Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowships - Federal Grants

Funding Opportunity Overview

Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowships is a Discretionary grant funded by National Science Foundation. It's award amount is up to $300,000 and 50 awards are expected. It is categorized in Science and Technology and other Research and Development. The grants is open to all (government, organization, and/or individual) entities. The application deadline (close date) to apply is 2023-01-25 (-9 days left).
The following table summarizes the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowships opportunity.
Opportunity Number23-501
Opportunity TitleMathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
Opportunity CategoryDiscretionary
Funding Instrument TypeGrant
Post DateOctober 12, 2022 (Wednesday)
Last Updated DateNovember 2, 2022 (Wednesday)
Close DateJanuary 25, 2023 (Wednesday)
Award Amount$100,000 - $300,000 (total funding : $10,000,000)

Detailed Funding Description

The purpose of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (MPS-Ascend) program is to support postdoctoral Fellows who will broaden the participation of members of groups that are historically excluded and currently underrepresented in MPS fields in the U.S., defined in this solicitation as Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Indigenous and Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Native Pacific Islanders,as future leaders in MPS fields.
The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential and provide them with experience in research that will broaden perspectives, facilitate interdisciplinary interactions, and help broaden participation within MPS fields. The program funds postdoctoral Fellows in research environments that will have maximal impact on their future scientific development and facilitates their transition into a faculty appointment.
Awards will support research in any scientific area within the purview of the five MPS Divisions: the Divisions of Astronomical Sciences (AST), Chemistry (CHE), Materials Research (DMR), Mathematical Sciences (DMS), and Physics (PHY). Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.

Dates and Awards Details

The following table shows the dates and awards information in detail for Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowships federal grants. It posted on 2022-10-12 and will be closed on 2023-01-25.
The estimated total program funding is $10,000,000 for 50 awards (expected). The maximum award amount is $300,000 and the award floor amount is $100,000.
Agency NameNational Science Foundation
Important Dates
Post DateOctober 12, 2022 (Wednesday)
Close DateJanuary 25, 2023 (Wednesday)
Last Updated DateNovember 2, 2022 (Wednesday)
Archive DateNovember 15, 2030 (Friday)
Awards Detail
Award Floor$100,000
Award Ceiling$300,000
Estimated Total Program Funding$10,000,000
Expected Number Of Awards50
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementNo
Additional InformationNSF Publication 23-501
Additional Information URLhttp://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf23501

CFDA Numbers

The next CFDA (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance) numbers are associated to this federal grant.
  • 47.049 - Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Categories of Funding Activities

  • Science and Technology and other Research and Development
  • No Additional Explanation Reported

Funding Eligibility

Eligible Applicants:
  • Others
  • Additional Information: *Who May Submit Proposals: Proposals may only be submitted by the following:
    • MPS-Ascend Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are awards to individuals; proposals are submitted directly by the fellowship candidate to NSF. Each candidate must identify one or more scientific mentor(s) and host institution(s) in the proposal. Activities supported by the MPS-Ascend Fellowship program may be conducted at any appropriate U.S. host institution as defined in Section II, "Program Description." *Who May Serve as PI: Proposers must self-certify that they are eligible to receive the Fellowship. An individual (also referred to as a Fellow or proposer) is eligible to submit a proposal to the MPS-Ascend Postdoctoral Research Fellowship program if all the following criteria are met: <ul type="disc"> <li>Must be a U.S. citizen (or national) or legally admitted permanent resident of the United States (i.e., have a "green card") at the time the proposal is submitted;</li> <li>Presents research, professional development, and broadening participation plans that fall within the purview of one of the Divisions (Astronomical Sciences, Chemistry, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, or Physics) within the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences;</li> <li>May not have previously been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator of an NSF award (other than a graduate research fellowship or an award in support of a conference or workshop);</li> <li>May not submit a research plan duplicated in another NSF proposal currently under consideration;</li> <li>Must have completed all the requirements for a doctoral degree before the postdoctoral appointment start date;</li> <li><span>It is anticipated that the research will be conducted at an institution other than the Fellowship candidate's doctoral-granting or current postdoctoral fellowship institution. However, if the Fellowship candidate chooses to remain at their current institution, the Project Description should include a strong justification of how this choice benefits their research and career development.</span></li> </ul> <span>Proposals that fail to meet the above eligibility requirements may be returned without review.</span> Proposers uncertain about the eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to contact a cognizant NSF program officer listed in this solicitation before preparing the proposal. Fellowships must begin no later than September 1, following the submission deadline. <span>By signing and submitting the proposal, the fellowship candidate is certifying that they meet the eligibility criteria specified in this program solicitation. Willful provision of false information in this request and its supporting documents or in reports required under an ensuing award is a criminal offense (U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 1001).
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