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. In addition, the program seeks to improve mathematical opportunities to disadvantaged groups within 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; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
National Security Act of 1959, Sections 13 (a) and 10 (a), Public Law -86-36, 50 U.S.C. 402
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..
Beneficiary Eligibility
This will benefit researchers in the mathematical sciences who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents as well as their students who are U. S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S..
The grant recipient shall certify that individuals meet the eligibility requirements as detailed in the "Who may submit" section of the Submission guidelines.
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:
Award Procedure
Proposal submissions meeting the criteria of the NSA program are peer reviewed and ranked according to their merit and how well they advance the goals of the program. The reviewing and ranking are performed not only by a committee of experts within the NSA, but also by committees established by the American Mathematical Society. NSA determines which submissions receive support together with the amount of support to be provided and notifies those who have submitted proposals of the final decision regarding their submission. Subsequent to this notification, funds will be provided in a timely manner, contingent upon appropriation and authorization by Congress, to the NSA Grants office, for processing of a Grant Award. APPLICANTS SHALL NOT MAKE ANY EXPENDITURES PRIOR TO RECEIPT OF A GRANT AWARD DOCUMENT FROM THE NSA GRANTS OFFICER.
September 1, 2015 to October 15, 2015 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 6 to 9 months.
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. 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.
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 DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs).
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 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
Mathematical Sciences Program Department of Defense National Security Agency Attn: R1 (Dr. Charles H. Toll or Ms. Barbara Johnson) 9800 Savage Road Suite 6844 Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6844
Headquarters Office
Diane I. Boyer
9800 Savage Road

Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755 US
Phone: 4434797660
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 17$2,263,987.00; FY 18 est $533,957.00; FY 19 Estimate Not Available FY 13 est $13,814,759.00; FY 16$4,139,272.00; FY 15$3,671,533.00; Estimate Not Available FY 14$4,800,000.00; Estimate Not Available -
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
Information on how to apply for grants is located at: Additionally, a single page of information on the program is also available upon request from the Mathematical Sciences Program, POCs, Dr. Charles H Toll or Ms. Barbara Johnson, who can both be reached at telephone number (443)-634-4304.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Anticipated research areas include: (1) algebra, (2) discrete mathematics, (3) number theory, (4) probability, (5) statistics; and (6) mathematical conferences.
Fiscal Year 2015 Research in the areas of (1) algebra, (2) discrete mathematics, (3) number theory, (4) probability, (5) statistics; and (6) mathematical conferences were funded.
Fiscal Year 2017 Anticipated research areas include: (1) algebra, (2) discrete mathematics, (3) number theory, (4) probability, (5) statistics; and (6) mathematical conferences.
Fiscal Year 2014 Research in the areas of (1) algebra, (2) discrete mathematics, (3) number theory, (4) probability, (5) statistics; and (6) mathematical conferences were funded.


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