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Perspectives from Assistant Director for MPS

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 NSF, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and optics and photonics

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MPS Broadening Participation

MPS has a strong commitment to broadening participation.

MPS 2014-2015 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

MPS Rotator and Reviewer Opportunities

Dear Colleague Letters

Dear Colleague Letter –Division Director, Division of Chemistry (CHE) Employment Opportunity

Dear Colleague Letter - Division Director, Division of Materials Research (DMR) Employment Opportunity

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

Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum
(NSF  15-550) Posted March 2, 2015

Cracking the Olfactory Code
(NSF  15-547) Posted February 27, 2015

Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Science & Engineering
(NSF  15-544) Posted February 19, 2015

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  15-542) Posted February 5, 2015

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM
(NSF  15-528) Posted December 12, 2014

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM
(NSF  15-528) Full Proposal: March 12, 2015

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  15-542) Letter of Intent: March 25, 2015, Applies to both tracks

(NSF  15-502) Full Proposal: March 30, 2015, By Invitation Only

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure
(NSF  15-519) Full Proposal: April 3, 2015

NSF-CBMS Regional Research Conferences in the Mathematical Sciences
(NSF  13-550) Full Proposal: April 24, 2015

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News See All
a giant atom trapped Forbidden quantum leaps possible with high-res spectroscopy
Released March 2, 2015
News From the Field
graphic showing a sofa and ifferent chairs and text scientists on sofas and other furnishings Communicating science broadly
Released February 26, 2015
Press Release
binary black hole system New Insight Found in Black Hole Collisions
Released February 26, 2015
News From the Field
the galaxy M77, also known as NGC 1068 Pockets of calm protect molecules around a supermassive black hole
Released February 26, 2015
News From the Field
optical structures in the blue-rayed limpet shell A mollusk of a different stripe
Released February 26, 2015
News From the Field
Events Calendar See All

March 19, 2015  - March 20, 2015
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Panel Meeting

April 1, 2015
NSF Day at the University of Washington Bothell

April 3, 2015
MPS Advisory Committee Meeting (MPSAC)
Advisory Committee Meeting

May 20, 2015
NSF Day at Texas Tech

June 1, 2015  - June 2, 2015
NSF Grants Conference - Tampa, FL

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Publications See All
Dear Colleague Letter: Status of MPS/AST Response to Recommendations of New Worlds, New Horizons Decadal Survey
General Programmatic Terms and Conditions (PTCs) for the International Research Network Connections (IRNC) (NSF 14-554) Cooperative Agreement(s)
Pathways to Broadening Participation in Response to the CEOSE 2011-2012 Recommendation
Pathways to Broadening Participation in Response to the CEOSE 2011-2012 Recommendation Summary
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