OSP FO# 11-122

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS)/Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS)

PROGRAM: Research Training Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (RTG)

OBJECTIVES: RTG is a part of the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) Workforce program which provides funding to increase the number of U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents who are well-prepared in the mathematical sciences and who pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and in other NSF-supported disciplines. The RTG program provides funding for education through research involvement in groups centered on a common research interest that span the entire spectrum of educational levels from undergraduates through postdoctoral associates.

The RTG program will provide groups of researchers with related research goals in the mathematical sciences with funds to foster research-based training and education. The groups may include researchers and students from different departments and institutions, but the research-based training and education activities must be based in the mathematical sciences. The RTGs are expected to vary in size, scope, proposed activities and in their plans for organization, participation, and operation.

Addressing all stages (from undergraduate through postdoctoral) of student involvement in RTG proposals is extremely important. Increasing the number of U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents entering the scientific workplace is the goal of RTG; therefore a substantial plan for involving undergraduates in a research training program will increase the probability of obtaining funding.

A successful RTG proposal will:

  • be based in a U.S. academic institution that grants the Ph.D. in the mathematical sciences (faculty and students from a predominately undergraduate institution may participate);
  • be focused on a major research theme in the mathematical sciences;
  • have a realistic plan showing how the proposed activity would create new or enhanced research-based training and education experiences in the mathematical sciences for the students and postdoctoral investigators;
  • be directed by a principal investigator, with at least two other faculty members, who will assist in management and participate fully in the educational and research plans of the RTG.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Participating undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral associates supported with NSF funds in RTG must be citizens, nationals or permanent residents of the United States and its territories and possessions. An RTG postdoctoral associate may not have held the doctoral degree for more than two years as of January 1 of the year in which his or her appointment begins. Any exceptions to this date restriction, occasioned for example by a career interruption, must be approved on a case-by-case basis by the cognizant program officer.

DEADLINE: July 19, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF expects to award $10 million for 3-10 Standard or Continuing Grants with up to $500,000 per year for projects lasting 3-5 years in duration.

Bruce Palka
Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences
Division of Mathematical Sciences
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Suite 1025 N
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-4856
Email: bpalka@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11540/nsf11540.htm

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via FastLane. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP web site at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. In addition, for investigators interested in submitting proposals via Grants.gov, NSF has published the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide which may be found online at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either FastLane or Grants.gov.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 11-540 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.