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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.

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MPS has a strong commitment to broadening participation.

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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

Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience
(NSF  15-595) Posted July 31, 2015

Ideas Lab: Measuring "Big G" Challenge
(NSF  15-591) Posted July 28, 2015

Management and Operation of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory (ICNO)
(NSF  15-587) Posted July 8, 2015

Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP)
(NSF  15-580) Posted June 18, 2015

Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects
(NSF  15-579) Posted June 18, 2015

Upcoming Due Dates See All

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  15-566) Full Proposal: August 4, 2015

International Research Experiences for Students
(NSF  12-551) Full Proposal: August 18, 2015

Partnerships in Astronomy & Astrophysics Research and Education
(NSF  13-566) Full Proposal: August 21, 2015

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(NSF  13-542) Full Proposal: August 26, 2015, Deadline for REU Site proposals except those requiring access to Antarctica

Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences
(NSF  13-570) Full Proposal: September 15, 2015

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News See All
two ultra-dense galaxies Hiding in plain sight: Undergraduates discover the densest galaxies known
Released July 27, 2015
News From the Field
conception of a young, still-forming brown dwarf Brown dwarfs, stars share formation process, new study indicates
Released July 23, 2015
News From the Field
distant galaxy BDF 3299 ALMA witnesses assembly of galaxies in the early universe for the first time
Released July 22, 2015
News From the Field
3D exploding star Seeing triple: New 3-D model could solve supernova mystery
Released July 21, 2015
News From the Field
photon spin device Penn researchers discover new chiral property of silicon, with photonic applications
Released July 21, 2015
News From the Field
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August 18, 2015
National Science Foundation at the American Chemical Society Meeting
Outreach

August 28, 2015
NSF Day at the University of Alaska Anchorage (POSTPONED)
Training

November 2, 2015  - November 3, 2015
NSF Grants Conference - Arlington, VA
Conference

November 12, 2015  - November 13, 2015
Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC)
Advisory Committee Meeting

January 28, 2016  - January 29, 2016
Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC)
Advisory Committee Meeting

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General Programmatic Terms and Conditions (PTCs) for the EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC) (NSF 15-517) Cooperative Agreement(s)
General Programmatic Terms and Conditions (PTCs) for the Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Data, Networking, and Innovation Program (CC*DNI) (NSF 15-534) Cooperative Agreement(s)
General Programmatic Terms and Conditions (PTCs) for the Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN) (NSF 14-534) Cooperative Agreement(s)
Large Facilities Manual (June 2015)
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