgetary Information
C. Due Dates
D. FastLane Requirements
VI. Proposal Review Information
A. NSF Proposal Review Process
B. Review Protocol and Associated Customer Service Standard
VII. Award Administration Information
A. Notification of the Award
B. Award Conditions
C. Reporting Requirements
VIII.Contacts for Additional Information
IX. Other Programs of Interest
I. INTRODUCTION
Today's discoveries in science, engineering and technology are intertwined
with advances across the mathematical sciences. New mathematical tools
disentangle the complex biotic and abiotic processes that drive the climate
system; mathematics illuminates the interaction of magnetic fields and
fluid flows in the hot plasmas within stars; and mathematical modeling
plays a key role in research on micro-, nano-, and optical devices.
Innovative optimization methods form the core of computational algorithms
that provide decision-making tools for Internet-based business information
systems.
The fundamental mathematical sciences - embracing mathematics and
statistics - are essential not only for the progress of research across
disciplines, they are also critical to training a mathematically literate
workforce for the future. Technology-based industries which help fuel the
growth of the U.S. economy and increasing dependence on computer control
systems, electronic data management, and business forecasting models,
demand a workforce with effective mathematical and statistical skills,
well-versed in science and engineering.
It is vital for mathematicians and statisticians to collaborate with
engineers and scientists to extend the frontiers of discovery where science
and mathematics meet, both in research and in educating a new generation
for careers in academia, industry, and government. For the United States to
remain competitive among other nations with strong traditions in
mathematical sciences education, we must attract more young Americans to
careers in the mathematical sciences. These efforts are essential for the
continued health of the nation's science and engineering enterprise.
The goal of the Mathematical Sciences Priority Area (MSPA) is to advance
frontiers in three interlinked areas: (1) fundamental mathematical and
statistical sciences, (2) interdisciplinary research involving the
mathematical and statistical sciences with science and engineering, and (3)
critical investments in mathematical and statistical sciences that embed
training in research activities.
Investments in the Mathematical Sciences Priority Area will deepen support
for fundamental research in mathematics and statistics and the integration
of mathematical and statistical research across the full range of science
and engineering disciplines. Investments in interdisciplinary research will
focus primarily on three scientific themes:
* Mathematical and statistical challenges posed by large data sets
* Managing and modeling uncertainty, and
* Modeling complex nonlinear systems.
These themes provide the basis for most of the interdisciplinary
competitions that are part of the MSPA. Innovative educational activities
that foster closer connections between research and education in the
mathematical sciences will also be supported.
Existing competitions with separate solicitations as part of the MSPA
include the following:
* Collaborations in the Mathematical Geosciences (CMG), see
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05535
* Joint DMS/BIO/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research in the Area of
Mathematical Biology, see
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf04572
* Focused Research Groups in the Mathematical Sciences, (FRG), see
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf02129
* Enhancing the Mathematical Sciences Workforce in the 21st Century
(EMSW21), see
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05595
* Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biological and
Mathematical Sciences (UBM), see
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf04546
* Mathematical Social and Behavioral Sciences (MSBS), see
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05542
These existing competitions are listed here for information only and will
not be described hereafter.
This solicitation provides descriptions of the following three broad
categories of activities supported through the MSPA:
* Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science
(MSPA-MCS)
* Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (MSPA-ENG)
* Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Physical Sciences
(MSPA-MPS)
Investigators wishing to submit proposals to one of these activities are
encouraged to read the full text of this solicitation for program
descriptions, proposal due dates, eligibility and award information.
Proposers are also encouraged to contact one of the cognizant program
officers listed in the full text of this solicitation. Proposals in the
mathematical sciences may also be submitted to programs in the Division of
Mathematical Sciences; further information on these may be found at
http://www.nsf.gov/mps/divisions/dms/
II. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
This solicitation describes funding opportunities in the following three
broad categories of activities:
* Interactions between the Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science
(MSPA-MCS)
* Interactions between the Mathematical Sciences and Engineering
(MSPA-ENG)
* Interactions between the Mathematical Sciences and the Physical
Sciences (MSPA-MPS)
1. Interactions between the Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science
(MSPA-MCS)
1.1 MSPA-MCS Description:
In FY 2006, the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) of the Directorate
for Mathematical and Physical Sciences and the Division of Computing and
Communication Foundations (CCF) of the Directorate for Computer and
Information Science and Engineering of the National Science Foundation
(NSF) plan to support projects of mutual interest in specific areas. More
precisely, we plan to support research and development teams focusing on
mathematical and computational innovations relevant to the following areas
of specific interest:
* Mathematical and statistical models, computational theory and
algorithms for high-dimensional, under-sampled data sets
* Algorithms for scalable scientific computation
* Models and algorithms for graphics and visualization
As this joint funding will focus on areas of mutual interest, proposals
must originate from teams involving collaborators of mathematical
scientists and computer scientists. We seek proposals that offer new
approaches and promise significant breakthroughs in these areas that aim to
develop rigorous mathematical and computational foundations to advance our
understanding in both the mathematical sciences and computer science. Thus,
proposals for incremental improvements of ongoing efforts are not eligible
for this competition. Furthermore, proposals that appear to be requests to
augment existing resources for current projects are not eligible for this
competition.
1.2 MSPA-MCS Full Proposal Deadline:
March 1, 2006
Proposals submitted to this competition should identify this program
solicitation number in the program announcement/solicitation block on the
proposal cover sheet. The NSF organizational unit to which proposals should
be directed is DMS - Mathematical Sciences Priority Area. Proposal title
should begin with the phrase MSPA-MCS: followed by a project title.
1.3 MSPA-MCS Eligibility Information
Organization Limit: None
PI Eligibility Limit: No individual may be PI, or CO-PI, or senior
personnel of more than one proposal submitted in response to this category
of this solicitation.
1.4 MSPA-MCS Cognizant Program Officers:
Investigators who wish further information should contact one of the
following:
Tie Luo, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical
Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, telephone: (703) 292-8448,
email: tluo@nsf.gov
Haesun Park, Program Director, Directorate for Computer and Information
Science and Engineering, Division of Computing and Communication
Foundations, telephone: (703) 292-8910, email: hpark@nsf.gov
Lawrence Rosenblum, Program Director, Directorate for Computer and
Information Science and Engineering, Division of Computing and
Communication Foundations, telephone: (703) 292-8910, email:
lrosenbl@nsf.gov
Robert Serfling, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical and
Physical Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, telephone: (703)
292-4884, email: rserflin@nsf.gov
Junping Wang, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical
Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, telephone: (703) 292-4488,
email: jwang@nsf.gov
1.5 MSPA-MCS Award Information:
Anticipated Type of Award: Standard grants
Estimated Number of Awards: 5 to 10 Team Grants.
Anticipated Funding Amount: $4.5 million, subject to availability of funds.
Award sizes for each team project are expected to range from $150,000 -
$200,000 per year for up to three years duration.
2. Interactions between the Mathematical Sciences and Engineering
(MSPA-ENG)
2.1 MSPA-ENG Description:
As part of the NSF-wide Mathematical Sciences Priority Area (MSPA), the
Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) and the Directorate for Engineering
(ENG) anticipate funding projects of mutual interest. The research
envisioned in this program will seek to build new mathematical and
statistical methods and structures within the context of meaningful
engineering applications. Appropriate for inclusion under this program are
proposals that address the broad topical areas of large data sets (e.g.,
inference, learning and real-time dynamic optimization), modeling and
handling uncertainty (e.g., decision-making under uncertainty) and
enhancing the understanding and management of complex systems (e.g.,
modeling, control and optimization of systems involving multiple scales in
time and space). Proposed projects should be innovative and strive for
breakthroughs rather than incremental improvement, and should be of
compelling independent interest within both the engineering and
mathematical and statistical sciences communities. Proposals should focus
on developing, extending and analyzing general-purpose mathematical and
statistical methods. Efforts at a greater unification of methods,
approaches and principles are welcome.
Proposals should be submitted to the relevant organizational units (that
is, disciplinary programs) within ENG or DMS in accordance with the
deadline or target date or submission window of that program. Proposals
should briefly self-identify with clear language in the Project Summary
that they are appropriate for cooperative consideration between the
pertinent division in ENG and DMS. The program chosen for submission should
be the most natural home to the science of the project. Proposals can be
submitted to both the ENG and DMS programs, where the first named program
will serve as the home division.
Proposals will be reviewed by the normal processes for these units
including joint cross-disciplinary reviews whenever possible and as
appropriate. Interdisciplinary teams of engineers and mathematical
scientists are particularly desirable for this activity. The most
competitive proposal will be those that are of interest to both the
mathematical sciences and at least one of the engineering programs.
Six divisions within the Directorate for Engineering
(http://www.eng.nsf.gov), along with DMS, will participate in the MSPA in
FY 2006. To locate appropriate disciplinary programs and their due dates,
investigators are directed to the following web sites.
http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=BES Division of Bioengineering and
Environmental Systems (BES)
http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=CMS Division of Civil and Mechanical
Systems (CMS)
http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=CTS Division of Chemical and Transport
Systems (CTS)
http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=DMI Division of Design and
Manufacturing Innovation (DMI)
http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=ECS Division of Electrical and
Communication Systems (ECS)
http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=EEC Division of Engineering Education
and Centers (EEC)
http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=DMS Division of Mathematical Sciences
(DMS)
2.2 MSPA-ENG Proposal Due Dates:
Proposals in response to this solicitation should be submitted in
accordance with the due dates of the relevant disciplinary program that is
designated as the lead program. However, unsolicited proposals and
proposals not in response to this solicitation that are submitted to the
disciplinary programs of the pertinent divisions (listed above) and address
the research topics of interest to this program (see 2.1 above for
description) will be included for funding consideration under this program.
2.3 MSPA-ENG Cognizant Program Officers:
For additional information, individuals are encouraged to contact these
resource persons associated with the various divisions.
Radhakishan Baheti, Program Director, Directorate for Engineering, Division
of Electrical and Communications Systems, telephone: 703-292-8339, e-mail:
rbaheti@nsf.gov
Frederick Heineken, Program Director, Directorate for Engineering, Division
of Bioengineering and Environmental Systems, telephone: 703-292-8320,
e-mail: fheineke@nsf.gov
Wen Masters, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical
Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, telephone: 703-292-4871,
e-mail: wmasters@nsf.gov
Stephen Nash, Program Director, Directorate for Engineering, Division of
Design and Manufacturing Innovation, telephone: 703-292-8330, e-mail:
snash@nsf.gov
Robert Norwood, Program Director, Directorate for Engineering, Division of
Engineering Education and Centers, telephone: 703-292-7079, e-mail:
rnorwood@nsf.gov
Michael Plesniak, Program Director, Directorate for Engineering, Division
of Chemical and Transport Systems, telephone: 703-292-4418, e-mail:
mplesnia@nsf.gov
Mario Rotea, Program Director, Directorate for Engineering, Division of
Civil and Mechanical Systems, telephone: 703-292-7012, e-mail:
mrotea@nsf.gov
2.4 MSPA-ENG Award Information
Anticipated Type of Award: Standard or Continuing Grant or Supplement
Estimated Number of Awards: Approximately 25 awards
Anticipated Funding Amount: $5.8 million subject to availability of funds.
3. Interactions between the Mathematical Sciences and the Physical Sciences
(MSPA-MPS)
3.1 MSPA-MPS Description:
As part of the NSF-wide Mathematical Sciences Priority Area, the
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences anticipates funding
projects of interest to both the mathematical sciences and the physical
sciences divisions (astronomy, chemistry, materials research, and physics).
Proposals appropriate to this program are those that address at least one
of the following broad interdisciplinary topic areas: (1) mathematical and
statistical challenges posed by large data sets, (2) managing and modeling
uncertainty, and (3) modeling complex nonlinear systems. Proposed projects
should be innovative and strive for breakthroughs rather than incremental
improvement, and should be of compelling independent interest within both
the physical sciences and mathematical and statistical sciences
communities. Requests for supplementary funding that will significantly
enhance existing projects in these areas and for workshops will also be
considered.
Proposals should be submitted to the relevant organizational units (that
is, disciplinary programs) within one of the five MPS divisions (listed
below) and must follow the deadline or target date of that program.
Proposals must briefly self-identify with clear language in the Project
Summary that they are appropriate for cooperative consideration between DMS
and one or more of the other four divisions of MPS. The program chosen for
submission should be the most natural home to the science of the project.
Proposals can be submitted to both the DMS and other MPS programs, where
the first named program will serve as the home division.
Proposals will be reviewed by the normal processes (mail and/or panel
review) for these units except that joint cross-disciplinary reviews will
be included whenever possible. The most competitive proposals will be those
that are of interest to both the mathematical sciences and at least one of
the physical sciences. The five divisions within the Directorate for
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
(http://www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=MPS ) will participate in the MSPA in
FY 2006. To locate appropriate disciplinary programs and target
date/proposal submission window information, investigators are directed to
the following web sites:
http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=AST Division of Astronomical Sciences
http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=CHE Division of Chemistry
http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=DMR Division of Materials Research
http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=DMS Division of Mathematical Sciences
http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=PHY Division of Physics
3.2 MSPA-MPS Proposal Due Dates:
Proposals in response to this solicitation should be submitted by the
deadlines specified in the Due Dates section of this solicitation and
designate an appropriate disciplinary program as the lead program. However,
unsolicited proposals and proposals not in response to this solicitation
that are submitted to the disciplinary programs of the pertinent divisions
(listed above) and address the research topics of interest to this program
(see 3.1 above for description) will be included for funding consideration
under this program.
3.3 MSPA-MPS Cognizant Program Officers:
For additional information, individuals are encouraged to contact these
resource persons associated with the various divisions.
Daryl Hess, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical
Sciences, Division of Materials Research, Room 1065, telephone:
703-292-4942, e-mail: dhess@nsf.gov
Raima Larter, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical
Sciences, Division of Chemistry, Room 1055, telephone: 703-292-5344,
e-mail: rlarter@nsf.gov
Earle Lomon, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical
Sciences, Division of Physics, Room 1015, telephone: 703-292-7382, e-mail:
elomon@nsf.gov
Tie Luo, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical
Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, telephone: 703-292-8448,
e-mail: tluo@nsf.gov
Wen Masters, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical
Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, telephone: 703-292-4871,
e-mail: wmasters@nsf.gov
Nigel Sharp, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical
Sciences, Division of Astronomical Sciences, Room 1030, telephone:
703-292-4905, e-mail: nsharp@nsf.gov
3.4 MSPA-MPS Award Information
Anticipated Type of Award: Standard or Continuing Grant or Supplement
Estimated Number of Awards: Approximately 25-35 awards.
Anticipated Funding Amount: $5.1 million subject to availability of funds.
III. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
The categories of proposers identified in the Grant Proposal Guide are
eligible to submit proposals under this program solicitation. In addition,
the following apply:
Organization Limit: None specified.
PI Eligibility Limit: This solicitation covers three categories of
activities. Please see Section II of this solicitation for further
information on each of the three categories.
Limit on Number of Proposals: None specified.
IV. AWARD INFORMATION
Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration
are subject to the availability of funds.
This solicitation covers three categories of activities. Please see Section
II for further award information on each of the three categories.
V. PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
A. Proposal Preparation Instructions
Full Proposal Instructions:
Proposals submitted in response to this program announcement/solicitation
should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the general guidelines
contained in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). The complete text of the
GPG is available electronically on the NSF Website at:
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg. Paper copies of
the GPG may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone
(703) 292-7827 or by e-mail from pubs@nsf.gov.
Proposals being submitted in response to this specific solicitation must
follow the GPG Guidelines and the instructions as to proposal format and
other requirements stated in the solicitation. In addition, please note and
follow any specific instructions with respect to the relevant
organizational unit to which a proposal must be submitted and the format
for proposal titles, as well as other items described in the full text of
this solicitation that supplement the GPG Guidelines.
Proposers are reminded to identify the program announcement/solicitation
number (05-622) in the program announcement/solicitation block on the
proposal Cover Sheet. Compliance with this requirement is critical to
determining the relevant proposal processing guidelines. Failure to submit
this information may delay processing.
B. Budgetary Information
Cost Sharing:
Cost sharing is not required by NSF in proposals submitted under this
Program Solicitation.
C. Due Dates
Proposals submitted in response to this announcement/solicitation will be
accepted at any time.
Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):
December 20, 2005
For Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Physical
Sciences (MSPA-MPS), pertaining to interactions with Astronomy
December 20, 2005
For Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Physical
Sciences (MSPA-MPS), pertaining to interactions with Materials
Research
January 13, 2006
For Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Physical
Sciences (MSPA-MPS), pertaining to interactions with Chemistry
March 01, 2006
For Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Computer
Science (MSPA-MCS)
Full Proposal Deadline(s) :
No fixed deadline
For Interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Engineering
(MSPA-ENG). Most due dates fall between October 1, 2005 and March
1, 2006, see full text of the solicitation for specifics.
D. FastLane Requirements
Proposers are required to prepare and submit all proposals for this
announcement/solicitation through the FastLane system. Detailed
instructions for proposal preparation and submission via FastLane are
available at: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/a1/newstan.htm. For FastLane
user support, call the FastLane Help Desk at 1-800-673-6188 or e-mail
fastlane@nsf.gov. The FastLane Help Desk answers general technical
questions related to the use of the FastLane system. Specific questions
related to this program announcement/solicitation should be referred to the
NSF program staff contact(s) listed in Section VIII of this
announcement/solicitation.
Submission of Electronically Signed Cover Sheets. The Authorized
Organizational Representative (AOR) must electronically sign the proposal
Cover Sheet to submit the required proposal certifications (see Chapter II,
Section C of the Grant Proposal Guide for a listing of the certifications).
The AOR must provide the required electronic certifications within five
working days following the electronic submission of the proposal. Proposers
are no longer required to provide a paper copy of the signed Proposal Cover
Sheet to NSF. Further instructions regarding this process are available on
the FastLane Website at: http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov
VI. PROPOSAL REVIEW INFORMATION
A. NSF Proposal Review Process
Reviews of proposals submitted to NSF are solicited from peers with
expertise in the substantive area of the proposed research or education
project. These reviewers are selected by Program Officers charged with the
oversight of the review process. NSF invites the proposer to suggest, at
the time of submission, the names of appropriate or inappropriate
reviewers. Care is taken to ensure that reviewers have no conflicts with
the proposer. Special efforts are made to recruit reviewers from
non-academic institutions, minority-serving institutions, or adjacent
disciplines to that principally addressed in the proposal.
The National Science Board approved revised criteria for evaluating
proposals at its meeting on March 28, 1997 (NSB 97-72). All NSF proposals
are evaluated through use of the two merit review criteria. In some
instances, however, NSF will employ additional criteria as required to
highlight the specific objectives of certain programs and activities.
On July 8, 2002, the NSF Director issued Important Notice 127,
Implementation of new Grant Proposal Guide Requirements Related to the
Broader Impacts Criterion. This Important Notice reinforces the importance
of addressing both criteria in the preparation and review of all proposals
submitted to NSF. NSF continues to strengthen its internal processes to
ensure that both of the merit review criteria are addressed when making
funding decisions.
In an effort to increase compliance with these requirements, the January
2002 issuance of the GPG incorporated revised proposal preparation
guidelines relating to the development of the Project Summary and Project
Description. Chapter II of the GPG specifies that Principal Investigators
(PIs) must address both merit review criteria in separate statements within
the one-page Project Summary. This chapter also reiterates that broader
impacts resulting from the proposed project must be addressed in the
Project Description and described as an integral part of the narrative.
Effective October 1, 2002, NSF will return without review proposals that do
not separately address both merit review criteria within the Project
Summary. It is believed that these changes to NSF proposal preparation and
processing guidelines will more clearly articulate the importance of
broader impacts to NSF-funded projects.
The two National Science Board approved merit review criteria are listed
below (see the Grant Proposal Guide Chapter III.A for further information).
The criteria include considerations that help define them. These
considerations are suggestions and not all will apply to any given
proposal. While proposers must address both merit review criteria,
reviewers will be asked to address only those considerations that are
relevant to the proposal being considered and for which he/she is qualified
to make judgments.
What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?
How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and
understanding within its own field or across different fields? How
well qualified is the proposer (individual or team) to conduct the
project? (If appropriate, the reviewer will comment on the quality of
the prior work.) To what extent does the proposed activity suggest and
explore creative and original concepts? How well conceived and
organized is the proposed activity? Is there sufficient access to
resources?
What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?
How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding while
promoting teaching, training, and learning? How well does the proposed
activity broaden the participation of underrepresented groups (e.g.,
gender, ethnicity, disability, geographic, etc.)? To what extent will
it enhance the infrastructure for research and education, such as
facilities, instrumentation, networks, and partnerships? Will the
results be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific and
technological understanding? What may be the benefits of the proposed
activity to society?
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.
B. Review Protocol and Associated Customer Service Standard
All proposals are carefully reviewed by at least three other persons
outside NSF who are experts in the particular field represented by the
proposal. Proposals submitted in response to this announcement/solicitation
will be reviewed by Ad Hoc and/or panel review.
Reviewers will be asked to formulate a recommendation to either support or
decline each proposal. The Program Officer assigned to manage the
proposal's review will consider the advice of reviewers and will formulate
a recommendation.
A summary rating and accompanying narrative will be completed and submitted
by each reviewer. In all cases, reviews are treated as confidential
documents. Verbatim copies of reviews, excluding the names of the
reviewers, are sent to the Principal Investigator/Project Director by the
Program Director. In addition, the proposer will receive an explanation of
the decision to award or decline funding.
NSF is striving to be able to tell proposers whether their proposals have
been declined or recommended for funding within six months. The time
interval begins on the closing date of an announcement/solicitation, or the
date of proposal receipt, whichever is later. The interval ends when the
Division Director accepts the Program Officer's recommendation.
In all cases, after programmatic approval has been obtained, the proposals
recommended for funding will be forwarded to the Division of Grants and
Agreements for review of business, financial, and policy implications and
the processing and issuance of a grant or other agreement. Proposers are
cautioned that only a Grants and Agreements Officer may make commitments,
obligations or awards on behalf of NSF or authorize the expenditure of
funds. No commitment on the part of NSF should be inferred from technical
or budgetary discussions with a NSF Program Officer. A Principal
Investigator or organization that makes financial or personnel commitments
in the absence of a grant or cooperative agreement signed by the NSF Grants
and Agreements Officer does so at their own risk.
VII. AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION
A. Notification of the Award
Notification of the award is made to the submitting organization by a
Grants Officer in the Division of Grants and Agreements. Organizations
whose proposals are declined will be advised as promptly as possible by the
cognizant NSF Program Division administering the program. Verbatim copies
of reviews, not including the identity of the reviewer, will be provided
automatically to the Principal Investigator. (See section VI.A. for
additional information on the review process.)
B. Award Conditions
An NSF award consists of: (1) the award letter, which includes any special
provisions applicable to the award and any numbered amendments thereto; (2)
the budget, which indicates the amounts, by categories of expense, on which
NSF has based its support (or otherwise communicates any specific approvals
or disapprovals of proposed expenditures); (3) the proposal referenced in
the award letter; (4) the applicable award conditions, such as Grant
General Conditions (NSF-GC-1); * or Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP)
Terms and Conditions * and (5) any announcement or other NSF issuance that
may be incorporated by reference in the award letter. Cooperative agreement
awards are administered in accordance with NSF Cooperative Agreement
Financial and Administrative Terms and Conditions (CA-FATC). Electronic
mail notification is the preferred way to transmit NSF awards to
organizations that have electronic mail capabilities and have requested
such notification from the Division of Grants and Agreements.
*These documents may be accessed electronically on NSF's Website at
http://www.nsf.gov/awards/managing/. Paper copies of these documents may be
obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (703) 292-7827
or by e-mail from pubs@nsf.gov.
More comprehensive information on NSF Award Conditions is contained in the
NSF Grant Policy Manual (GPM) Chapter II, available electronically on the
NSF Website at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpm.
The GPM is also for sale through the Superintendent of Documents,
Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, DC 20402. The telephone
number at GPO for subscription information is (202) 512-1800. The GPM may
be ordered through the GPO Website at http://www.gpo.gov.
C. Reporting Requirements
For all multi-year grants (including both standard and continuing grants),
the PI must submit an annual project report to the cognizant Program
Officer at least 90 days before the end of the current budget period.
Within 90 days after the expiration of an award, the PI also is required to
submit a final project report. Failure to provide final technical reports
delays NSF review and processing of pending proposals for the PI and all
Co-PIs. PIs should examine the formats of the required reports in advance
to assure availability of required data.
PIs are required to use NSF's electronic project reporting system,
available through FastLane, for preparation and submission of annual and
final project reports. This system permits electronic submission and
updating of project reports, including information on project participants
(individual and organizational), activities and findings, publications, and
other specific products and contributions. PIs will not be required to
re-enter information previously provided, either with a proposal or in
earlier updates using the electronic system.
VIII. CONTACTS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
General inquiries regarding this program should be made to:
This solicitation covers three categories of activities. Please see Section
II of this solicitation for contact information on each of the three
categories .
For questions related to the use of FastLane, contact:
* Florence Rabanal, Electronic Business Coordinator, Directorate for
Mathematical & Physical Sciences, 1005 N, telephone: (703) 292-8808,
fax: (703) 292-9151, email: frabanal@nsf.gov
IX. OTHER PROGRAMS OF INTEREST
The NSF Guide to Programs is a compilation of funding for research and
education in science, mathematics, and engineering. The NSF Guide to
Programs is available electronically at
http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?gp. General descriptions of NSF programs,
research areas, and eligibility information for proposal submission are
provided in each chapter.
Many NSF programs offer announcements or solicitations concerning specific
proposal requirements. To obtain additional information about these
requirements, contact the appropriate NSF program offices. Any changes in
NSF's fiscal year programs occurring after press time for the Guide to
Programs will be announced in the NSF E-Bulletin, which is updated daily on
the NSF Website at http://www.nsf.gov/home/ebulletin, and in individual
program announcements/solicitations. Subscribers can also sign up for NSF's
MyNSF News Service (http://www.nsf.gov/mynsf/) to be notified of new
funding opportunities that become available.
Existing competitions with separate solicitations as part of the
Mathematical Sciences Priority Area include the following:
* Collaborations in the Mathematical Geosciences (CMG), see
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05535
* Joint DMS/BIO/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research in the Area of
Mathematical Biology, see
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf04572
* Focused Research Groups in the Mathematical Sciences, (FRG), see
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf02129
* Enhancing the Mathematical Sciences Workforce in the 21st Century
(EMSW21), see
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05595
* Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biological and
Mathematical Sciences (UBM), see
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf04546
* Mathematical Social and Behavioral Sciences (MSBS), see
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05542
ABOUT THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds research and education in most
fields of science and engineering. Awardees are wholly responsible for
conducting their project activities and preparing the results for
publication. Thus, the Foundation does not assume responsibility for such
findings or their interpretation.
NSF welcomes proposals from all qualified scientists, engineers and
educators. The Foundation strongly encourages women, minorities and persons
with disabilities to compete 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.
Facilitation Awards for Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities (FASED)
provide funding for special assistance or equipment to enable persons with
disabilities (investigators and other staff, including student research
assistants) to work on NSF-supported projects. See the GPG Chapter II,
Section D.2 for instructions regarding preparation of these types of
proposals.
The National Science Foundation promotes and advances scientific
progress in the United States by competitively awarding grants and
cooperative agreements for research and education in the sciences,
mathematics, and engineering.
To get the latest information about program deadlines, to download
copies of NSF publications, and to access abstracts of awards, visit the
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PRIVACY ACT AND PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENTS
The information requested on proposal forms and project reports is
solicited under the authority of the National Science Foundation Act of
1950, as amended. The information on proposal forms will be used in
connection with the selection of qualified proposals; project reports
submitted by awardees will be used for program evaluation and reporting
within the Executive Branch and to Congress. The information requested may
be disclosed to qualified reviewers and staff assistants as part of the
proposal review process; to applicant institutions/grantees to provide or
obtain data regarding the proposal review process, award decisions, or the
administration of awards; to government contractors, experts, volunteers
and researchers and educators as necessary to complete assigned work; to
other government agencies needing information as part of the review process
or in order to coordinate programs; and to another Federal agency, court or
party in a court or Federal administrative proceeding if the government is
a party. Information about Principal Investigators may be added to the
Reviewer file and used to select potential candidates to serve as peer
reviewers or advisory committee members. See Systems of Records, NSF-50,
"Principal Investigator/Proposal File and Associated Records," 63 Federal
Register 267 (January 5, 1998), and NSF-51, "Reviewer/Proposal File and
Associated Records," 63 Federal Register 268 (January 5, 1998). Submission
of the information is voluntary. Failure to provide full and complete
information, however, may reduce the possibility of receiving an award.
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