The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) aims to enhance the synergistic relationships between the mathematical sciences and other NSF-supported disciplines through the Mathematical Sciences Innovation Incubator (MSII) activity.

The ideas, tools, and language of mathematics and statistics play important roles in every area of science and engineering research supported by the National Science Foundation, and it is widely recognized that interactions between the mathematical sciences and other fields catalyze developments in both. The NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences wishes to foster the participation of more mathematical scientists, from every area of mathematics and statistics, in such important interdisciplinary work. In support of this goal, the Mathematical Sciences Innovation Incubator (MSII) activity provides funding to support the involvement of mathematical scientists in research areas where the mathematical sciences are not yet playing large roles.

The MSII activity emphasizes scientific research areas of high national priority that would benefit from innovative developments in mathematics and statistics. For example, modern communication, transportation, medicine, manufacturing, security, and finance all depend on the mathematical sciences. Success in meeting crucial challenges currently facing the nation in these areas will rest on advances in mathematical sciences research. Collaborative research projects involving mathematical scientists have the potential to transform the nation’s ability to respond to these and many other challenges.

Areas of national high-priority scientific research in fiscal year 2016 identified by the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy include:
* Advanced Manufacturing and Industries of the Future
* Clean Energy
* Earth Observations
* Global Climate Change
* Information Technology Research and Development
* Innovation in Life Sciences, Biology, and Neuroscience
* Research and Development for Informed Policy-Making and Management

The MSII activity will support research projects in these and other areas of national priority that are managed by NSF programs outside of DMS and that involve new collaborations among mathematical scientists and other scientists or engineers in the research.
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Horizon 2020 work programm for 2016-2017 published

The European Commission will invest almost €16 billion in research and innovation in the next two years under Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation funding scheme, following a new work programme for 2016-17 adopted on 13 October. The work programme is now available on the participant portal.

The programme will support a range of cross-cutting initiatives: the modernisation of Europe’s manufacturing industry (€1 billion); technologies and standards for automatic driving (over €100 million); the Internet of Things (€139 million) to address digitalisation of EU industries; Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy (€670 million) to develop strong and sustainable economies; and Smart and Sustainable Cities (€232 million) to better integrate environmental, transport, energy and digital networks in EU’s urban environments.

More information in the full press release and associated fact sheet

NIH & AHRQ Announce Upcoming Changes to Policies, Instructions and Forms for 2016 Grant Applications

This notice informs the biomedical and health services research communities of planned changes to policies, forms and instructions for grant applications submitted in 2016.

The planned changes focus on the following areas:

Rigor and transparency in research
Vertebrate animals
Inclusion reporting
Data safety monitoring
Research training
Font requirements
Biosketch clarifications
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