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Mathematical Sciences Infrastructure Program

Name Email Phone Room
Swatee  Naik (703) 292-4876   
Tomek  Bartoszynski (703) 292-4885   
Eun Heui  Kim (703) 292-2091   
Christian  Rosendal (703) 292 2571   


Apply to PD 20-1260 as follows:

Full proposals submitted via FastLane or NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.

Full proposals submitted via NSF Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via guidelines apply.

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    May 11, 2021

    Second Tuesday in May, Annually Thereafter

Second Tuesday in May, starting May 11, 2021


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 Sciences to 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.



What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program