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Title: Mathematical Sciences: Innovations at the Interface with the Sciences and
Engineering
Date: 01/06/04
Mathematical Sciences: Innovations at the Interface with the Sciences and
Engineering
Program Solicitation
NSF 04-538
[NSF Logo] National Science Foundation
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Division of Mathematical Sciences
Directorate for Biological Sciences
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and
Engineering
Directorate for Education and Human Resources
Directorate for Engineering
Directorate for Geosciences
Office of Polar Programs
Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
Due Dates:
October 01, 2003 - April 07, 2004
Deadlines, target dates and submission windows in FY 2004 vary by
competition category. See full text of this solicitation for
detailed information.
SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
General Information
Program Title:
Mathematical Sciences: Innovations at the Interface with the
Sciences and Engineering
Synopsis of Program:
This solicitation describes many of the opportunities available
for support through the Foundation’s Mathematical Sciences
Priority Area (MSPA). Investments in the Mathematical Sciences
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. Initial 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. In
FY2004, a set of focused competitions will be supported; these
are described or referenced in this solicitation.
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):
* 47.074 --- Biological Sciences
* 47.070 --- Computer and Information Science and Engineering
* 47.076 --- Education and Human Resources
* 47.041 --- Engineering
* 47.050 --- Geosciences
* 47.049 --- Mathematical and Physical Sciences
* 47.078 --- Office of Polar Programs
* 47.075 --- Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
Eligibility Information
* Organization Limit: None Specified.
* PI Eligibility Limit:
Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.
* Limit on Number of Proposals: Please see the full text of this
solicitation for further information.
Award Information
* Anticipated Type of Award: Standard or Continuing Grant
* Estimated Number of Awards: 70 to 80
* Anticipated Funding Amount: $18,660,000 This figure is the total
amount, subject to availability of funds in FY 2004, for categories 1
and 2 in this solicitation; it does not include funding for categories
3 and 4 - see 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.
* Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations: Not Applicable.
* Other Budgetary Limitations: Not Applicable.
C. Due Dates
* Due Dates:
October 01, 2003 - April 07, 2004
Deadlines, target dates and submission windows in FY 2004
vary by competition category. See full text of this
solicitation for detailed information.
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 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. Initial 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.
This solicitation describes many of the opportunities available as part of
the MSPA for addressing some of the issues listed above. In FY2004, a set
of focused competitions will be held; these are described or referenced in
this solicitation. In future years, it is expected that some of these
competitions will be broadened in scope.
Investigators wishing to submit proposals to one of these activities are
encouraged to contact one of the cognizant program officers listed.
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 both new and existing competitions that are
part of the Mathematical Sciences Priority Area.
1. New activities with specific deadline dates include:
(a) New Mathematical and Statistical Tools for Understanding
Complex Systems in the Environment
(b) Interactions Between the Mathematical Sciences and Computer
Science
2. Activities covered by existing target dates or deadlines previously
announced for FY 2004 include the following. Proposals already submitted
that meet the guidelines for these activities may be considered for funding
(see the descriptions below and Section IV for further details):
(a) Interactions Between the Mathematical Sciences and
Engineering
(b) Interactions Between the Mathematical Sciences and the
Physical Sciences
3. Existing activities, covered by separate solicitations and summarized in
this document for information purposes, include the following:
(a) Collaborations in the Mathematical Geosciences (CMG)
(b) Joint DMS/BIO/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research in the
Area of Mathematical Biology
(c) Focused Research Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (FRG)
(d) Enhancing the Mathematical Sciences Workforce in the 21st
Century (EMSW21)
The existing activities are fully described in separate solicitations. URLs
for these solicitations are provided at the end of each summary description
of the activity (see below).
4. Over the next few months, it is expected that competitions involving (a)
undergraduate research activities on the interface between the mathematical
sciences and biology and (b) interactions between the mathematical sciences
and the social, behavioral, and economic sciences will be announced.
Preliminary information about (a) is provided later in this document.
1.(a) NEW MATHEMATICAL AND STATISTICAL TOOLS FOR UNDERSTANDING COMPLEX
SYSTEMS IN THE ENVIRONMENT
The National Science Foundation announces a competition focusing on new
mathematical and statistical ideas and tools for understanding and modeling
complex systems in the environment. New instrumentation, data handling, and
methodological capabilities have expanded the horizons of what scientists
can study and understand about the biotic and abiotic components of the
environment. These advances create the demand for collaborative teams that
go beyond current disciplinary research and educational frameworks. This
new competition is aimed at developing the mathematical and statistical
tools and approaches essential for the creative advancement of research in
the science of complex systems. Research into complex systems is needed to
understand how to integrate spatial and temporal scales of organization,
drawing from different disciplines and facilitating the synergy that
results from partnerships between mathematical scientists and other
scientists. The synthesis of knowledge about the environment depends on the
development of robust theoretical and empirical understanding of complex
systems, including the capacity for self-organization, resilience, and
adaptation. Integrated models of complex systems in the environment require
the integration of measurements, initial assumptions, uncertainty of
events, and model performance. Understanding complex human and natural
systems requires the development of sophisticated interdisciplinary models
- conceptual, mathematical, statistical, and computational - that can
represent the nonlinearities encountered in these systems and provide a
deeper understanding of the resulting behavior.
Proposals should address questions involving the fundamentals of complex
systems at the interface between the mathematical sciences and the sciences
related to the biotic and abiotic environment. We seek proposals that offer
new mathematical and statistical approaches to the study of complex systems
that are characteristic of those encountered in environmental
science areas. Of particular interest are proposals that offer the
possibility of new insights into the dynamical consequences of nonlinearity
and high dimensionality. The most competitive proposals are likely to
involve an investigator or teams of investigators with strengths in both
the mathematical sciences and the applications areas. Proposals for
incremental improvements of ongoing efforts will not be competitive in this
competition. Proposals submitted to this competition must include an
explanation, not to exceed one page, of how the project will lead to new
mathematical or statistical approaches to, or insights about, the
fundamentals of complex systems that exhibit some of the challenging
aspects of complexity relevant to systems in the environment. It should
also explain how the project shows promise of significant breakthroughs and
represents substantial intellectual differences from ongoing work. This
should be included within the Project Description. The Project Description
should not exceed fifteen pages in length.
Some of the scientific issues in these applications that may be addressed
by new mathematical or statistical tools are discussed in a recent report
that provides an overview of complex systems in the environment. It may be
accessed at:
http://www.nsf.gov/geo/ere/ereweb/acere_synthesis_rpt.cfm
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 must be either DMS-Applied Mathematics or DMS-Statistics and
the title of the project should have the form: MSPA-CSE: proposal title
1(a).1 ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:
* Organizational Limit: None
* PI Eligibility Limit: No individual above the rank of post-doctoral
researcher, or equivalent, may be part of more than one proposal
submitted in response to this category of this solicitation.
* Limit on Number of Proposals: No individual above the rank of
post-doctoral researcher, or equivalent, may be part of more than one
proposal submitted in response to this category of this solicitation.
* Scientific Eligibility: Proposals submitted to this competition must
include an explanation, not to exceed one page, in the 15 page project
description, stating why the submission meets these eligibility standards
for new approaches, promise of significant breakthroughs, and substantial
intellectual differences from ongoing work.
1.(a).2 COGNIZANT PROGRAM OFFICERS:
For additional information, individuals are encouraged to contact these
resource persons associated with the participating NSF units:
* Xuming He, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical
Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, telephone: 703-292-4876,
e-mail: xhe@nsf.gov
* Stephen Meacham, Program Director, Directorate for Geosciences,
telephone: 703-292-8527, e-mail: smeacham@nsf.gov
* James Morris, Program Director, Directorate for Biological Sciences,
telephone: 703-292-8481, e-mail: jmorris@nsf.gov
* Carolyn Ruppel, Program Director, Directorate for Geosciences, telephone:
703-292-8581, e-mail: cruppel@nsf.gov
* Thomas Russell, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical and
Physical Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, telephone:
703-292-4863, e-mail: trussell@nsf.gov
* Samuel Scheiner, Program Director, Directorate for Biological Sciences,
telephone: 703-292-8481, e-mail: sscheine@nsf.gov
* Nicholas Clesceri, Program Director, Directorate for Engineering,
telephone: 703-292-7940, e-mail: nclescer@nsf.gov
* Cheryl Eavey, Program Director, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and
Economic Sciences, telephone: 703-292-7269, e-mail: ceavey@nsf.gov
* William Wiseman, Program Director, Office of Polar Programs, telephone:
703-292-4750, e-mail: wwiseman@nsf.gov
1.(a).3 FULL PROPOSAL DEADLINE: April 7, 2004 for FY 2004; November 15,
2004 for FY 2005
1.(a).4 AWARD INFORMATION
* Anticipated Type of Award: Standard or Continuing Grant
* Estimated Number of Awards: Approximately 10 awards, of up to 4 years
duration and up to $800,000 per award.
* Anticipated Funding Amount: Approximately $3.78 million in FY 2004,
subject to availability of funds.
1.(b) INTERACTIONS BETWEEN THE MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES AND COMPUTER SCIENCE
In FY 2004, 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:
* Algebraic and Geometric Algorithms
* Algorithms for Scalable Scientific Computation
* Algorithms for Visualization
* Statistical Learning Algorithms
As this joint funding will focus on areas of mutual interest, proposals
must originate from teams involving collaborations of mathematical
scientists and computer scientists. We seek proposals that offer new
approaches and promise significant breakthroughs in these areas. 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. Proposals submitted to this competition must include an
explanation, not to exceed one page, in the 15 page project description,
stating why the submission meets these eligibility standards of new
approaches, promise of significant breakthroughs, and substantial
intellectual differences from on-going work.
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-Infrastructure and the title of the project should have
the form: MSPA-MCS: proposal title.
1.(b).1 ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
* Organization Limit: None
* PI Eligibility Limit: No individual may be part of more than one proposal
submitted in response to this category of this solicitation.
* Limit on Number of Proposals: No individual may be part of more than one
proposal submitted in response to this category of this solicitation.
Scientific Eligibility: Proposals submitted to this competition must
include an explanation, not to exceed one page, in the 15 page project
description, stating why the submission meets these eligibility standards
of new approaches, promise of significant breakthroughs, and substantial
intellectual differences from on-going work.
Prospective PIs who wish further information should contact one of the
following:
1.(b).2 COGNIZANT PROGRAM OFFICERS:
* S. Kamal Abdali, Directorate for Computer and Information Science and
Engineering, Division Director, Division of Computing and Communication
Foundations, telephone: (703) 292-8910, email: kabdali@nsf.gov
* Sankar Basu, Program Director, Directorate for Computer and Information
Science and Engineering, Division of Computing and Communication
Foundations, telephone: (703) 292-8910, email: sabasu@nsf.gov
* Roger Berger, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical
Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, telephone: (703) 292-4884,
email: rberger@nsf.gov
* Benjamin Mann, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical and
Physical Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, telephone: (703)
292-4867, email: bmann@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
* Michael H. Steuerwalt, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical and
Physical Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, telephone: (703)
292-4860, email: msteuerw@nsf.gov
1.(b).3 FULL PROPOSAL DEADLINE: April 7, 2004 for FY 2004; March 1, 2005
for FY 2005
1.(b).4 AWARD INFORMATION:
* Anticipated Type of Award: Standard or Continuing Grant
* Estimated Number of Awards: 6 to 10 Team Grants.
* Anticipated Funding Amount: $3.46 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.(a) INTERACTIONS BETWEEN THE MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING
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 in stochastic environments) 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 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.
In FY 2004, proposals that were submitted to the relevant organizational
units (that is, disciplinary programs) within ENG or DMS will be reviewed
by the normal processes for these units including joint cross-disciplinary
reviews whenever possible and as appropriate. For future reference, most of
the deadlines and target dates within ENG and DMS fall between October 1
and March 1 annually. 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.
For information purposes, in FY 2004, for unsolicited proposals mentioned
above, NSF plans to recommend up to 25 awards, for a total of $5.82
million, subject to availability of funds.
Five divisions within the Directorate for Engineering
(http://nsf.gov/home/eng/), along with DMS, will participate in the MSPA in
FY 2004. To locate appropriate disciplinary programs, investigators are
directed to the following web sites.
http://www.eng.nsf.gov/bes/ Division of Bioengineering and
Environmental Systems (BES)
http://www.eng.nsf.gov/cms/ Division of Civil and Mechanical Systems
(CMS)
http://www.eng.nsf.gov/cts/ Division of Chemical and Transport
Systems (CTS)
http://www.eng.nsf.gov/dmii/ Division of Design, Manufacturing and
Industrial Innovation (DMII)
http://www.eng.nsf.gov/ecs/ Division of Electrical and Communication
Systems (ECS)
http://nsf.gov/mps/divisions/dms/ Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS)
COGNIZANT PROGRAM OFFICERS:
For additional information, individuals are encouraged to contact these
resource persons associated with the various divisions.
Contacts in the Directorate for Engineering:
* 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
* T.J. (Lakis) Mountziaris, Program Director, Directorate for Engineering,
Division of Chemical and Transport Systems, telephone: 703-292-8371,
e-mail: tmountzi@nsf.gov
* Suvrajeet Sen, Program Director, Directorate for Engineering, Division of
Design, Manufacture, and Industrial Innovation, telephone: 703-292-7081,
e-mail: ssen@nsf.gov
* Masayoshi Tomizuka, Program Director, Directorate for Engineering,
Division of Civil and Mechanical Systems, telephone: 703-292-7012, e-mail:
mtomizuk@nsf.gov
Contacts in the Division of Mathematical Sciences:
* Leland Jameson, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical and
Physical Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, telephone:
703-292-4883, e-mail: ljameson@nsf.gov
* J. Kenneth Shaw, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical and
Physical Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, telephone:
703-292-4859, e-mail: kshaw@nsf.gov
* Michael Steuerwalt (BES proposals only), Program Director, Directorate
for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences,
telephone: 703-292-4860, e-mail: msteuerw@nsf.gov
2.(b) INTERACTIONS BETWEEN THE MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES AND THE PHYSICAL
SCIENCES
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. 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 (see below)
and 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/mps/ ) will participate in the MSPA
in FY 2004. To locate appropriate disciplinary programs and target
date/proposal submission window information, investigators are directed to
the following web sites:
http://www.nsf.gov/mps/divisions/ast/ Division of Astronomical Sciences
http://www.nsf.gov/mps/divisions/che/ Division of Chemistry
http://www.nsf.gov/mps/divisions/dmr/ Division of Materials Research
http://www.nsf.gov/mps/divisions/dms/ Division of Mathematical Sciences
http://www.nsf.gov/mps/divisions/phy/ Division of Physics
2.(b).1 ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:
The proposals being considered in FY 2004 for these funds will be those
unsolicited proposals that were submitted in accordance with the
programmatic target dates or proposal submission windows with the following
exception(s). Proposals addressing this activity submitted to the Division
of Astronomical Sciences for FY 2004 are due no later than April 7, 2004;
in future years the regular AST deadline of November 15th will apply. This
also applies to proposals submitted to the Division of Mathematical
Sciences that address applications in astronomy.
2.(b).2 COGNIZANT PROGRAM OFFICERS:
For additional information, individuals are encouraged to contact these
resource persons associated with the various divisions.
Contacts in the Divisions of Astronomical Sciences, Chemistry, Materials
Research, and Physics:
* 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
* Earle Lomon Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical
Sciences, Division of Physics, Room 1015, telephone: 703-292-7382, e-mail:
elomon@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
* Alfons Weber, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical
Sciences, Division of Chemistry, Room 1055, telephone: 703-292-4930,
e-mail: aweber@nsf.gov
Contacts in the Division of Mathematical Sciences:
* Roger Berger (interactions with astronomy), Program Director, Directorate
for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences,
telephone: 703-292-4884, e-mail: rberger@nsf.gov
* Alexandre Freire (interactions with chemistry and physics), Program
Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Division of
Mathematical Sciences, telephone: 703-292-8104, e-mail: afreire@nsf.gov
* Shulamith Gross (interactions with chemistry), Program Director,
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Division of
Mathematical Sciences, telephone: 703-292-4868, e-mail: sgross@nsf.gov
* Hans Kaper (interactions with materials research), Program Director,
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Division of
Mathematical Sciences, telephone: 703-292-4879, e-mail: hkaper@nsf.gov
* J. Kenneth Shaw (interactions with materials research), Program Director,
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Division of
Mathematical Sciences, telephone: 703-292-4859, e-mail: kshaw@nsf.gov
* Henry Warchall (interactions with astronomy and physics), Program
Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Division of
Mathematical Sciences, telephone: 703-292-4861, e-mail: hwarchal@nsf.gov
2.(b).3 AWARD INFORMATION
* Anticipated Type of Award: Standard or Continuing Grant or Supplement
* Estimated Number of Awards: Approximately 25-35 awards
* Anticipated Funding Amount: $5.6 million subject to availability of
funds. This will be distributed for projects and supplements meeting the
above eligibility information that are of interest to the mathematical
sciences and (1) astronomy ($3.0 million), (2) chemistry ($0.3 million),
(3) materials research ($2.0 million) and (4) physics ($0.3 million).
3.(a) COLLABORATIONS IN THE MATHEMATICAL GEOSCIENCES (CMG)
(OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN THE MATHEMATICAL
SCIENCES AND THE GEOSCIENCES)
The purposes of the CMG activity are: (A) to enable collaborative research
at the intersection of mathematical sciences and geosciences, and (B) to
encourage cross-disciplinary education through summer graduate training
activities. Research topics under (A) should fall within one of three broad
themes: (1) mathematical and statistical modeling of large, complex
geosystems, or (2) representing uncertainty in geosystems, or (3) analyzing
large geoscience data sets. Research projects supported under this
activity should be essentially collaborative in nature. Research groups
should include at least one mathematical scientist and at least one
geoscientist. Projects under category (A) should be of three to four years
in duration. It is not the intent of this activity to provide general
support for infrastructure. Projects under category (B) are not restricted
to topics (1) - (3). The award duration for category (B) will be two years.
COGNIZANT PROGRAM OFFICERS:
* Xuming He, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Division
of Mathematical Sciences, 1025 N, telephone: (703) 292-4876, fax: (703)
292-9032, email: xhe@nsf.gov
* Stephen Meacham, Directorate for Geosciences, Division of Atmospheric
Sciences, 775 S, telephone: (703) 292-8527, fax: (703) 292-9022, email:
smeacham@nsf.gov
* Elise Ralph, Directorate for Geosciences, Division of Ocean Sciences, 725
N, telephone: (703) 292-8580, fax: (703) 292-9085, email: eralph@nsf.gov
* Robin Reichlin, Directorate for Geosciences, Division of Earth Sciences,
785 S, telephone: (703) 292-8556, fax: (703) 292-9025, email:
rreichli@nsf.gov
* Thomas Russell, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences,
Division of Mathematical Sciences, 1025 N, telephone: (703) 292-4863, fax:
(703) 292-9032, email: trussell@nsf.gov
* Junping Wang, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences,
Division of Mathematical Sciences, 1025 N, telephone: (703) 292-4488, fax:
(703) 292-9032, email: jwang@nsf.gov
Proposals must be submitted in accordance with the solicitation for this
activity, which may be found at:
http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf04508
3.(b) JOINT DMS/BIO/NIGMS INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT RESEARCH IN THE AREA OF
MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY
The Division of Mathematical Sciences in the Directorate for Mathematical
and Physical Sciences and the Directorate for Biological Sciences at the
National Science Foundation and the National Institute of General Medical
Sciences at the National Institutes of Health plan to support research in
mathematics and statistics related to mathematical biology research. Both
agencies recognize the need for additional research at the boundary between
the mathematical sciences and the life sciences. This competition is
designed to encourage new collaborations at this interface, as well as to
support existing ones. Awards made through this competition are dependent
upon responsiveness of the proposals to the announcement, the quality of
the proposed research, and the availability of funds. DMS and NIGMS
anticipate making 20 -25 awards totaling about $6 million, in each of
fiscal years 2003-2005. The projected range is from $100,000 to $400,000
per award per year (total costs), with durations of 4-5 years. Awards made
from this competition may be made by either DMS or NIGMS, at the option of
the agencies, not the grantee.
COGNIZANT PROGRAM OFFICERS:
* Keith N. Crank (General Questions), Mathematical Sciences, Program
Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Division of
Mathematical Sciences, Room 1025, telephone: (703) 292-4880, email:
kcrank@nsf.gov
* Michael H. Steuerwalt (Mathematical Questions), Applied and Computational
Mathematics, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical
Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, Room 1025, telephone: (703)
292-4860, email: msteuerw@nsf.gov
* Roger Berger (Statistical Questions), Program Director, Directorate for
Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, Room
1025, telephone: (703) 292-4884, email: rberger@nsf.gov
* John Whitmarsh (Biological Questions), Program Director, Division of Cell
Biology and Biophysics, NIGMS, Building 45, NIGMS, NIH, telephone:
301-594-0828, email: whitmarj@nigms.nih.gov
* James Anderson (Biological Questions), Program Director, Division of
Genetic and Developmental Biology, NIGMS, Room 2AS.25A, Building 45, NIGMS,
NIH, telephone: 301-594-0943, email: andersoj@nigms.nih.gov
* Samuel M. Scheiner (Biological Questions), Program Director, Directorate
for Biological Sciences, Division of Environmental Biology, telephone:
703-292-8481, e-mail: sscheine@nsf.gov
Proposals must be submitted in accordance with the solicitation for this
activity, which may be found at:
http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf02125 .
3.(c) FOCUSED RESEARCH GROUPS IN THE MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (FRG)
The purpose of the FRG activity is to allow groups of researchers to
respond to recognized scientific needs of pressing importance, to take
advantage of current scientific opportunities, or to prepare the ground for
anticipated significant scientific developments in the mathematical
sciences. Groups may include, in addition to mathematical scientists,
researchers from other science and engineering disciplines appropriate to
the proposed research. The activity supports projects for which the
collective effort by a group of researchers is necessary to reach the
scientific goals. Projects should be scientifically focused and
well-delineated. It is not the intent of this activity to provide general
support for infrastructure. Projects should also be timely, limited in
duration to up to three years, and substantial in their scope and impact.
COGNIZANT PROGRAM OFFICERS:
* Henry A. Warchall, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical &
Physical Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, 1025 N, telephone:
(703) 292-4861, fax: (703) 292-9032, email: hwarchal@nsf.gov
* John B. Conway, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical & Physical
Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, 1025 N, telephone: (703)
292-4872, fax: (703) 292-9032, email: jconway@nsf.gov
* Xuming He, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical & Physical
Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, 1025 N, telephone: (703)
292-4876, fax: (703) 292-9032, email: xhe@nsf.gov
* Joanna Kania-Bartoszynska, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical
& Physical Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, 1025 N, telephone:
(703) 292-4881, fax: (703) 292-9032, email: jkaniaba@nsf.gov
* Andrew D. Pollington, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical &
Physical Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, 1025 N, telephone:
(703) 292-4877, email: adpollin@nsf.gov
Proposals must be submitted in accordance with the solicitation for this
activity, which may be found at:
http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf02129 .
3.(d) ENHANCING THE MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES WORKFORCE IN THE 21ST CENTURY
(EMSW21)
The long-range goal of the EMSW21 program is to increase the number of U.S.
citizens, nationals, and permanent residents who are well-prepared in the
mathematical sciences and who pursue careers in the mathematical sciences
and in other NSF-supported disciplines. EMSW21 builds on the VIGRE program
and now includes a broadened VIGRE activity, an additional component for
Research Training Groups (RTG) in the Mathematical Sciences and an
additional component for Mentoring through Critical Transition Points
(MCTP) in the Mathematical Sciences.
COGNIZANT PROGRAM OFFICERS:
* John B. Conway, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical & Physical
Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, 1025 N, telephone: (703)
292-4872, fax: (703) 292-9032, email: jconway@nsf.gov
* Lloyd E. Douglas, Program Director, Directorate for Mathematical &
Physical Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, 1025 N, telephone:
(703) 292-4862, fax: (703) 292-9032, email: ldouglas@nsf.gov
* Richard Millman, Program Director (VIGRE), Directorate for Mathematical &
Physical Sciences, Division of Mathematical Sciences, 1025 N, telephone:
(703) 292-4878, email: rmillman@nsf.gov
Proposals must be submitted in accordance with the solicitation for this
activity, which may be found at:
http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf03575 .
4.(a) INTERDISCIPLINARY TRAINING FOR UNDERGADUATES IN BIOLOGICAL AND
MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (UBM)
The National Science Foundation plans to announce an activity for
Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biological and
Mathematical Sciences (UBM); its purpose will be to enhance undergraduate
education and training at the intersection of the biological and
mathematical sciences and to better prepare undergraduate biology or
mathematics students to pursue graduate study and careers in fields that
integrate the mathematical and biological sciences. It is a joint effort of
the Education and Human Resources (EHR), Biological Sciences (BIO), and
Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) directorates at the National
Science Foundation (NSF). Projects should focus on research at the
intersection of the mathematical and biological sciences, involve students
from both areas in collaborative research experiences,include joint
mentorship by senior faculty in both fields, and influence the direction of
academic programs for a broad range of students.
COGNIZANT PROGRAM OFFICERS:
For additional information, individuals are encouraged to contact one of
the following:
* Samuel Scheiner, Directorate for Biological Sciences, telephone:
703-292-8481, e-mail: sscheine@nsf.gov
* Michael H. Steuerwalt, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical
Sciences, telephone: (703) 292-4860, email: msteuerw@nsf.gov
* Elizabeth Teles, Directorate for Education and Human Resources,
telephone: (703) 292-8670, email: eteles@nsf.gov
* Calvin Williams, Directorate for Education and Human Resources,
telephone: (703) 292-8670, email: cwilliams@nsf.gov
For further details about proposal submission requirements and guidelines
and due dates, please consult the forthcoming program solicitation.
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: Please see the full text of this solicitation for
further information.
Limit on Number of Proposals: Please see the full text of this solicitation
for further information.
IV. AWARD INFORMATION
Anticipated Type of Award: Standard or Continuing Grant. Supplements to
existing awards may be considered in certain activities; see text for
details.
Estimated Number of Awards: 70 to 80
Anticipated Funding Amount: $18,660,000. This figure is the total amount,
subject to availability of funds in FY 2004, for the activities described
in Section II, categories 1 and 2 in this solicitation. It does not include
existing (category 3) or forthcoming (category 4) activities that are or
will be covered by separate solicitations and that are referenced in this
solicitation.
Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration
are subject to the availability of funds.
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/cgi-bin/getpub?gpg. Paper copies of the GPG may be
obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (301) 947-2722
or by e-mail from pubs@nsf.gov.
Proposals being submitted in response to this specific solicitation and
those referenced in Section II of this solicitation must follow the
instructions as to proposal format and other requirements in the relevant
solicitation. In addition, please note 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
detailed in Section II that supplement the GPG Guidelines. Otherwise,
proposals should be prepared in accordance with the NSF Grant Proposal
Guide.
Proposers are reminded to identify the program announcement/solicitation
number (04-538) 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 in proposals submitted under this Program
Solicitation.
Budget Preparation Instructions:
Other budgetary limitations may apply. Please see the full text of this
solicitation, and of the solicitations referenced, for further information.
C. Due Dates
Proposals must be submitted by the following date(s):
Due Date(s):
October 01, 2003 - April 07, 2004
Deadlines, target dates and submission windows in FY 2004 vary by
competition category. See full text of this solicitation for
detailed information.
Deadlines, Target Dates, and Proposal Submission Windows vary by
competition. Please see the full text of this solicitation, and of the
solicitations referenced, for this information.
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: http://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 applicants whether their proposals have
been declined or recommended for funding within six months. The time
interval begins on the date of receipt. 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 also are administered in accordance with NSF Cooperative Agreement
Terms and Conditions (CA-1). 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/home/grants/grants_gac.htm. Paper copies may be obtained
from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (301) 947-2722 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/cgi-bin/getpub?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:
* Please see the full text of this funding opportunity for contact
information.
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
Custom News Service (http://www.nsf.gov/home/cns/start.htm) to be notified
of new funding opportunities that become available.
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.
An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to
respond to an information collection unless it displays a valid OMB control
number. The OMB control number for this collection is 3145-0058. Public
reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average
120 hours per response, including the time for reviewing instructions. Send
comments regarding this burden estimate and any other aspect of this
collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden,
to: Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, Division of Administrative
Services, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA 22230.
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