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Mathematical Biology

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.

Supports research in areas of applied and computational mathematics relevant to the biological and life sciences.

Supports research in areas of applied and computational mathematics relevant to the biological and life sciences.


The Mathematical Biology Program supports research in areas of applied and computational mathematics with relevance to the biological sciences. Successful proposals must demonstrate mathematical innovation, biological relevance and significance, and strong integration between mathematics and biology.

Some projects of interest to the Mathematical Biology Program may include development of mathematical concepts and tools traditionally seen in other disciplinary programs within the Division of Mathematical Sciences, e.g., topology, probability, statistics, computational mathematics, etc. In general, if a proposal is appropriate for review by more than one NSF program, it is advisable to contact the program officers handling each program to determine when and where the proposal should be submitted and to facilitate the review process.

The Mathematical Biology Program regularly seeks joint reviews of proposals with programs in the Directorates of Biological Sciences and Engineering. Investigators are encouraged to discuss their project with program officers in relevant areas to determine if it should be considered by more than one program.

Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)

Investigators submitting an RUI proposal should read the RUI solicitation (link below), as the rules for proposal format may deviate from the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG).

EAGER and RAPID Proposals

Prior to submitting proposals for EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) or Rapid Response Research (RAPID), Investigators must contact the cognizant program directors.

Requests for Award Supplements

Principal Investigators are encouraged to contact the cognizant program director prior to submission of a proposal for an award supplement. See the PAPPG for more information.


Investigators should carefully read the program solicitation, "Conferences and Workshops in the Mathematical Sciences," (link below) to obtain important information regarding the substance of proposals for conferences, workshops, summer/winter schools, and similar activities.

To facilitate timely notification of the availability of support:

  • proposals for conferences, workshops, etc., to be held in the US must be submitted 8 months in advance of the conference date;
  • proposals to support group travel to meetings outside the US must be submitted 12 months in advance of the meeting date.

Program contacts

Zhilan J. Feng
Program Director
zfeng@nsf.gov (703) 292-7523 MPS/DMS
Lisa G. Davis
lgdavis@nsf.gov (703) 292-5190 MPS/DMS
Amina Eladdadi
Program Director
aeladdad@nsf.gov (703) 292-8128 MPS/DMS

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