Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects  (PHY)

Name Email Phone Room
Krastan  B. Blagoev kblagoev@nsf.gov (703) 292-4666   
Mark  Coles mcoles@nsf.gov (703) 292-4432   
Jean  Cottam Allen jcallen@nsf.gov (703) 292-8783   
Alex  Cronin acronin@nsf.gov (703) 292-5302   
Keith  R. Dienes kdienes@nsf.gov (703) 292-5314   
Julio  R. Gea-Banacloche jgeabana@nsf.gov (703) 292-7936   
John  Gillaspy jgillasp@nsf.gov (703) 292-7173   
Saul  Gonzalez Martirena sgonzale@nsf.gov (703) 292-2093   
Vyacheslav (Slava)  Lukin vlukin@nsf.gov (703) 292-7382   
Pedro  Marronetti pmarrone@nsf.gov (703) 292-7372   
Kathleen  McCloud kmccloud@nsf.gov (703) 292-8236   
Bogdan  Mihaila bmihaila@nsf.gov (703) 292-8235   
Allena  K. Opper aopper@nsf.gov (703) 292-8958   
Randal  Ruchti rruchti@nsf.gov (703) 292-7210   
Stephen  H. Southworth stsouthw@nsf.gov (703) 292-5043   
James  H. Thomas jhthomas@nsf.gov (703) 292-2911   
James  Whitmore jwhitmor@nsf.gov (703) 292-8908   


Solicitation  18-564

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    November 25, 2020

    Fourth Wednesday in November, Annually Thereafter

        AMO - Theory and Experiment; Gravitational Physics - Theory and Experiment; LIGO Research Support; Integrative Activities in Physics

    December 1, 2020

    First Tuesday in December, Annually Thereafter

        Nuclear Physics - Theory and Experiment; Elementary Particle Physics - Experiment; Particle Astrophysics - Experiment [Computational Physics: starting December 2019]

    December 8, 2020

    Second Tuesday in December, Annually Thereafter

        Elementary Particle Physics - Theory; Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology – Theory; Physics of Living Systems; Quantum Information Science


The Division of Physics (PHY) supports physics research and the preparation of future scientists in the nation’s colleges and universities across a broad range of physics disciplines that span scales of space and time from the largest to the smallest and the oldest to the youngest.  The Division is comprised of disciplinary programs covering experimental and theoretical research in the following major subfields of physics: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics; Computational Physics; Elementary Particle Physics; Gravitational Physics; Integrative Activities in Physics; Nuclear Physics; Particle Astrophysics; Physics of Living Systems; Plasma Physics (supported under a separate solicitation); and Quantum Information Science.

Additional Information

The Physics Division strongly encourages single proposal submission for possible co-review rather than multiple submissions of proposals with slight differences to several programs.

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program