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.

Dear Colleague Letter

MPS Graduate Research Supplement for Veterans (MPS-GRSV)

Encourages supplemental funding requests by current Mathematical and Physical Sciences awardees to support an additional doctorate student, provided the student is a U.S. veteran.

Encourages supplemental funding requests by current Mathematical and Physical Sciences awardees to support an additional doctorate student, provided the student is a U.S. veteran.

Dear Colleagues:

The National Science Foundation recognizes that veterans represent a potential underutilized workforce for America's research and industrial communities. The Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) is now accepting supplemental funding requests to support one (additional) Ph.D. student per award, as long as the student is a United States (U.S.) veteran. The proposed MPS-GRSVs will afford veterans an opportunity to conduct research towards a doctoral degree with an NSF MPS Directorate active awardee.

Eligibility: A supplemental funding request for MPS-GRSV may be submitted for any currently active MPS research award. Instrumentation acquisition awards, REU awards, etc. are not eligible.

Veteran Eligibility: Under Title 5 U. S. Code 2108, a veteran means an individual who:

  1. served on active duty in the armed forces during a war, in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, or during the period beginning April 28, 1952, and ending July 1, 1955;
  2. served on active duty as defined by section 101(21) of title 38 at any time in the armed forces for a period of more than 180 consecutive days any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976, not including service under section 12103(d) of title 10 pursuant to an enlistment in the Army National Guard or the Air National Guard or as a Reserve for service in the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, or Coast Guard Reserve;
  3. served on active duty as defined by section 101(21) of title 38 in the armed forces during the period beginning on August 2, 1990, and ending on January 2, 1992; or
  4. served on active duty as defined by section 101(21) of title 38 at any time in the armed forces for a period of more than 180 consecutive days any part of which occurred during the period beginning on September 11, 2001, and ending on the date prescribed by Presidential proclamation or by law as the last date of Operation Iraqi Freedom; and, except as provided under section 2108a, who has been discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions.

A "disabled veteran" means an individual who has served on active duty in the armed forces, (except as provided under section 2108a) has been separated therefrom under honorable conditions, and has established the present existence of a service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension because of a public statute administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs or a military department.

Eligibility to participate as recipients of the MPS-GRSV will be limited to full-time veteran STEM Ph.D. students at U.S. institutions of higher education (IHEs). The MPS-GRSV is not transferrable to dependents of a veteran.

Additional Eligibility Information:

The MPS-GRSV program will support one (additional) Ph.D. student under each research award at any given time. The student's research project must be consistent with the research topic of the original MPS award and the term of an MPS-GRSV award may not exceed that of the underlying research project.

Students that are being nominated for support must not have other government-funded support (stipend and tuition), e.g., students currently being supported full-time by the PI on any NSF award as a doctoral student are not eligible for MPS-GRSV support. NSF Graduate Research Fellows also are not eligible for MPS-GRSV support. However, students who have received past support from the Post-9/11 GI Bill (and/or associated programs such as the Yellow Ribbon program) are eligible for support.

To be eligible for a renewal of an MPS-GRSV for a second or third year, a student must be in good academic standing. The GRSV renewal request must include a report on the student's progress towards the Ph.D. GRSV renewals are subject to availability of funds in the program.

Preparation of an MPS-GRSV Supplemental Funding Request:

Information about requesting supplemental support is contained in Chapter VI.E.4 of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) available online at

An MPS-GRSV request for supplemental funding should be submitted via FastLane in accordance with the guidelines found in the PAPPG and subject to the following instructions.

After logging into FastLane, choose "Award and Reporting functions," and then "Supplemental Funding Request." Next, choose the award to be supplemented. In the form entitled "Summary of Proposed Work," state that this is an MPS-GRSV request and provide a brief description of the proposed MPS-GRSV activity and the impact of the MPS-GRSV support. Limit your description to one page.

In the form entitled "Justification for Supplement," describe the student's involvement in the research project, keeping in mind that the student should contribute to the intellectual core of the funded research effort. Include a description of the student's long-range career. Limit your goals. The description is limited to three pages.

In the Supplementary Documents section, provide the following:

  • A brief resume for the Ph.D. student, including U.S. permanent residency or citizenship status. Please do not include other personally identifiable information such as social security number, date of birth, or place of birth. Limit your response to two pages.
  • A mentoring plan that complies with the instructions provided in PAPPG Chapter II.C.2.j, to be modeled after the required NSF postdoctoral researcher mentoring plan. It should include how the PI will support the studentГўВЂВ™s completion of the Ph.D after completion of the period of performance as well as a plan to foster further career advancement. Limit your response to two pages.

Prepare a budget, including a budget justification for the funds requested for student support and their proposed use. The only allowable expenses in the MPS-GRSV supplemental funding request are: student stipend and fringe benefits, consistent with institutional practices, tuition support, and any allowable indirect costs.

Review Process: The supplemental funding request will be internally reviewed by the managing program officer of the MPS award and any award is subject to the availability of funds.

Anticipated Duration: One-year (twelve-month) supplemental funding for a single Ph.D. student to join a currently active MPS award; renewable for a total support period of up to three years, contingent upon the duration of the active MPS research award and satisfactory progress of the student towards completion of the Ph.D.

Submission Deadline: There is no deadline for submissions; supplemental requests may be submitted at any time.

Special Reporting Requirements: The annual and final project reports must discuss the impact of the MPS-GRSV on the career of the veteran Ph.D. student being supported.

For questions or information on submission of an MPS-GRSV, contact the Division MPS-GRSV representatives (below) or the cognizant managing Program Officer for your current MPS award:

For questions related to the use of FastLane to submit the supplement request, contact the FastLane Help Desk: email or telephone 1-800-673-6188.


Sean L. Jones
Acting Assistant Director