Mathematical Sciences Grants Program

The NSA grant program seeks to stimulate developments in the field of cryptography and make careers in these fields of mathematics more attractive to Americans and to make NSA known as a possible employer of such mathematicians.

Examples of Funded Projects

(1) Mathematics conference; (2) research in algebra; (3) research in number theory; (4) research in discrete mathematics; (5) research in statistics; and (6) research in probability.

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.

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

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

No more than one summer month support.

No released time from teaching during the regular academic year.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Investigators must be an employee of a U.S.

college or university, the principal investigator must be at least a permanent resident of the U.S.

Graduate students must be U.S.

citizens or intending to become U.S.


Beneficiary Eligibility

This will benefit researchers in the mathematical science that are at least permanent residents as well as their students that are permanent residents of the U.S. and intending to apply for U.S. citizenship.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

A brochure is available from NSA giving the form of the proposal. A proposal may be sent directly to NSA by a college or university before the yearly deadline. NSA has the authority for the final approval and passes the funds to a college or university. The college or university distributes the funds to the principal investigator, students, postdoctoral students, etc.

Award Procedures

The agency grant/contracting officer coordinates with the performing organization for the effective administration of the grant.


October 15 is the deadline for submission of proposals with certain exceptions, such as conference applications for which there is no deadline.


National Security Act of 1959, Sections (13(a) and 10(a), 50 U.S.C. 402, Public Law 86-36.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Generally 12 months.




Only no-cost extensions allowed when work is not completed. Funds will remain.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Two years in most cases except for conferences, which are for a shorter period.

Post Assistance Requirements


Interim and final reports are required.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 est $3,000,000; and FY 08 est not reported; and FY 09 est not reported. Note: No current information provided by Agency.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$5,000 to $60,000. Average: $15,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

NSA provides a free brochure describing how to apply for a grant.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Dr. Charles F. Osgood, Department of Defense, National Security Agency, ATTN: R51A, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6000. Telephone: (301) 688-0400. Use the same number for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Primarily qualifications of the principal investigator. Cost is considered when deciding what to fund, e.g., one month of summer salary and/or student support.

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