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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 Detecting gravitational waves takes a team and long-game perspective.

MPS Advisory Committee

Recent Reports of the MPS Advisory Committee

Dr. Deborah Lockhart, DAD, MPS/OAD

Dr. Deborah Lockhart, Deputy Assistant Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)

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

Special Announcements

NSF Budget Request FY 2017

FY 2017 MPS Budget Request Presentation by Fleming Crim

Mathematical & Physical Science Budget Request FY 2017

MPS Rotator and Reviewer Opportunities

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

Developing a National Research Infrastructure for Neuroscience
(NSF  16-569) Posted May 26, 2016

Centers for Chemical Innovation
(NSF  16-568) Posted May 25, 2016

Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects
(NSF  16-566) Posted May 13, 2016

NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
(NSF  16-564) Posted May 9, 2016

Physics Frontiers Centers
(NSF  16-561) Posted May 3, 2016

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Research Training Groups in the Mathematical Sciences
(NSF  14-585) Full Proposal: June 7, 2016

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science
(NSF  16-544) Full Proposal: June 24, 2016, Design and Development Launch Pilots

Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers
(NSF  16-545) Preliminary Proposal: July 1, 2016

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  16-557) Letter of Intent: July 5, 2016

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  16-504) Full Proposal: July 11, 2016

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News See All
new fabric to be used for implants Soldier scientists inventing lighter bullet proof vests, and more
Released May 23, 2016
Science Nation
medal President Obama honors nation's leading scientists and innovators
Released May 20, 2016
Press Release
Solar Superstorms - Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch Scientific visualizations heat up new documentary that helps explain sunís strange phenomena
Released May 20, 2016
Media Advisory
Rice University researchers Nanotubes are beacons in cancer-imaging technique
Released May 20, 2016
News From the Field
a depiction of magnetic charge ice Scientists create 'rewritable magnetic charge ice'
Released May 20, 2016
News From the Field
Discoveries See All
inaugural national science board members wearing party hats It's our birthday!
A celebration of NSF-funded research
Released  May 10, 2016

animation showing a salamander strolling Earth's weird and wonderful animal models
Simple creatures reveal fundamental biological insights
Released  April 21, 2016

earth day infographic Infographic: Earth Day at NSF
NSF investments help us understand and protect the environment
Released  April 18, 2016

MTBI students at poster session Math for the real world
Student-driven research program applies math to thorny social and biological problems
Released  April 13, 2016

Lynden Archer with students in the lab After the Lecture: Lynden Archer
NSF-funded materials scientist Lynden Archer on batteries, diversity and the state of materials science
Released  March 16, 2016

Events Calendar See All

November 9, 2015  - December 9, 2016
2016 NRT Informational Webinars
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June 1, 2016
Webinar: Understanding SBIR & STTR Phase I Application Process
Webcast

June 6, 2016
Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC)
Advisory Committee Meeting

June 27, 2016
SBIR Road Tour - Wyoming
Other

June 29, 2016
SBIR Road Tour - Nebraska
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General Programmatic Terms and Conditions (PTCs) for the EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-1 (RII Track-1) (NSF 15-566) Cooperative Agreement(s)
General Programmatic Terms and Conditions (PTCs) for the Materials Innovation Platforms (NSF 15-522) Cooperative Agreement(s)
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