The FY 2002 Budget Request for the Multidisciplinary
Activities Subactivity is $23.39 million, a decrease of $6.53million,
or -21.8 percent below the FY 2001 Current Plan of $29.92 million.
(Millions of Dollars)
|Research Project Support
The Multidisciplinary Activities Subactivity (OMA)
enables MPS to respond to a broad range of creative ideas from the
MPS community and to support particularly novel, challenging, or
complex interdisciplinary projects in research and education. The
Subactivity encourages multidisciplinary proposals from all segments
of the MPS community and especially encourages initiatives by multi-investigator,
multidisciplinary teams pursuing problems on a scale that exceeds
the capacity of individual investigators or which are not readily
accommodated by existing MPS program structures.
OMA facilitates joint ventures across existing organizational
boundaries within the NSF, and with research universities, private
industry, and other federal, state, and local government agencies.
Because attracting the brightest young intellects is critical to
the vitality of the scientific enterprise, the Subactivity also
encourages research projects incorporating education and training
experiences appropriate to produce a work force of high quality
with skills for lifelong learning and flexibility in the face of
rapid, global economic changes.
The Subactivity supports innovative experiments
in education that could lead to new paradigms in graduate and undergraduate
education in the mathematical and physical sciences. It also is
a focal point within the MPS Activity for activities to facilitate
the development of a diverse and globally competitive workforce
and to utilize effectively the MPS research infrastructure as a
resource to enhance the K-12 teaching cohort and broaden the discovery-based
learning experiences of K-16 students. Examples of OMA investment
in K-16 education include:
Support for Research Experiences for Teachers,
which provides in-service and pre-service K-12 teachers with
discovery-based learning experiences in the MPS disciplines.
Through supplements from OMA offered to the nearly 200 REU sites
in MPS, K-12 teachers are supported for up to ten weeks of research
Support for the state-wide participation of Nebraska
high school physical science students and teachers in the detection
of very high energy cosmic rays. Using detectors positioned
on school roofs across the state, students and teachers participate
in an integrated research and education activity that has internet-based
coordination by university researchers and reflects the way
in which fundamental research is done.
An excellent example of the effective integration
of research and education is the new Internships in Public Science
Education (IPSE) program. IPSE is designed to bring recent science
results from MPS disciplines to the public by promoting partnerships
between the MPS research community and specialists in public science
education. The IPSE activity provides support for undergraduate
and graduate students and K-12 teachers to work in conjunction with
MPS research scientists, and with professionals at science centers
and museums, on projects in public science education.
In FY 2002, OMA will be reduced $6.53 million, to
total $23.39 million. This one-time reduction was needed to provide
funding for ALMA and to lessen the impact of reductions across MPS
Subactivities. OMA will continue to work with other MPS Subactivities
and programs across the Foundation to broaden the disciplinary base
of research and education in the mathematical and physical sciences.
Of particular importance are the interfaces between MPS and the
Biological Sciences Activity and between MPS and the Education and
Human Resources Activity.
The FY 2002 Budget Request includes:
4.0 million for investment in research by multidisciplinary
groups of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers leading
to the development of next-generation instrumentation that integrates
computation and measurement to enable fundamental advances and
broad training across a wide spectrum of disciplines.
$4.0 million for the support of the NSF-wide
Learning for the 21st Century.
$3.0 million for the support of university-industry
interactions through the Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison
with Industry (GOALI) program, which affords a vital mechanism
for broadening graduate and postdoctoral training.
$3.0 million for the support of multidisciplinary
institutes to stimulate new and emerging areas of research and
education in the MPS disciplines. Included is $1.0 million in
support for the new International Materials Institutes to be
initiated in FY 2002.
$2.0 million for the support of MPS Distinguished
International Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MPS-DRF) that
will enable graduate students and postdoctoral investigators
to carry out research at the world's leading facilities and
laboratories, and to acquire an essential international dimension
to their professional development.
$2.0 million to enable the extensive MPS research
investment to be drawn upon for formal and informal science
education, particularly through the MPS Internships in Public
Science Education (IPSE) that enable partnerships between MPS
researchers and the public science education communities.