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    from: Henry Warchall <>
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    An updated NSF program solicitation (NSF 20-575) is now available:

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

    Please see

    for details.

    Full Proposal Window: September 1, 2020 – September 18, 2020


    From the program solicitation:

    This program is designed to support research in mathematics and statistics addressing important questions in the biological and biomedical sciences. Successful proposals are expected to address clearly stated biological/biomedical questions, make a compelling case for and develop innovative mathematical/computational/statistical methods or integrate disparate mathematical/computational/statistical fields, and articulate a well-defined plan for the mathematics or statistics to drive biological/biomedical discovery within the funded period. A direct relationship between a biological/biomedical application and the mathematical/computational/statistical work is required. Research collaborations that include scientists from both the life and mathematical science communities are expected. Proposals from single investigators must provide convincing evidence that the principal investigator has the necessary expertise in both mathematics/statistics and life sciences. While projects from existing collaborations are allowed, we strongly encourage exploratory, high-risk and high-reward Track 1 proposals from new teams of researchers.

    The joint DMS/NIGMS initiative offers two submission tracks:
    * Track 1 – for projects with a total budget of up to $600,000 and an award duration of 3 years, and
    * Track 2 – for projects with a total budget of up to $1,200,000 and award duration of 3-4 years.

    Research projects that apply routine mathematical or statistical techniques to solve biological or biomedical problems are not appropriate for this competition, and they may be submitted to NIH through other mechanisms ( Similarly, mathematical or statistical research projects that are not tied to any specific biological or biomedical problem should be submitted to the appropriate programs at NSF. Proposals designed to create new software tools based solely on existing models and methods will not be accepted in this competition. Additionally, proposals to create models to characterize and analyze a particular biosystem without novel advances in mathematics or statistics are very low priority for the program and therefore discouraged.

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