NSF-Simons Research Centers for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems

Important Dates
  • Letter of Intent Deadline
    (5 p.m. submitter’s local time)
  • Full Proposal Deadline
    (5 p.m. submitter’s local time)
Contact Info

The National Science Foundation (NSF) 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 new research centers for mathematics in biological sciences at distinct geographical locations in the United States to facilitate innovative collaborations among groups of mathematicians, statisticians and biologists through the solicitation of NSF-Simons Research Centers for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems (MathBioSys).

Rationale

The purpose of the NSF-Simons Research Centers for MathBioSys is to support innovative, collaborative research at the intersection of mathematics and molecular, cellular and organismal biology, to establish new connections between mathematical sciences and biological sciences and to promote interdisciplinary education and workforce training.

The NSF Directorates for MPS and for BIO and the Simons Foundation Division of MPS and Division of Life Sciences will 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 in the general areas of mathematical, 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 multidisciplinary spectrum. Each center is also expected to conduct convening activities, including short-term and/or long-term visitors programs, workshops and/or outreach activities. The Simons Foundation will convene annual meetings of the principal investigators (PIs) and other principal researchers in New York City.

The Simons Foundation and the NSF anticipate making up to three awards at an average total awarded amount of $2 million per year for five years.

Reporting

An annual progress report will be due to the NSF as outlined in the program solicitation. Progress reports will be shared with the Simons Foundation. The Simons Foundation requires the submission of publications and annual financial statements, due within 60 days following the end of each grant year.

How to Apply

Letters of Intent and Full Proposals must be submitted via the NSF as outlined in the program solicitation. An applicant must have submitted an LOI to be able to submit a Full Proposal.

Awards will be made jointly with the Simons Foundation. All application materials should be submitted to NSF. NSF will share all submitted materials with the Simons Foundation.

Half of the proposal budget must be prepared following Simons Foundation’s grant policies, which includes the foundation’s indirect costs policy (20 percent).

The funding provided for the Simons Foundation portion of the project may be used to support research expenses in the following categories:

  • Up to one month of summer salary support and related benefits for each PI/co-PI. These salary funds are not substitutional and cannot be used to relieve a university of salary costs.
  • Teaching reduction down to the level of only one course per semester during the academic year for each PI/co-PI.
  • Scientific travel by center members per the institution’s travel policies. International travel is permitted. Parking, hotel, taxi, registration and other related travel and conference costs are allowable.
  • Conferences and working meetings appropriate to the needs of the center.
  • Salary support and related benefits, including tuition support, for staff/research scientists and postdoctoral, graduate and/or undergraduate research assistants.
  • Support for visitors and collaborators, including domestic and international travel, meals and lodging expenses.
  • Research equipment, supplies and other expenses directly related to the research, including computers, computer support, professional literature, publication expenses and professional membership dues.
  • Administrative or clerical services integral to the center, provided that the effort of the individuals involved can be specifically identified with the center and that such costs are not also recovered as indirect costs.
  • Other expenses related to the support and administration of the center (e.g. web design).

For further guidance, please see the foundation’s grant award policies. Please note that travel expenses are not capped at $4,000 per year per individual for this program.

Applicants will be required to submit a detailed, five-year budget and justification for the Simons Foundation portion of the award. For budgets with subcontracts, a subcontract budget and budget justification for each subcontract must be included. These budgets must be submitted using the Simons Foundation budget template.

Recommended for Funding proposals will be resubmitted by the PIs to the Simons Foundation, in accordance with instructions given by the Simons Foundation Program Officer.

Reporting

An annual progress report will be due to the NSF as outlined in the program solicitation. Progress reports will be shared with the Simons Foundation. The Simons Foundation requires the submission of publications and annual financial statements, due within 60 days following the end of each grant year.

Important Dates

Letter of Intent Deadline Full Proposal Deadline
August 10, 2017
(by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time)
September 29, 2017
(by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time)

Contact Information

Simons Foundation Contact Information:
Elizabeth Roy
Senior Program Manager, Mathematics and the Physical Sciences
mps@simonsfoundation.org
NSF Contact Information:
mathbiosys@nsf.gov

 

 

 

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Important Dates
  • Letter of Intent Deadline
    (5 p.m. submitter’s local time)
  • Full Proposal Deadline
    (5 p.m. submitter’s local time)
Contact Info

Letters of Intent and Full Proposals must be submitted via the NSF as outlined in the program solicitation. Awards will be made jointly with the Simons Foundation. All application materials should be submitted to NSF. NSF will share all submitted materials with the Simons Foundation.

Half of the proposal budget must be prepared following Simons Foundation’s grant policies, which includes the foundation’s indirect costs policy (20 percent). For further guidance, please see the foundation’s grant award policies on our website.

Applicants will be required to submit a detailed, five-year budget and justification for the Simons Foundation portion of the award. For budgets with subcontracts, a subcontract budget and budget justification for each subcontract must be included. These budgets must be submitted using the Simons Foundation budget template.

Recommended for Funding proposals will be resubmitted by the PIs to the Simons Foundation, in accordance with instructions given by the Simons Foundation Program Officer.

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