This arrived over the holiday break.  The submission window for "small" projects is January 2-14, 2015, i.e., now.  (The windows for "medium" and "large" projects are in September and November, respectively.)

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Subject: [Scipolicy-info] NSF Funding Opportunity -- The mathematics and statistics of cyberspace and cybersecurity
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:22:00 +0000
From: James M. Crowley <[log in to unmask]>
To: Stephen Nash <[log in to unmask]>
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Jim Crowley
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Subject: NSF Funding Opportunity -- The mathematics and statistics of cyberspace and cybersecurity

Dear Colleagues:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Mathematical Sciences encourages the mathematical sciences community to participate in cybersecurity research.  This crucial national priority area is replete with challenges that can be addressed by the mathematical sciences.

Traditionally, mathematics has played a central role in computer security, first in the design of computers and the background for network communications, and then in pioneering the field of modern cryptography, both in terms of designing and implementing cryptographic schemes and also in terms of defeating cryptographic schemes.  Although the area of cryptography is still one of considerable interest and importance, mathematical challenges have arisen in many other areas as well.  Similarly, statistics plays a new, vital role in many aspects of security, for example, in event detection and in determining sources of vulnerabilities.

Current cybersecurity challenges call for a fresh look at the subject from the viewpoint of the mathematical sciences.  Questions surrounding securing information networks against hostile intrusion and ensuring individual privacy in anonymized data sets present important challenges for the mathematical sciences.

The principal NSF program supporting research related to cybersecurity and privacy issues is the cross-disciplinary program Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC).  The SaTC program invites proposals for research that pursues innovative, potentially transformative approaches to fundamental challenges in cybersecurity and privacy matters, including but not limited to data security, privacy, massive data mining, social networks, designed-in security, cyber economics, and identification and prediction of vulnerabilities.  The SaTC program aims to support research that explores the extent to which cyberspace and its vulnerabilities can be modeled, measured, and simulated.

Currently, the NSF directorates of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Education and Human Resources (EHR), Engineering (ENG), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) are participating in the SaTC program.  The MPS Division of Mathematical Sciences encourages submission of SaTC proposals by mathematical scientists and by collaborative groups that involve mathematical scientists and researchers from other disciplines. The Division also seeks proposals for workshops or conferences that will help to build communities of interest in the mathematics of cyberspace.

For additional information, please see the SaTC program web page

Michael Vogelius

Division Director
Division of Mathematical Sciences

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