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Mathematical Sciences Program
The National Security Agency Mathematical Sciences Program (MSP) was started at NSA in 1987 in response to an increasingly urgent need to support mathematics in the United States. Indeed, the NSA realizes the mutual benefits of maintaining a vigorous academic community and is proud to offer grant funding and sabbatical opportunities for eligible faculty members through the MSP.
Grants for Research in Mathematics:
The MSP supports self-directed, unclassified research in the areas of Algebra, Number Theory, Discrete Mathematics, Probability, and Statistics. The program does not support research in cryptology. The Research Grants program offers two types of grants: the Young Investigators Grant and the Standard Grant. More details are available on the MSP proposal submission website. Investigators must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Proposals must be annually submitted electronically beginning on September 1 and ending on October 15 via the Proposal Submission Website. Awards are made in the fall of the following year. Questions about the program may be directed to MSPgrants@nsa.gov.
Conferences, Workshops, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs) and Special Situation Proposals:
The MSP supports conferences and workshops in the five subject areas named above. Average award for conferences and workshops is $10,000 - $15,000. The Special Situation Proposal category is for events that do not fall within the typical "research" conference format. In particular, MSP is interested in supporting efforts that increase broader participation in the mathematical sciences, promote wide dissemination of mathematics, and promote the education and training of undergraduates and graduate students. Proposals must be annually submitted electronically beginning on September 1 and ending on October 15 via the Proposal Submission Website.
To obtain additional information about the MSP such as selection criteria, proposal preparation, grant descriptions, or proposal ideas, please call.
The MSP Sabbatical Program offers mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists the unique opportunity to work side by side with other NSA scientists on projects that involve cryptanalysis, coding theory, number theory, discrete mathematics, statistics, probability, and many other subjects. Sabbatical visitors must be U.S. citizens.
Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Aug 30, 2013 | Last Reviewed: Aug 30, 2013