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Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended, Public Law 106-377,
42 U.S.C. 1861 et seq.
promote the progress of the mathematical and physical sciences and
thereby strengthen the Nation's scientific enterprise; to increase
the store of scientific knowledge and enhance understanding of major
problems confronting the Nation. Most of the research supported
is basic in character. The program includes support of research
project grants in the following disciplines: physics, chemistry,
astronomical sciences, mathematical sciences, materials research,
as well as support for symposia and conferences. Basic research
in multidisciplinary areas related to these disciplines is especially
encouraged. Support is also provided for state-of-the-art user facilities
in astronomy, physics, and many areas of materials science; science
and technology centers; institutes; undergraduate student research;
faculty enhancement; curriculum development; instrumentation; laboratory
improvement; and for research opportunities for women, minority,
and disabled scientists and engineers.
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AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
funds may be used for paying costs necessary to conduct research
or studies, such as salaries and wages, permanent equipment, expendable
materials and supplies, travel, participant support; publication
costs, and other direct and indirect costs. Primary responsibility
for general supervision of all grant activities rests with the grantee
institution; the principal investigator is responsible for the scientific
work. Funds may not be used for purposes other than those specified
in the proposal.
Eligibility: Public and private colleges and
universities and nonprofit, nonacademic research institutions. Private
profit organizations, foreign institutions, State and local governments,
other Federal agencies or Federally Funded Research and Development
Centers (FFRDC's), and unaffiliated scientists under special circumstances.
Grants are made on a competitive basis.
AND AWARD PROCESS:
Eligibility: Public and private colleges and
universities and nonprofit, nonacademic research institutions.
Private for profit organizations, foreign institutions, State
and local governments, FFRDC's, and unaffiliated scientists under
Proposals must be signed electronically by an official authorized
to commit the institution or organization in business and financial
affairs and who can commit the organization to certain proposal
certifications. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB
Circular Nos. A-21 for colleges and universities and A-122 for
nonprofit organizations. This program is excluded from coverage
under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Coordination: None. This program is excluded
from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Procedure: By electronic submission via FastLane
of a formal proposal describing the research or study to be undertaken.
Guidelines are contained in publication, "Grant Proposal Guide,"
NSF 03-2 and "Guide to Programs Fiscal Year 2003" NSF 03-009.
This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No.
A-110. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular
Procedure: NSF staff members review and evaluate
all proposals generally with the assistance and advice of other
qualified scientists and other appropriate persons who are specialists
in the field covered by the proposal. Proposals are accepted on
the basis of merit to the extent permitted by available funds.
States will be notified of Federal assistance awards through the
Federal Assistance Awards Data System (FAADS).
Unsolicited proposals may be submitted at any time. Some specific
programs have formal announcements with deadlines. The program
announcement should be consulted.
of Approval/Disapproval Time: From 4 to 6
The principal investigator may request, in writing, that the Foundation
reconsider its action in declining any proposal application, renewal
application, or continuing application.
Proposals for renewals, containing the same type of information
as the original proposal, should be submitted at least 6 months
before the expiration date of the award. Renewals are treated
in competition with all other pending proposals.
and Matching Requirements: Some equipment programs
have cost-sharing. Cost-sharing is not required for awards made
solely for symposia, conferences and workshops, publication, education
and training, facilities, or travel. The Grant Proposal Guide (GPG)
(Chapter II) and the Grant Policy Manual (Sec. 330) provide additional
information on the general NSF policy on cost-sharing.
and Time Phasing of Assistance: Normally 3
to 5 years.
For all multi-year grants (including both standard and continuing
grants), the PI must submit an annual project report to the cognizant
program office at least 90 days before the end of the current budget
period. Within 90 days after the expiration of a grant, the PI is
required to submit a final project report. Quarterly Federal Cash
Transaction Reports are required. Other reporting requirements may
be imposed via the grant instrument.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised,
June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit
Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance
of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a
program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities
that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt
from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted
in Circular No. A-133.
Grantees are expected to maintain separate records for each grant
to ensure that funds are used for the general purpose for which
the grant was made. Records are subject to inspection during the
life of the grant and for 3 years thereafter.
(Grants) FY 01 $854,080,000; FY 02 est $920,450,000; and FY 03
and Average of Financial Assistance:
Range Low $3,000
Range High $24,000,000
In fiscal year 2001, 8,458 proposals were received and 4,710 awards
were made. In fiscal year 2002, approximately 8,500 proposals will
be received and about 4,750 awards will be made. In fiscal year
2003, approximately 8,500 proposals will be received and 4,750 awards
will be made.
GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
48 CFR Chapter 25; 45 CFR Chapter VI; "NSF Guide to Programs, Fiscal
Year 2003," NSF 03-009 (http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf03009);
and "Grant Proposal Guide," NSF 03-2, (http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf032).
or Local Office: None.
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Web Site Address:
OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
1) Massachusetts, "Center for Ultracold Atoms;" 2) Massachusetts/Oklahoma,
"The Geometry of Duality in Mathematics and Physics;" 3) Ohio, "Molecular
Information of the Process that Controls Pollutants in the Environment;"
4) Wisconsin, "Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces;" and 5)
California, "A Survey of Nearby Stars for Extrasolar Planets."
FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Proposals received by NSF are assigned to the appropriate NSF program where they will be reviewed if they meet NSF proposals preparation requirements. All proposals are carefully reviewed by a scientist, engineer, or educator serving as an NSF Program Officer, and usually by three to ten other persons outside NSF who are experts in the particular fields represented by the proposal. These reviewers are selected by Program Officers charged with the oversight of the review process. Proposers are invited to suggest names of persons they believe are especially well qualified to review the proposal and/or persons they would prefer not review the proposal. These suggestions may serve as one source in the reviewer selection process at the Program Officer’s discretion. Submission of such names, however, is optional. Care is taken to ensure that reviewers have no conflicts of interest with the proposal.
All NSF proposals are evaluated through use of the two National Science Board (NSB)-approved merit review criteria: intellectual merit and the broader impacts of the proposed effort. In some instances, however, NSF will employ additional criteria as required to highlight the specific objectives of certain programs and activities.
The two NSB-approved merit review criteria are listed below. The criteria include considerations that help define them. These considerations are suggestions and not all will apply to any given proposal. While proposers must address both merit review criteria, reviewers will be asked to address only those considerations that are relevant to the proposals being considered and for which the reviewer is qualified to make judgments. Relevant questions are: (1) What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?; (2) How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields?; (3) How well qualified is the proposer (individual or team) to conduct the project? (If appropriate, the reviewer will comment on the quality of the prior work.); (4) To what extend does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative, original, or potentially transformative concepts; (5) How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity?; (6) Is the sufficient access to resources?; (7) What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?; (8) How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding while promoting teaching, training, and learning?; (9) How well does the proposed activity broaden the participation of underrepresented groups (e.g., gender, ethnicity, disability, geographic, etc.)?; (10) To what extent will it enhance the infrastructure for research and education, such as facilities, instrumentation, networks, and partnerships?; (11) Will the results be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific and technological understanding?, and (12) What may be the benefits of the proposed activity to society?
NSF staff will give careful consideration to the following in making funding decisions:
Integration of Research and Education – One of the principal strategies in support of NSF’s goals is to foster integration of research and education through the programs, projects, and activities it supports at academic and research institutions. These institutions provide abundant opportunities where individuals may concurrently assume responsibilities as researchers, educators, and students and where all can engage in joint efforts that infuse education with the excitement of discovery and enrich research through the diversity of learning perspectives. Integrating Diversity into NSF Programs, Projects, and Activities – Broadening opportunities and enabling the participation of all citizens – women and men, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities – is essential to health and vitality of science and engineering. NSF is committed to this principle of diversity and deems it central to the programs, projects, and activities it considers and supports.