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Dr. Fleming Crim, NSF Assistant Director for Math and Physical Sciences, shares his thoughts on emerging ideas, frontier research areas, and national needs.

Read the latest perspective on Reliable Science: The Path to Robust Research Results.

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Dear Colleague Letter – Deputy Assistant Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) Employment Opportunity

Dr. Angela Wilson, Division Director, CHE

Announcement of Dr. Angela Wilson, Division Director, Chemistry

MPS Broadening Participation

MPS has a strong commitment to broadening participation.

MPS 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecture Series

NSF Mathematical and Physical Sciences 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecture Series

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NSF Budget Request FY 2016

FY 2016 MPS Budget Request Presentation by Fleming Crim

Mathematical & Physical Science Budget Request FY 2016

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Dear Colleague Letters

Dear Colleague Letter: SEES: Interactions of Food Systems with Water and Energy Systems NSF 15-040

MPS Graduate Research Supplement for Veterans NSF 15-024

I/UCRCs in Areas Relevant to the Forensic Sciences NSF 14-066

Dear Colleague Letter: Forensic Science - Opportunity for Breakthroughs in Fundamental and Basic Research and Education NSF 13-120

MPS Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate - Graduate Research Supplements (AGEP-GRS) Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 13-071)

Science Behind The News

Science Behind The News is a relatively new, fast-paced video series supported by NSF that explores the science, technology, engineering and mathematics behind current events. Each video features at least one interview with an NSF-funded scientist or researcher.

The five new videos highlight work funded by NSF's Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences. The scope of scientific and educational activity supported in the directorate is enormous, ranging from phenomena at cosmological distances, to environmental science on the human scale, through quantum mechanical processes in atomic and subatomic physics, to phenomena of the unimaginably small.

The five episodes are:

Quantum Computing
Imagine if engineers could build a computer to be millions of times faster than anything that exists today, yet so small it’s microscopic. John Preskill, a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, explains the science behind quantum computing, the next great frontier in computer science.

Predictive Policing
The LAPD is using a new tactic in their fight against crime called “predictive policing.” It’s a computer program that was originally developed by a team at UCLA, including mathematician Andrea Bertozzi and anthropologist Jeff Brantingham.

Impacts on Jupiter
The impact of comets on the surface of Jupiter are a fairly common experience. At the University of Central Florida, astronomers Joseph Harrington and Csaba Palotai are leading a project that studies precisely how these impacts happen, and also provides valuable information about what might happen if such a comet struck Earth.

Drug-Resistant Bacteria
As disease-causing bacteria becomes increasingly resistant to antibiotics, scientists like Erin Carlson from Indiana University are turning to naturalsources to find new medicines.

Bio-Inspired Materials
In the search for the next groundbreaking tough material, scientists like David Kisailus from the University of California, Riverside, are looking to nature for inspiration,including under the sea where one little crustacean packs a walloping punch – the peacock mantis shrimp.
Computational & Data-Enabled Sci. & Eng.

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) is a new program.  The program will be collaborative with relevant disciplinary programs in other NSF directorates and offices. CDS&E is now clearly recognizable as a distinct intellectual and technological discipline lying at the intersection of applied mathematics, statistics, computer science, core science and engineering disciplines. It is dedicated to the development and use of computational methods and data mining and management systems to enable scientific discovery and engineering innovation. For more information on the CDS&E Program Click Here.

Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Scalable Nanomanufacturing
(NSF  16-513) Posted November 10, 2015

Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering
(NSF  16-512) Posted November 9, 2015

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC)
(NSF  16-511) Posted November 5, 2015

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  16-504) Posted October 14, 2015

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  16-503) Posted October 14, 2015

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Computational Mathematics
(PD  16-1271) Full Proposal: December 1, 2015

Mathematical Sciences Infrastructure Program
(PD  04-1260) Full Proposal: December 2, 2015, For proposals dealing with training

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering
(PD  12-8084) Full Proposal: December 3, 2015, All proposals to the Division of Physics

Computational Physics
(PD  15-7244) Full Proposal: December 3, 2015, Computational Physics

Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects
(NSF  15-579) Full Proposal: December 3, 2015, Elementary Particle Physics - Theory; Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology - Theory; Computational Physics; Quantum Information Science

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News See All
Paul Klimov adjusts the intensity of a laser beam Strange quantum phenomenon achieved at room temperature in semiconductor wafers
Released November 20, 2015
News From the Field
generation Nano Challenge Generation Nano Challenge
Released November 19, 2015
Special Report
artist impression of red dwarf star TVLM 513-46546 Cool, dim dwarf star is magnetic powerhouse
Released November 19, 2015
News From the Field
a composite image of LkCa15 UA researchers capture first photo of planet in making
Released November 18, 2015
News From the Field
dark matter around a galaxy like the Milky Way Dark matter dominates in nearby dwarf galaxy
Released November 18, 2015
News From the Field
Discoveries See All
cancer cells and copper Starving the beast
New NSF-funded research finds way to withhold cancer cells' favorite food
Released  November 24, 2015

ship through ice Video: Bringing mathematics to sea ice research
NSF-funded Ken Golden plays key role in better understanding sea ice changes
Released  November 4, 2015

fluid dynamics lab with two people An oral history of an NSF Ideas Lab
The story behind 'Cracking the Olfactory Code'
Released  November 3, 2015

White House Astronomy Night Gearing up for Astronomy Night 2015
10 tips for gathering friends to stargaze
Released  October 13, 2015

man and child look at a rain gauge in a driveway Be a (citizen) scientist!
A celebration of open science and innovation
Released  September 30, 2015

Events Calendar See All

September 10, 2015  - January 21, 2016
ADVANCE IT and IT-Catalyst pre-proposal Technical Assistance Webinars

October 5, 2015  - May 23, 2016
NSF Distinguished Lecture Series in Mathematical and Physical Sciences for FY16

November 9, 2015  - December 9, 2016
2016 NRT Informational Webinars

December 2, 2015  - December 3, 2015
EHR Advisory Committee Fall 2015 Meeting
Advisory Committee Meeting

December 3, 2015  - December 4, 2015
Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program Panel

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NSF FY 15 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan
Dear Colleague Letter: Concepts for Future Operation of the Arecibo Observatory
NSF Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences 2015 Programs
Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, January 2016
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