NSF-Simons Collaboration on a National Institute for Theory and Mathematics in Biology (NITMB)

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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 the establishment of an institute to facilitate research, education and training between mathematicians and biologists, with a goal of developing new mathematical methodologies inspired by biological problems.


The purpose of the NSF-Simons Collaboration on a National Institute for Theory and Mathematics in Biology (NITMB) is to support a research institute to enable innovative research at the intersection of mathematical and biological sciences to facilitate new developments of biology-inspired mathematical theories, methodologies, and innovative modeling approaches to advance the understanding of challenging biological problems. The institute should promote interdisciplinary education and workforce training between these two disciplines.  The National Science Foundation Directorates for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (NSF/MPS) and for Biological Sciences (NSF/BIO) and the Simons Foundation Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences (SF/MPS) shall jointly sponsor a new research institute to facilitate collaborations among groups of mathematicians (including statisticians and computational scientists) and biologists. Research activities conducted at the institute should be focused on emerging and important topics at the interface of the mathematical and biological sciences, with the expectation to develop new mathematical methodologies inspired by biological problems. The institute should primarily focus on advances in theory and mathematics that are motivated by and applicable to the analysis of complex biological systems. The institute will conduct interdisciplinary education and training through research involvement of doctoral degree recipients and graduate students from across this multi-disciplinary spectrum. The institute is also expected to conduct convening activities, including short-term and/or long-term visitor programs, workshops, and/or outreach activities. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility are expected to be core values of the institute and should be reflected in its research, education, outreach programs, and its leadership. The institute will serve as a national resource that aims to advance research in the mathematical and biological sciences through programs supporting discovery and knowledge dissemination in mathematical biology and enhancing connections to related fields.

Program contacts

Important Note: For timely responses to your questions, please direct your email messages to the Program Directors on the NSF-Simons NITMB Working Group at NITMB@nsf.gov

Zhilan J. Feng
NITMB@nsf.gov (703) 292-7523 MPS/DMS
Jaroslaw Majewski
NITMB@nsf.gov (703) 292-7278 BIO/MCB
Sridhar Raghavachari
NITMB@nsf.gov (703) 292-4845 BIO/DBI
Samuel M. Scheiner
NITMB@nsf.gov (703) 292-7175 BIO/DEB
Junping Wang
NITMB@nsf.gov (703) 292-4488 MPS/DMS

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