Mathematical Sciences Grants


The NSA grants program seeks to stimulate new and important developments in the field areas of algebra, discrete mathematics, number theory, probability and statistics.

The program also seeks to increase the quantity and quality of domestic mathematical talent for the benefit
of NSA and the nation.

In addition, the program seeks to improve mathematical opportunities to disadvantaged groups within the nation.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: Anticipated research areas include: (1) algebra, (2) discrete mathematics, (3) number theory, (4) probability, (5) statistics; and (6) mathematical conferences.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Defense

The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Mathematical Sciences Program Department of Defense National Security Agency Attn: R1 (Dr. Charles H.

Toll or Ms. Barbara Johnson) 9800 Savage Road Suite 6844 Fort George G.

Meade, MD 20755-6844.
Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Southern California $ 1,200,000   2018-10-092023-04-11
Georgia Tech Research Corporation $ 628,988   2018-10-192022-11-30
Regents Of The University Of Michigan $ 930,187   2018-10-292022-07-28
North Carolina State University $ 532,668   2018-10-252022-04-26
Georgia Tech Research Corporation $ 1,635,244   2014-04-012018-12-31
President And Fellows Of Harvard College $ 1,185,932   2015-09-072018-09-07
Trustees Of Indiana University $ 25,211   2016-01-012017-12-31
Pennsylvania State University, The $ 20,000   2015-02-202017-02-25
Michigan Technological University $ 39,998   2016-01-112017-01-10
Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey $ 29,500   2014-09-132016-09-12

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: N/A. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Summer salary, professional travel, publishing costs, undergraduate support, graduate student support, postdoctoral support, and conference support.

No more than two summer months support based upon the type of grant that is awarded.

No released time from teaching during the regular academic year.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

All those receiving support from our grants must be U.S.

citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Investigators must be an employee of a U.S.

college or university.

The principal investigator and all graduate students must be a U.S.

citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S..

Beneficiary Eligibility

This will benefit researchers in the mathematical sciences who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents as well as their students who are U. S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S..


The grant recipient shall certify that individuals meet the eligibility requirements as detailed in the 'Who may submit' section of the Submission guidelines. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Principal investigators submit proposals for the support of undirected research, for the support of research conferences or meetings, and for programs of enrichment in specified mathematical areas. Principal investigators submit proposals in accordance with the proposal submission guidelines outlined at https:

Award Procedures

Proposal submissions meeting the criteria of the NSA program are peer reviewed and ranked according to their merit and how well they advance the goals of the program. The reviewing and ranking are performed not only by a committee of experts within the NSA, but also by committees established by the American Mathematical Society. NSA determines which submissions receive support together with the amount of support to be provided and notifies those who have submitted proposals of the final decision regarding their submission. Subsequent to this notification, funds will be provided in a timely manner, contingent upon appropriation and authorization by Congress, to the NSA Grants office, for processing of a Grant Award. APPLICANTS SHALL NOT MAKE ANY EXPENDITURES PRIOR TO RECEIPT OF A GRANT AWARD DOCUMENT FROM THE NSA GRANTS OFFICER.


Sep 01, 2015 to Oct 15, 2015: Each year, proposals are accepted from September 1st through October 15th for awards in the following fiscal year. No submissions received after the October 15th closing date will be accepted.


National Security Act of 1959, Sections 13 (a) and 10 (a), 50 U.S.C 402.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approval/Disapproval time frame ranges generally from 6 to 9 months.




Options for a second year of support may be proposed,and if accepted, grants with these options may be exercised at the sole discretion of the government. In all other situations, only no-cost extensions will be allowed when work is not completed. Funds will remain.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance funds are available for a period of up 12 months, unless an option has been proposed, and accepted for 12 additional months. Conferences, may be funded for a shorter period of time. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released upon receipt of an acceptable invoice by the Finance and Accounting Office, in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-110 and the General Provisions for NSA Grants and Cooperative Agreements Attachment provided with each awarded grant.

Post Assistance Requirements


Interim and final reports on the research or effort performed are required.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Interim reports on the research or effort being performed are required.

Final expenditure reports are required detailing how the funds were expended.

Details will be found in the General Provisions for NSA Grants and Cooperative Agreements which will be provide with the Grant Award document.

No performance monitoring is required.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), 'Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations,' nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Record keeping requirements are in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award, which will include appropriate provisions related to recipient records that are required by the DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs).

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 16 $4,139,272; FY 17 est $2,263,987; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Research Grants: Range:$5,000 - $40,000 Average Award: $26,000 Conferences: Range: $5,000 - $50,000 Average Award: $15,000 Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Range: $33,000 - $125,000 Average Award: $125,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Information on how to apply for grants is located at: Additionally, a single page of information on the program is also available upon request from the Mathematical Sciences Program, POCs, Dr. Charles H Toll or Ms. Barbara Johnson, who can both be reached at telephone number (443)-634-4304.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Mathematical Sciences Program Department of Defense National Security Agency Attn: R1 (Dr. Charles H. Toll or Ms. Barbara Johnson) 9800 Savage Road Suite 6844 Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6844.

Headquarters Office

Diane I. Boyer 9800 Savage Road , Fort George G. Meade, Maryland 20755 Email: Phone: 4434797660

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria is dependent upon the type of proposal received. Individual research, conference/meeting, or undergraduate research experience. Primarily criteria for individual research are the qualifications of the principal investigator and quality of the research proposed. Cost is considered when deciding upon funding e.g., up to two months of summer salary and /or student support, depending on the research grant type. The government reserves the right to partially fund any successful proposal based upon availability of funds.

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