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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.

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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 2014-2015 Distinguished Lecture Series
NSF Mathematical and Physical Sciences 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

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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

Focused Research Hubs in Theoretical Physics
(NSF  16-501) Posted October 2, 2015

Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future
(NSF  15-608) Posted September 15, 2015

NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
(NSF  15-601) Posted August 19, 2015

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  15-597) Posted August 3, 2015

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

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Management and Operation of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory (ICNO)
(NSF  15-587) Full Proposal: October 7, 2015

Algebra and Number Theory
(PD  10-1264) Full Proposal: October 9, 2015, Second Friday of October

NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships
(NSF  11-559) Full Proposal: October 14, 2015

Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
(NSF  14-582) Full Proposal: October 21, 2015

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  15-597) Full Proposal: October 26, 2015, Geosciences; Life Sciences

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News See All
ion cyclotron resonance magnet system MagLab's newest world-record magnet open for science
Released October 1, 2015
News From the Field
HH 24 jet complex Searching for orphan stars amid starbirth fireworks
Released September 29, 2015
News From the Field
Ting Zhu and Shuman Xia Nano-mechanical study offers new assessment of silicon for next-gen batteries
Released September 24, 2015
News From the Field
the fully assembled magnet Cooled down and charged up, a giant magnet is ready for its new mission
Released September 24, 2015
News From the Field
Michael Jewett Protein conjugation method offers new possibilities for biomaterials
Released September 23, 2015
News From the Field
Discoveries See All
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

Neurons of a mouse brain Video series: New strategies address one of science's greatest mysteries
36 NSF-funded research teams work to help reveal how neurons team up to produce thoughts and actions
Released  September 23, 2015

student and professor in a glass lab A sustainable model for academic diversity
Outreach from NSF-supported Lehigh-Penn State research institute focuses on long-term impact
Released  September 18, 2015

Students adjust the target wheel and detectors near a beam outlet Nuclear physics technique helps companies detect dangerous compound
Scientist develops new approach to rapidly identify toxic compounds in everyday materials such as clothing
Released  August 17, 2015

Student holding a sample for rsearch in the lab Finding the origins of life in a drying puddle
Researchers find wet and dry cycles result in important chemical processes
Released  July 20, 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

October 15, 2015
Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE)
Advisory Committee Meeting

October 21, 2015  - October 22, 2015
Advisory Committee for Geosciences
Advisory Committee Meeting

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

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General Programmatic Terms and Conditions (PTCs) for the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide  Grant Proposal Guide (PAPPG-GPG or GPG), December 2014, (NSF 15-1), Cooperative Agreement(s)
Award Specific Financial and Administrative Terms and Conditions (FATCs) for the Management and Operation of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory - NSF Cooperative Agreement AST-1546092
Division of Chemistry Newsletter, September 2015
General Programmatic Terms and Conditions (PTCs) for the Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Foresights: Defining the Critical Needs of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Community (NSF 15-565) Cooperative Agreement(s)
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