Mathematical Sciences Infrastructure Program


Funding Opportunity ID:328573
Opportunity Number:PD-20-1260
Opportunity Title:Mathematical Sciences Infrastructure Program
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type:Grant
Category of Funding Activity:Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s):47.049
Eligible Applicants:Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code:NSF
Agency Name:National Science Foundation
Posted Date:Aug 07, 2020
Close Date:Dec 15, 2020 For proposals that deal with training as described in the Synopsis; For proposals dealing with training; — for proposals dealing with training.
Last Updated Date:Aug 07, 2020
Award Ceiling:$0
Award Floor:$0
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Description:The primary aim of the Mathematical Sciences Infrastructure Program is to foster the continuing health of the mathematical sciences research community as a whole. In addition,the program complements the Workforce Program in the Mathematical Sciences in its goal to increase the number of well-prepared U.S. based individuals who successfully pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and in other professions in which expertise in the mathematical sciences plays an increasingly important role. The DMS Infrastructure program invites projects that support core research in the mathematical sciences, including: 1) novel projects supporting research infrastructure across the mathematical sciences community; 2) training projects complementing the Workforce Program, and 3) conference, workshop, and travel support requests that include cross-disciplinary activities or have an impact at the national scale. See below for more information about each category. (1)Novel projects that serve to strengthen the research infrastructure: The DMS Infrastructure Program will consider novel projects that support and strengthen the research infrastructure across the mathematical sciences community. These projects most often cut across multiple sub-disciplines supported by DMS or involve interdisciplinary collaborations. The main goal of these projects should be to create a new research infrastructure or substantially enhance or transform an existing infrastructure with regional or national impact that goes substantially beyond the submitting institution or the location of the project. In case of questions regarding suitability of a project for the program, please email an Infrastructure Program Officer with a one-page description of the proposed project and a tentative budget. Full proposals must be submitted by the Full Proposal Deadline Date. (2)Training projects: Training proposals submitted to DMS Infrastructure must not fit into one of the areas covered by solicitations in the Workforce Program in the Mathematical Sciences; they must be submitted by the Full Proposal Deadline Date; and they must: A. Include a core research component for trainees in mathematical sciences; B. Demonstrate promise for an impact at the regional or national scale that goes substantially beyond the submitting institution or the location of the project; C. Satisfy at least one of the following criteria: i. Serve as models to be replicated (an EHR review may be solicited), ii. Promote partnerships with non-academic entities, minority-serving institutions, or community colleges, or iii. Include a substantial broadening participation initiative. In addition, all proposals of this type must clearly identify: Goals to be achieved; Specific new activities to be conducted, the way in which these address the goals, and the way in which the activities significantly differ from or enhance common practice; Measurable outcomes for the project; Plans and methods for assessment of progress toward the goals to be achieved, and for evaluation of the success of the activity; Recruitment, selection, and retention plans for participants, including members of underrepresented groups; Sustainability plans to continue the pursuit of the project's goals when funding terminates; and A budget commensurate with the proposed activity. 3) Conferences, Symposia, Working Research Sessions, Travel Support Requests: Principal Investigators should carefully read the program solicitation Conferences and Workshops in the Mathematical Sciencesto obtain important information regarding the substance of proposals for conferences, workshops, summer/winter schools, international travel support, and similar activities. Generally, proposals under this solicitation should first be considered for submission to the appropriate DMS disciplinary program subject to the lead-time requirements specified by that program; see the program web pages listed on the DMS home page. Proposals under this solicitation submitted to DMS Infrastructure must show engagement in developing or enhancing the mathematical sciences research infrastructure in the U.S., including, but not limited to, broadening participation activities; professional development training; or involvement of students and early career researchers. Proposals must explain the regional or national scale impact of the activity that goes substantially beyond the submitting institution or the location of the event. Budgets and submission windows: A. Proposals of this type with budgets not exceeding $50,000, which in accordance with NSF policy can be reviewed internally at NSF, should be submitted six to eight months in advance of the meeting date; B. Proposals with budgets higher than $50,000 should be submitted by the Full Proposal Deadline Date that occurs at least six months prior to the event in order to allow time for external review.

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