Focused Research Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (FRGMS)

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Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Supports collaborative research focused on solving major research challenges in the mathematical sciences.


The purpose of the Focused Research Group activity is to support collaborative groups employing innovative methods to solve specific, major research challenges in the mathematical sciences. A major challenge is an outstanding problem of significant importance that requires the focused and synergistic efforts of a collaborative group to solve, and whose solution will have wide impacts in the mathematical sciences and potentially in other areas. Groups may include, in addition to statisticians and mathematicians, researchers from other science and engineering disciplines appropriate for the proposed research. Risky projects are welcome. Interdisciplinary projects are welcome. Projects should be timely, limited in duration to up to three years, and substantial in their scope and impact for the mathematical sciences. Funded projects that show substantial progress in their first two years may be recommended for a creativity extension for up to an additional two years.

Program contacts

Stefaan G. De Winter (703) 292-2599 MPS/DMS
Tomek Bartoszynski (703) 292-4885 MPS/DMS
Marian Bocea (703) 292-2595 MPS/DMS
James M. Douglass (703) 292-2467 MPS/DMS
Pedro F. Embid-Droz (703) 292-4859 MPS/DMS
Yuliya Gorb (703) 292-2113 MPS/DMS
Swatee Naik (703) 292-4876 MPS/DMS
Edsel A. Pena (703) 292-8080 MPS/DMS

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