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Content provided by the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
12.901 Mathematical Sciences Grants Program

AUTHORIZATION:

National Security Act of 1959, Sections (13(a) and 10(a), 50 U.S.C. 402, Public Law 86-36.
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The NSA grant program seeks to stimulate developments in the field of cryptography and make careers in these fields of mathematics more attractive to Americans and to make NSA known as a possible employer of such mathematicians.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Summer salary, professional travel, publishing costs, graduate student support, postdoctoral support, and conference support. No more than one summer month support. No released time from teaching during the regular academic year.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Investigators must be an employee of a U.S. college or university, the principal investigator must be at least a permanent resident of the U.S. Graduate students must be U.S. citizens or intending to become U.S. citizens.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   This will benefit researchers in the mathematical science that are at least permanent residents as well as their students that are permanent residents of the U.S. and intending to apply for U.S. citizenship.

Credentials/Documentation:   None.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   A brochure is available from NSA giving the form of the proposal. A proposal may be sent directly to NSA by a college or university before the yearly deadline. NSA has the authority for the final approval and passes the funds to a college or university. The college or university distributes the funds to the principal investigator, students, postdoctoral students, etc.

Award Procedure:   The agency grant/contracting officer coordinates with the performing organization for the effective administration of the grant.

Deadlines:   October 15 is the deadline for submission of proposals with certain exceptions, such as conference applications for which there is no deadline.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   

Generally 12 months.

Appeals:   

None.

Renewals:   

Only no-cost extensions allowed when work is not completed. Funds will remain.

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ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   

Two years in most cases except for conferences, which are for a shorter period.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Interim and final reports are required.

Audits:   Not applicable.

Records:   Not applicable.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:  

97-0400-0-1-051.

Obligations:   FY 07 est $3,000,000; and FY 08 est not reported; and FY 09 est not reported. Note: No current information provided by Agency.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  

Research Grants: $5,000. to $60,000 Average Award: $26,000. Conferences: $5,000. to $195,000. Average Award: $32,000. Research Experiences for Undergraduates: $20,000. to $300,000.Average Award: $110,000.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Fiscal Year 2013: 1. Stimulated new and important developments in the field areas of algebra, discrete mathematics, number theory, probability and statistics. 2. Increased the quantity and quality of domestic mathematical talent for the benefit of NSA and the nation. 3. Improved mathematical opportunities to disadvantaged groups within the nation. Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

NSA provides a free brochure describing how to apply for a grant.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:  

See Regional Agency Offices. Mathematical Sciences Program Department of Defense
National Security Agency
Attn: R1 (Dr. Floyd B. Cole or Ms. Barbara Johnson)
9800 Savage Road
Suite 6657
Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6557.

Headquarters Office:   Diane I. Boyer 9800 Savage Road, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland 20755 Email: diboyer@nsa.gov Phone: 4434797660

Web Site Address:   https://www.nsa.gov

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

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.

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