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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 (December 17, 2018 for Proposals Dealing with Training)
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.

December 2018

What is Due?: Full Proposal
Due date: December 3, 2018
Maximum award:

Supports mathematical research in areas of science where computation plays a central and essential role, emphasizing analysis, development and implementation of numerical methods and algorithms, and symbolic methods. The prominence of computation with analysis and ultimate implementation efficiency of the computational methods in the research is a hallmark of the program. Proposals ranging from single-investigator projects that develop and analyze innovative computational methods to interdisciplinary team projects that not only create and analyze new mathematical and computational techniques but also use/implement them to model, study, and solve important application problems are strongly encouraged.

What is Due?: Full Proposal
Due date: December 9, 2018
Maximum award: $450,000

AFRL/RV is seeking U.S. and U.S. Territory universities/colleges to propose grants for space-based basic and applied research that are of interest to the Department of Defense (DoD). Specifically, the objective is to encourage students’ and professors’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to help meet long-term national defense needs of the United States for personnel proficient in STEM.

What is Due?: Proposal
Due date: December 10, 2018
Maximum award:

The CDS&E-MSS program accepts proposals that confront and embrace the host of mathematical and statistical challenges presented to the scientific and engineering communities by the ever-expanding role of computational modeling and simulation on the one hand, and the explosion in production of digital and observational data on the other. The goal of the program is to promote the creation and development of the next generation of mathematical and statistical theories and tools that will be essential for addressing such issues. To this end, the program will support fundamental research in mathematics and statistics whose primary emphasis will be on meeting the aforementioned computational and data-related challenges.

What is Due?: Letter of Intent
Due date: December 14, 2018
Maximum award: 30,000,000

Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes are large-scale projects that collectively have several important impacts:
• Institutes advance research in the mathematical sciences, encourage research that is timely and potentially transformative, and assist rapid and broad dissemination of new ideas;
• Institutes focus effort and excellence in the mathematical sciences, operating on a national scale to reach across the mathematical disciplines, to explore emerging frontiers of those disciplines, and to engage with scientific opportunities in other fields;
• Institutes provide intellectual infrastructure for research collaborations within the mathematical sciences and at the interface of the mathematical sciences and other disciplines;
• Institutes increase the impact of the mathematical sciences in other disciplines by sponsoring interdisciplinary activities and enhancing synergistic approaches to significant scientific problems;
• Institutes provide opportunities for students and postdoctoral fellows to interact with leading researchers;
• Institutes support the exchange of information with business, industry, government, and national laboratories, providing access to expertise in the mathematical sciences;
• Institutes demonstrate leadership in promoting diversity in the mathematical sciences enterprise;
• Institutes provide opportunities for outreach to the scientific community and the public at large;
• Institutes play an important role in fostering international collaborations.

What is Due?: Proposal
Due date: December 17, 2018
Maximum award:

The Statistics Program supports research in statistical theory and methods, including research in statistical methods for applications to any domain of science and engineering. The theory forms the base for statistical science. The methods are used for stochastic modeling, and the collection, analysis and interpretation of data. The methods characterize uncertainty in the data and facilitate advancement in science and engineering. The Program encourages proposals ranging from single-investigator projects to interdisciplinary team projects.

February 2019

What is Due?: Proposal
Due date: February 11, 2019
Maximum award:

The Algorithms for Modern Power Systems (AMPS) program will support research projects to develop the next generation of mathematical and statistical algorithms for improvement of the security, reliability, and efficiency of the modern power grid. The program is a partnership between the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability (OE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

What is Due?: Proposal
Due date: February 11, 2019
Maximum award:

New frontiers in cognitive neuroscience research have emerged from investigations that integrate data at different spatial and temporal scales. A wide range of neuroimaging techniques are employed by cognitive neuroscientists for measuring or inferring neural activity, as well as techniques for determining neuroanatomical structure-function relationships (e.g., fMRI, EEG, MEG, TMS). Electrocorticography (ECoG) and experimental interventions in human neural function, including stimulation and manipulation techniques combined with neuroimaging, have advanced the field. Additional recent methodological advances include machine-learning and multivariate analysis methods, resting-state and task-based connectomics and large-scale data analysis used to investigate and infer functional mechanisms, as well as multimodal neuroimaging and model-based approaches, wherein computational cognitive models may directly inform neuroimaging results. The Cognitive Neuroscience Program seeks highly innovative proposals aimed at advancing a rigorous understanding of the neural mechanisms of human cognition. Central research topics for consideration by the program include attention, learning, memory, decision-making, language, social cognition, and emotions. Proposals with animal models are appropriate only if they include a comparative element with human subjects

What is Due?: Proposal
Due date: February 19, 2019
Maximum award:

The Algorithms for Threat Detection (ATD) program will support research projects to develop the next generation of mathematical and statistical algorithms for analysis of large spatiotemporal datasets with application to quantitative models of human dynamics. The program is a partnership between the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA).

What is Due?: Proposal
Due date: February 22, 2019
Maximum award:

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice, and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?' Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress social responsibility and humanitarian goals, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Do certain labs have a ‘culture of academic integrity'? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?

June 2019

What is Due?: Proposal
Due date: June 4, 2019
Maximum award:

The long-range goal of the Research Training Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (RTG) program is to strengthen the nation's scientific competitiveness by increasing the number of well-prepared U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents who pursue careers in the mathematical sciences. The RTG program supports efforts to improve research training by involving undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and faculty members in structured research groups centered on a common research theme. Research groups supported by RTG must include vertically-integrated activities that span the entire spectrum of educational levels from undergraduates through postdoctoral associates.