Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences (DMS/NIGMS)

Program Title:

Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences (DMS/NIGMS)

Synopsis of Program:

The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) plan to support fundamental research in mathematics and statistics necessary to answer questions in the biological and biomedical sciences. Both agencies recognize the need to promote research at the interface between mathematical and life sciences. This program is designed to encourage new collaborations, as well as to support innovative activities by existing teams.

Submission Window Date(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

     October 01, 2018 - October 18, 2018

     September 01, 2019 - September 18, 2019

     September 1 - September 18, Annually Thereafter

Cognizant Program Officer(s):

Please note that the following information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of contact.

  • Junping Wang, Program Director, NSF/DMS, telephone: (703) 292-4488, email:
  • Nandini Kannan, Program Director, NSF/DMS, telephone: (703) 292-8104, email:
  • Pedro F. Embid, Program Director, NSF/DMS, telephone: (703) 292-4859, email:
  • James Powell, Program Director, NSF/DMS, telephone: (703) 292-8714, email:
  • Haluk Resat, Program Director, NIH/NIGMS, telephone: (301) 827-6671, email:
  • Janna Wehrle, Program Director, NIH/NIGMS, telephone: (301) 594-0828, email:

Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):

  • 47.049 --- Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • 93.859 --- National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award:

Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or R01 project (if the proposal is selected to be funded by NIGMS).

Estimated Number of Awards: 12 to 20

Approximately 12 to 20 awards from this competition may be made by either NSF or NIH at the option of the agencies, not the grantee. The number of awards will depend on the quality of received proposals and budget availability.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $5,000,000

Up to $5,000,000 per year for new applications (up to $2,000,000 from NSF and up to $3,000,000 from NIGMS), subject to availability of funds and receipt of meritorious proposals. Awards for high-risk, high-reward exploratory projects, or those from new teams of collaborators, are expected to range from $100,000 to $200,000 (total costs) per year for 3 years. Awards for projects of larger scope from well-established teams are expected to range from $200,000 to $400,000 (total costs) per year with durations of 3-4 years. Proposers are strongly discouraged from requesting larger budgets than are necessary for the activities being proposed.

Activity Code (e.g., RO1, U01)
Funding Announcement Number
NSF 18-566
Expiration Date
Application Due Date
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