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in the Fields of Mathematics and Science

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

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

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01/07/22 5:00 PM Submitter's local time


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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.

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 underrepresented groups (Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Native Pacific Islanders).

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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GrantWatch ID#: 195081

Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Awards: 20 to 40

Estimated Size of Grant:

Anticipated Funding Amount: $5,000,000 to $10,000,000

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

Term of Contract:

Awards are for 24 months.

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-investigators are not permitted, but collaborations with other scientists and/or visiting scientist status in other laboratories are permitted. Principal investigators must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For additional eligibility information, see

Pre-proposal Conference:


Please join the webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST for information on the LEAPS-MPS program. Registration is required for the webinar via the following link:

Or an H.323/SIP room system:

H.323: (US West) or (US East)
Meeting ID: 160 425 1592
Passcode: 412363
Passcode: 412363

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Michelle Bushey (see Contact Information below)

Webinar page:

DMS Virtual Office Hours
Informational Webinar

November 18, 2021 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)

The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) is hosting virtual office hours to share information about NSF’s current operations and provide guidance to the mathematical sciences community. All members of the mathematics research community interested in the work of DMS are welcome to attend.

Participants should register (and may do so in advance) at the web page:

After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Participants may submit questions in advance through the registration form or by sending email. There will also be an opportunity to submit questions anonymously during the webinar through the Zoom webinar Q&A feature.

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Pre-Application Information:

Full Proposal Deadline: January 07, 2022 (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time)

- Full Proposals submitted via FastLane: 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 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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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

General inquiries regarding this program should be made to:
- James Higdon (AST), telephone: (703) 292-2389, email:
- Rebecca Peebles (CHE), telephone: (703) 292-8809, 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:

Participants in the Virtual Office Hours may submit questions in advance through the registration form or by sending an email to

For questions related to the use of FastLane or, contact:
- FastLane and Help Desk: 1-800-673-6188
- FastLane Help Desk e-mail:
- Help Desk e-mail:

For questions relating to contact:
- Contact Center: If the Authorized Organizational Representatives (AOR) has not received a confirmation message from within 48 hours of submission of application, please contact via telephone: 1-800-518-4726; e-mail:

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47.049 --- Mathematical and Physical Sciences

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