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External Funding Opportunities

Accepted Anytime

What is Due?: Full Proposal
Maximum award: Unspecified

The National Science Foundation (NSF), through the Directorate for Engineering's Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), through its Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) have established the NSF/FDA Scholar-in-Residence Program at FDA. This program comprises an interagency partnership for the investigation of scientific and engineering issues concerning emerging trends in medical device technology. This partnership is designed to enable investigators in science, engineering, and mathematics to develop research collaborations within the intramural research environment at the FDA. This solicitation features four flexible mechanisms for support of research at the FDA:

  1. Faculty at FDA
  2. Graduate Student Fellowships
  3. Postdoctoral Fellowships
  4. Undergraduate Student Research Experiences

Undergraduate student participants supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

What is Due?: Full Proposal
Maximum award: Unspecified

The Infrastructure Program provides support for activities that differ from the research projects supported by the disciplinary programs of the Division of Mathematical Sciences. These include working research sessions, such as conferences, symposia, colloquia, and special years, as well as training programs, such as grants for broadening education in the mathematical sciences or increasing the number of individuals in disciplines that are based in the mathematical sciences.

What is Due?: Full Proposal (Proposals may be submitted at any time during the year for all programs except those involving the allocation of observational and computing facilities.)
Maximum award: Unspecified

The goals of the program are to:

  1. advance knowledge about the processes that force and regulate the atmosphere’s synoptic and planetary circulation, weather and climate.
  2. sustain the pool of human resources required for excellence in synoptic and global atmospheric dynamics and climate research.

Research topics include theoretical, observational and modeling studies of the general circulation of the stratosphere and troposphere; synoptic scale weather phenomena; processes that govern climate; the causes of climate variability and change; methods to predict climate variations; extended weather and climate predictability; development and testing of parameterization of physical processes; numerical methods for use in large-scale weather and climate models; the assembly and analysis of instrumental and/or modeled weather and climate data; data assimilation studies; development and use of climate models to diagnose and simulate climate and its variations and change. Proposed research that spans in substantive ways topics appropriate to programs in other divisions at NSF, e.g., ocean sciences, ecological sciences, hydrological sciences, geography and regional sciences, applied math and statistics, etc., must be submitted at times consistent with target dates or deadlines established by those programs.

What is Due?: Full Proposal
Maximum award: $1,000,000

The Hydrologic Sciences Program focuses on the fluxes of water in the environment that constitute the water cycle as well as the mass and energy transport function of the water cycle. The Program supports the study of processes from rainfall to runoff to infiltration and streamflow; evaporation and transpiration; the flow of water in soils and aquifers; and the transport of suspended, dissolved, and colloidal components. The Hydrologic Sciences Program retains a strong focus on linking fluxes of water and the components carried by water across boundaries between various interacting facets of the terrestrial system and the mechanisms by which these fluxes co-organize over a variety of timescales and/or alter fundamentals of water cycle interactions within the terrestrial system. The Program is also interested in how water interacts with the landscape and the ecosystem as well as how the water cycle and its coupled processes are altered by land use and climate. Studies may address physical, chemical, and biological processes that are coupled directly to water transport. Projects submitted to Hydrologic Sciences commonly involve expertise from basic sciences, engineering and mathematics; and proposals may require joint review with related programs.

What is Due?: White Paper (sponsor deadline required); Proposals (sponsor deadline required)
Maximum award: Unspecified

The Formal Methods Section of the NRL's Center for High Assurance Computer Systems is seeking white papers for innovative research in the mathematics underlying security and high assurance computing. Current and anticipated areas of research focus include the following:

  1. Cryptographic Protocol Design and Analysis - NRL is interested in the analysis of security protocols for security and performance. Design of new protocols, together with their analysis, is also of interest. Analysis techniques may include formal methods, mathematical analysis, simulation, and experimental evaluation.
  2. Information Hiding - NRL is interested in the mathematical, and in particular, information theoretic analysis of covert communication channels, steganography, watermarking, and related areas of information hiding and concealed knowledge. In addition, NRL is interested in the mathematics underlying pragmatic security solutions for possible collaborative research. Appropriate theoretical models from other areas, such as spike trains from the biosciences, are also of current research interest.
  3. Anonymous Communication - NRL is interested in the design and analysis of traffic-security through anonymous and route-trusted communications. Emphasis will be placed on metrics and definitions for traffic security, cryptographic building blocks, network topology and structure, routing protocols, performance, usability, and secure distribution of network information. Techniques can be based on mathematical analysis, simulation or experimentation.
  4. Informatic Phenomena - This area focuses on the mathematical structure of information, both qualitative and quantitative, and uses it to study various issues related to the secure transfer of information. New paradigms on information, such as quantum information, are of particular interest, including their reconciliation with relativistic notions. The primary mathematical techniques employed will be domain theory and other forms of topological algebra.
  5. Mathematical and Logical Analysis of Distributed Systems - NRL is interested in mathematics and logics that are integrated with design methodologies for producing secure distributed systems. Emphasis will be placed on hardware-software codesign, distributed architectures, and programming methodologies. The formal apparatus will include non-standard logics (modal, substructural, et cetera), category theory, domain theory, Shannon information theory, and structures that relate these elements in an elegant and coherent manner.

April 2019

What is Due?: Letter of Intent
Maximum award:

The program is intended to support high-risk theoretical mathematics, physics and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. The Targeted Grant in MPS program provides funding for up to five years. The funding level and duration is flexible and should be appropriate based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended or assumed funding level for this program.

What is Due?: Proposal
Maximum award:

In today’s increasingly networked, distributed, and asynchronous world, cybersecurity involves hardware, software, networks, data, people, and integration with the physical world. Society’s overwhelming reliance on this complex cyberspace has, however, exposed its fragility and vulnerabilities: corporations, agencies, national infrastructure and individuals have been victims of cyber-attacks. Achieving a truly secure cyberspace requires addressing both challenging scientific and engineering problems involving many components of a system, and vulnerabilities that arise from human behaviors and choices. Examining the fundamentals of security and privacy as a multidisciplinary subject can lead to fundamentally new ways to design, build and operate cyber systems, protect existing infrastructure, and motivate and educate individuals about cybersecurity.