A Letter from the National Science Foundation: NSF 19-082
Dear Colleague Letter: MPS/DMS-EPSRC Lead Agency Opportunity in Mathematical Sciences
The US National Science Foundation (NSF) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Research Cooperation. The MOU provides an overarching framework to encourage collaboration between US and UK research communities and sets out the principles by which jointly supported activities might be developed. The MOU allows for a lead agency opportunity whereby a single international collaborative proposal may be submitted to either NSF or UKRI.
The NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences of the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS/DMS) and the UKRI Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are pleased to announce topical areas associated with the lead agency opportunity. The lead agency opportunity allows for reciprocal acceptance of merit review through unsolicited mechanisms and its goal is to help facilitate collaboration and reduce some of the current barriers to working internationally.
Note: At least two months in advance of the date the proposers expect to submit a formal proposal, an expression of interest/white paper must be submitted to their prospective lead agency. If this communication does not take place, the formally submitted proposal will be returned without review. For the period September 1-December 31, 2019, this stage may be waived. However, applicants are strongly advised to contact the prospective lead agency prior to application. See the announcement for additional information.