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Focused Research Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (FRGMS)

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Important Information for Proposers

Any proposal submitted in response to this funding opportunity should be submitted in accordance with the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. The NSF PAPPG is regularly revised and it is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets the requirements specified in this solicitation and the applicable version of the PAPPG. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.

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
sgdewint@nsf.gov (703) 292-2599 MPS/DMS
Tomek Bartoszynski
tbartosz@nsf.gov (703) 292-4885 MPS/DMS
Marian Bocea
mbocea@nsf.gov (703) 292-2595 MPS/DMS
James M. Douglass
MDOUGLAS@nsf.gov (703) 292-2467 MPS/DMS
Pedro F. Embid-Droz
pembid@nsf.gov (703) 292-4859 MPS/DMS
Yuliya Gorb
ygorb@nsf.gov (703) 292-2113 MPS/DMS
Swatee Naik
snaik@nsf.gov (703) 292-4876 MPS/DMS
Edsel A. Pena
epena@nsf.gov (703) 292-8080 MPS/DMS

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