Mathematical Sciences Grants


1. The NSA grants program seeks to stimulate new and important developments in the field areas of algebra, discrete mathematics, number theory, probability and statistics. 2. The program also seeks to increase the quantity and quality of domestic mathematical talent for the benefit of NSA and the nation. 3. The program seeks to improve mathematical opportunities to hitherto underrepresented groups in the nation.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Security Agency, Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
National Security Act of 1959, Sections 13 (a) and 10 (a), Public Law -86-36, 50 U.S.C. 3611
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
All those receiving support from our grants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Investigators must be an employee of a U.S. college or university. The principal investigator and all graduate students must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.. This grant is intended for mathematical researchers and educators seeking to advance mathematical expertise among student groups.
Beneficiary Eligibility
This will benefit mathematical researchers and those who are in the process of acquiring the skills necessary to do research in the the mathematical sciences. Beneficiaries are those who meet the criteria above and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents as well as their students who are U. S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S..
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Principal investigators submit proposals for the support of undirected research, for the support of research conferences or meetings, and for programs of enrichment in specified mathematical areas. Principal investigators submit proposals in accordance with the proposal submission guidelines outlined at https: Principal investigators submit proposals via email to from September 1 to October 15 annually. NSA has the authority for the final approval and passes the funds to a college, university, or institution. The college, university or institution then distributes the funds to the principal investigator and other personnel who are supported by the grant.
Award Procedure
Proposals are evaluated for the intellectual merit and broad impact of the proposed activity by panels of NSA mathematicians. NSA determines which proposals will receive support together with the amount of that support and notifies our decisions in a timely fashion to all who submitted a proposal. Funds will be provided in a timely manner contingent upon them being appropriated and authorized by Congress, so no expenditures on these grants are allowed until the grant award document is in place. The Agency Grants Officer coordinates with the performing organization for the effective award and administration of the grant.
Each year, proposals are accepted from September 1st through October 15th for awards in the following fiscal year. No submissions received after the October 15th closing date will be accepted.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approval/Disapproval time frame ranges generally from 90 to 120 days.
Not applicable.
Options for a second year of support may be proposed,and if accepted, grants with these options may be exercised at the sole discretion of the government. In all other situations, only no-cost extensions will be allowed when work is not completed. Funds will remain.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria is dependent upon the type of proposal received and will be outlined in the Evaluation Criteria of the Grant Solicitation. Individual research, conference/meeting, or undergraduate research experience. Primarily criteria for individual research are the qualifications of the principal investigator and quality of the research proposed. Cost is considered when deciding upon funding e.g., up to two months of summer salary and /or student support, depending on the research grant type. The government reserves the right to partially fund any successful proposal based upon availability of funds.
How may assistance be used?
Summer salary, professional travel, publishing costs, undergraduate support, graduate student support, postdoctoral support, and conference support. No more than two summer months support based upon the type of grant that is awarded. No released time from teaching during the regular academic year; not tuition payments.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Record keeping requirements are in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award, which will include appropriate provisions related to recipient records that are required by the 2 CFR 200.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance funds are available for a period of up 12 months, unless an option has been proposed, and accepted for 12 additional months. Conferences, may be funded for a shorter period of time. Funds are released upon receipt of an acceptable invoice by the Finance and Accounting Office, in accordance with 2 CFR 215 (formerly OMB Circular No. A-110) and the General Provisions for NSA Grants and Cooperative Agreements Attachment provided with each awarded grant.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
National Security Agency Attn: MSP Grants, R1, Suite 6557 9800 Savage Road Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755
Headquarters Office
Mathematical Sciences Program
9800 Savage Road
Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6844 USA
Phone: 000-000-0000
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Capacity Building and Complaint Processing, Training)) FY 22$2,000,000.00; FY 23 est $2,000,000.00; FY 24 est $2,000,000.00; FY 19 FY 20 FY 21 -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Research Grants: Range:$5,000 - $40,000 Average Award: $26,000 Conferences: Range: $5,000 - $50,000 Average Award: $15,000 Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Range: $33,000 - $125,000 Average Award: $125,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
An applicant can find out about applying for a grant by consulting and search on Math and Sciences Program. A single page of information on the MSP is given out at various mathematical gatherings and is also available upon request from
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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