Simons Center

NSF-Simons Collaboration on a National Institute for Theory and Mathematics in Biology (NITMB)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently released a new solicitation (NSF 21-607) to support a national institute to enable innovative research at the intersection of mathematical and biological sciences. The goal of the institute will be to facilitate new developments of biology-inspired mathematical theories, methodologies, and innovative modeling approaches to advance the understanding of challenging biological problems. The institute should promote interdisciplinary research, education, and workforce training.

The preliminary proposal is due on December 1, 2021. The full proposal is due on July 18, 2022.

The institute will serve as a national resource that aims to advance research in the mathematical and biological sciences through programs supporting discovery and knowledge dissemination in mathematical biology and enhancing connections to related fields.

The institute should primarily focus on advances in theory and mathematics that are motivated by and applicable to the analysis of complex biological systems. Other expectations include:

  • Conduct interdisciplinary education and training through research involvement of doctoral degree recipients and graduate students from across this multi-disciplinary spectrum
  • Conduct convening activities, including short-term and/or long-term visitor programs, workshops, and/or outreach activities.
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility are expected to be core values of the institute and should be reflected in its research, education, outreach programs, and its leadership

The institute will be co-sponsored at an anticipated level of $50,000,000 for five years by the National Science Foundation Directorates for Mathematical and Physical Sciences and for Biological Sciences, together with the Simons Foundation Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

Information on Proposal Format:
Proposals must be written with a five-year plan for research, training, outreach, and other Broader Impact activities. The plan and budget must reflect a ramp-up of the institute’s activities during Years 1 and 2, with a full complement of activities implemented no later than the beginning of Year 3.

For more information:
View the full solicitation (NSF 21-607) here.