NSF-Simons Research Centers for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems (MathBioSys)

Status: Not accepting proposals

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 collaborative research centers focused on mathematical sciences at the interface of molecular, cellular and organismal biology. Each center will support education and training, visitor programs, workshops and outreach.


The purpose of the NSF-Simons Research Centers for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems (MathBioSys) is to enable innovative collaborative research at the intersection of mathematics and molecular, cellular and organismal biology, to establish new connections between these two disciplines, and to promote interdisciplinary education and workforce training. The National Science Foundation Directorates for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) and for Biological Sciences (BIO) and the Simons Foundation Division of Mathematics and the Physical Sciences (MPS) and Division of Life Sciences shall jointly sponsor up to three new research centers to facilitate collaborations among groups of mathematicians, statisticians, and biologists. Research activities conducted at each center will be focused on a particular set of topics at the interface of the mathematical sciences with molecular, cellular, and organismal biology. Each center will conduct interdisciplinary education and training through research involvement of recent doctoral degree recipients and graduate students from across this multi-disciplinary spectrum. Each center is also expected to conduct convening activities, including short-term and/or long-term visitors programs, workshops, and/or outreach activities. These centers will have annual meetings of the Principal Investigators (PIs) and other principal researchers, held at the Simons Foundation in New York City.

Program contacts

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

Kathryn Dickson
kdickson@nsf.gov (703) 292-7380 BIO/IOS
Arcady Mushegian
amushegi@nsf.gov (703) 292-8528 BIO/MCB
Elizabeth Roy
eroy@simonsfoundation.org (212) 524-6966
Junping Wang
jwang@nsf.gov (703) 292-4488 MPS/DMS
Henry A. Warchall
hwarchal@nsf.gov (703) 292-4861 MPS/DMS

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