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Funding Opportunities at the National Science Foundation

Catherine Mavriplis

Applied and Computational Mathematics

Tenth Copper Mountain Conference

on Multigrid Methods

April 4th, 2001


for all announcements, solicitations, deadlines

Catherine Mavriplis [email protected] 703-292-4859

Thomas Fogwell [email protected] 703-292-8104

David Kopriva [email protected] 703-292-4879

Michael Steuerwalt [email protected] 703-292-4860

Directorate forMathematical and Physical Sciences

Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences

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Office of Multidisciplinary Activities





CTS, CMS, ...

Algebra & Number Theory




Applied Math





Computational Math



Geom. Analysis / Top. / Found.






Statistics & Probability





Advanced Scientific Computing

Individual Grants:


VIGRE postdoc


Regular proposal


REU supplements

Group Grants:




Research Institutes

REU Sites

NSF-Wide & Federal Initiatives Investments:

Nanoscale Science & Eng.


Information Technology


  • Funding Opportunities

  • Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) (Deadline: July 2001)

  • Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSPRF) (Deadline: October)

  • VIGRE Postdocs (recruited by institution)

  • “Regular” research proposal: target dates

  • November 15th: Applied Math

  • December 15th: Computational Math

NSF and Federal Initiatives

FY 2001

  • Nanoscale Science and Engineering

  • Biocomplexity in the Environment

  • Information Technology Research

  • 21st Century Workforce

Nanoscale Science and Engineering

  • Focus on five interrelated areas of nanoscale science and engineering

    • Multi-scale, multi-phenomena modeling and simulation at the nanoscale

    • Biosystems at the nanoscale

    • Nanoscale structures, novel phenomena and quantum control

    • Device and system architecture

    • Nanoscale processes in the environment

Mathematical Sciences Investments


Insuring Our Nation’s Future

in Science and Technology

  • Why is the MSI important?

  • Advances in mathematics and statistics accelerate the pace of discovery and progress in science and engineering at an unprecedented pace.

  • Advances in fundamental mathematics and statistics are at the core of that process.

  • The need for mathematical and statistical skills is increasing, while the educational achievements in mathematics and science lag.

Storing and identifying the digitized version of millions of fingerprints is an almost inconceivably enormous task.

Uncompressed, the FBI’s current

fingerprint files would consist of 200 terabytes.

A new piece of mathematics, wavelets, makes data compression fast, relatively routine, and much less

expensive; so that storage is feasible and retrieval is fast.

Algorithmic Moore’s Law

Math is Broadly and Deeply Needed

  • Modeling and simulation: physical virtual

  • Organizing complexity: biology, nuclear phys finance

  • Representing extreme scales: sub-atomic galactic

  • Dealing with uncertainty: health, educn, social sc

  • Managing Large Systems: transp., env., climate

Why the MSI now?

Assessment I (Odom report)

Senior Assessment Panel of the International Assessment of the U.S. Mathematical Sciences, March 1998, at the NSF.

The panel’s conclusion:

“Based on present trends, it is unlikely that the U.S. will be able to maintain its world leadership in the mathematical sciences.”

  • Assessment II

  • Experiments in International Benchmarking of U.S. Research Fields, April 2000, COSEPUP, NRC.

  • The key issue is one of human resources, particularly the reliance on foreign talent.

  • The quality of U.S. mathematics research will be affected detrimentally by the sharp falloff in numbers of American students pursuing graduate-level mathematics.

  • Mathematical Sciences in the U.S.

  • Between 1992 and 1999, full-time graduate students in math dropped by 21%; U.S. citizens by 27%.

  • In 1997, only 12% of full-time math graduate students were supported by research assistantships.

  • Between 1992 and 1999, upper division math majors dropped by 23%.

  • In 1997 NSF provided 66.5% of federal academic research support in math, and approx. 70% in 2000.

Fundamental Mathematical Sciences

  • (Some examples - these are here for illustration)

  • Dynamical systems

    • - and their role in modeling geological, oceanic, or atmospheric systems

  • Advanced statistical methodologies

    • - and their application to prediction and risk in the economic and social sciences

  • Geometry and topology

    • - and their connections to physical, biological and engineering systems

  • ...

  • Connections to Other Sciences & Engineering

  • Initial Emphases:

  • Mathematical & statistical challenges posed by

  • large data sets

  • Managing and modeling uncertainty

  • Modeling complex interacting nonlinear systems


  • Increase grant size and duration

  • Increase support for graduate students

  • and postdocs

  • Collaborative research groups and training

  • New mathematical sciences institutes

  • Interdisciplinary centers

  • Educational enhancements to research efforts

Focused Research Groups in the Mathematical Sciences

Will support projects

  • with plans for making significant progress in areas of recognized or emerging importance to the mathematical sciences and

  • where the success of the project depends in a crucial way upon a group effort

Focused Research Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (continued)


Letter of Intent: September 18, 2001

Full Proposals: October 18, 2001

The solicitation is available online.

$150,000 < [award amount per year] < $350,000

FY 2000: 12 awards

FY 2001: approx. 15 awards

  • Goals:

  • # students

  • broaden

  • integrate


Core components

  • graduate traineeships

  • postdoctoral fellowships

  • undergraduate research experiences

    Optional Components

  • curriculum/instructional materials development

  • outreach

    26 projects currently funded Next deadline: July, 2001

  • Interdisciplinary Grants in the Mathematical Sciences (IGMS)

  • Allows mathematical scientists to expand knowledge into other disciplinary areas

  • PI must physically reside in other (non-math) department

  • Provide 50% support up to $100,000

  • Anticipated Deadline: 2nd Friday in December

  • University-Industry Cooperative Research Programs in the Mathematical Sciences

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

  • Senior Research Fellowships

  • Graduate Research Assistantships

  • Anticipated Deadline: mid-November

  • Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)

  • Support is provided for researchers at predominantly undergraduate institutions

  • Proposals are submitted to disciplinary programs

  • Usual merit review procedures used with special RUI instructions to reviewers

  • The target dates are the program target dates

  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

  • Provides research opportunities for undergraduate students

  • Two types:

    • REU Sites: separate awards for a group (usually 6-12) of students

    • REU Supplements: supplements to existing awards for 1-2 students

  • Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeships (IGERT)

  • Supports innovative, research-based graduate education and training activities in critical, emerging areas

  • Must have multidisciplinary research theme

  • Awards: Up to $500K/year for up to 5 years

  • Preproposal Deadline: June 28, 2001

  • Full Proposal Deadline: January 18, 2002

  • Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes

  • A new competition underway

  • We seek proposals for institutes that

  • will advance research in the mathematical sciences and/or the interface of the mathematical sciences and other disciplines,

  • address diverse challenges and opportunities facing the nation to which the mathematical sciences can contribute, and

  • promote the integration of research and education

Small Grants for ExploratoryResearch (SGER)

  • Novel Untested Ideas; New Research Areas; Urgency

  • Abbreviated Proposal; Limited Award Amount

  • Expedited Review



For list of awards

abstracts of prior awards

Requires Password - (obtain from your office of sponsored research)

proposal submission

proposal status

annual and final project report submission

Requires special PIN from Program Officer

Proposal Review

DMS depends on the mathematical sciences community for its staffing

In 2002 DMS will need new program directors in:


Interdisciplinary Math (in particular, Math Biology)

Applied Mathematics/Computational Mathematics

Statistics and Probability

We are interested in applications from researchers from all fields.

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