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NOTICE: For Fiscal Year 2019 we are soliciting proposals for Conferences, Workshops, Special Situations, and Research Experiences for Undergraduates. Regretfully, for continuing budgetary reasons, we are still unable to fund proposals for new Young Investigator Grants or Standard Grants. Details about which documents need to be included in proposals and directions about how to submit a proposal are given below. Questions can be directed to Charles Toll or to MSPgrants@nsa.gov.

About the 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 mathematics community and is proud to offer grant funding for eligible faculty members through the MSP.

Conferences, Workshops and Special Situation Proposals

The MSP supports conferences and workshops in the five subject areas of Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Number Theory, Probability and Statistics. In order to avoid endorsing or giving the appearance of endorsing approaches to cryptography we do not accept proposals that deal with cryptography. The award for conferences and workshops will not exceed $25,000. The Special Situation category is for infrastructure development projects and for events that do not fall within the typical research conference format. Principal investigators and other personnel receiving support on NSA grants (including students, speakers and other participants) must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The MSP will accept proposals from September 1 through October 15 via email to MSPgrants@nsa.gov. Questions about the program can be directed to MSPgrants@nsa.gov.

Proposal Submission Guidelines

Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Grants

The MSP supports research experience for undergraduate programs in any area of mathematics or computer science consistent with the policy about cryptography mentioned above. We are especially interested in supporting efforts that increase broader participation in the mathematical sciences, promote wide dissemination of mathematics, and promote the training of undergraduates and graduate students. Beneficiaries of these grants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The MSP will accept proposals from September 1 through October 15 via email to MSPgrants@nsa.gov. Questions about the program can be directed to MSPgrants@nsa.gov.

Proposal Submission Guidelines

Grants for Research in Mathematics

For budgetary reasons, we regret that we are unable to fund proposals for new Young Investigator Grants or Standard Grants this year.

Sabbaticals Program

For budgetary reasons, we regret that we are unable to accept applications for the Sabbatical Program.


To obtain additional information about the MSP such as selection criteria, proposal preparation, grant descriptions, or proposal ideas, please get in touch with us by phone or email.

  • NSA Mathematical Sciences Program
  • Telephone: (443) 634-4304
  • Email: MSPgrants@nsa.gov
  • Fax: (443) 634-4390