NSA Mathematical Sciences Program

Information for Reviewers
This page provides information and instructions on reviewing proposals for the NSA Mathematical Sciences Program
About the NSA Mathematical Sciences Program:

Please note: For budgetary reasons the Mathematical Sciences Program (MSP) will be unable to fund any new proposals during FY 2017 (i.e. Oct.1, 2016-Sept. 30, 2017). Please consult their website (www.nsa.gov) for news. In the meantime, you may direct questions to Charles Toll (chtoll@nsa.gov) or Barbara Johnson (bajohn1@nsa.gov).


The National Security Agency (NSA) sponsors mathematical research at nonprofit institutions. The program areas are algebra, number theory, discrete mathematics,
probability and statistics.  The program encompasses both basic and applied research. This research is unclassified and may be published in the open literature.

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) assists the NSA in evaluating the scientific merit of research and conference proposals submitted to the NSA under this
program.  The responsibility for this service lies with the NSA Mathematical Sciences Advisory Panel under the direction of the AMS. The final decision on awarding
a grant is made solely by the NSA.

Reviews from experts in specific mathematical subject areas play a key role in the evaluation of the merit of research proposals. To obtain advice, a NSA Mathematical
Sciences Advisory Panel member, acting through the AMS, requests reviews from mathematical scientists or experts with knowledge of the special field of the proposal.
The reviews are used as a basis for evaluating and grading the proposal and are included with the Panel member’s own evaluation. Finally, the Panel meets, in person
and/or by conference call, to evaluate the proposals and make funding recommendations to the NSA.

Instructions for Reviewers

As a reviewer, it is important for you to read the NSA Mathematical Sciences Program's policies regarding research and conference grant proposals:

Conflicts of Interest Policy

Confidentiality Policy


If you have any questions or problems (such as if you have a COI [Conflict of Interest]), please contact Kim Kuda at the AMS by e-mail at nsagrants@ams.org, or by phone at 401-455-4096.

The NSA Mathematical Sciences Program has issued its final report for the 2016 grant cycle, which includes a list of grants awarded.