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Grants to USA IHEs to Promote Diversity in the Fields of Mathematics and Science

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47.049 --- Mathematical and Physical Sciences

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Launching Early-Career Academic Pathways in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (LEAPS-MPS)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #195081

Grant Description

Grants to USA institutions of higher education to promote diversity in math and science programs. The purpose of this program is to promote the participation of scientists from underrepresented communities in mathematics and physical sciences. Funding is intended to assist in launching the research career of early-career PIs and, in this way, make Mathematical and Physical Sciences programs more inclusive.

To address the need for initiating competitive research programs across an array of institutions and to enhance diversity in its programs, the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) offers Launching Early-Career Academic Pathways in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (LEAPS-MPS) grants.

One objective of the LEAPS-MPS awards is to increase funding to institutions that do not traditionally receive significant amounts of NSF-MPS funding, such as some MSI, PUI, and R2 institutions. Another objective is to provide funding for PIs for whom LEAPS funding would enable the PI to submit a subsequent successful proposal in a traditional already-existing grant competition, such as individual investigator award programs, CAREER competitions, etc. The intent of these LEAPS-MPS awards is to initiate the research careers of pre-tenure faculty in tenure-track positions, particularly those at MSI, PUI, and R2 institutions, while also promoting the participation of scientists from all segments of the MPS scientific community, including those from historically excluded and currently underrepresented groups (Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Native PacificIslanders).

A goal of this solicitation is that awards funded through the LEAPS program will in turn increase the number of proposals to MPS from targeted institutions, both to the regular research programs and to the CAREER program, and provides early federal funding to help launch the academic careers of individuals. Another critical goal is to support innovative plans for recruiting and retaining a broad representation of researchers in research programs supported by these grants.

LEAPS-MPS awards are for beginning investigators to undertake research activities that will improve the competitiveness of their future grant applications to NSF programs. These research activities might include the acquisition of preliminary data or other research results, or the development of collaborations for research.

Proposals to this program must demonstrate the context of the work within or across disciplines supported by MPS, which includes the Divisions of Astronomical Sciences (AST), Chemistry (CHE), Materials Research (DMR), Mathematical Sciences (DMS), and Physics (PHY).

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:
Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.

Who May Serve as PI:
Co-Principal Investigators are not permitted, but collaborations with other scientists and/or visiting scientist status in other laboratories are permitted.

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Pre-Application Information:

Full Proposal Deadline(s): January 26, 2023 (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

- Full Proposals submitted via NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) guidelines apply. The complete text of the PAPPG is available electronically on the NSF website at:
- Full Proposals submitted via NSF Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Application Guide is available on the website and on the NSF website at:


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Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Awards: 32 to 48

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Anticipated Funding Amount: $8,000,000 to $12,000,000

Awards are up to $250,000 total costs (direct plus indirect).

Term of Contract:

The duration for these awards is 24 months.

Contact Information:

General inquiries regarding this program should be made to:
- James Higdon (AST), telephone: (703) 292-2389, email:
- Anne-Marie Schmoltner (CHE), telephone: (703) 292-4716, email:
- Souleymane O. Diallo (DMR), telephone: (703) 292-8302, email:
- Yuliya Gorb (DMS), telephone: (703) 292-2113, email:
- Kathleen V. McCloud (PHY), telephone: (703) 292-8236, email:
- Michelle Bushey (OMA), telephone: (703) 292-4938, email:

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