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Division of Physics

Focused Research Hubs in Theoretical Physics  (FRHTP)

Name Email Phone Room
Bogdan  Mihaila (703) 292-8235  1015 N  
Michael  J. Cavagnero (703) 292-2163  1015 N  


Solicitation  16-501

Important Information for Proposers

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A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 18-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Focused Research Hubs in Theoretical Physics (FRHTP) are designed to enhance significant breakthroughs at an intellectual frontier of physics by providing resources beyond those available to individual investigators, so as to promote a collaborative approach to a focused topic while promoting the preparation of scientists at the beginning of their independent scientific careers. Although interdisciplinary aspects may be included, the bulk of the effort must fall within the purview of the Division of Physics.  The successful hub will demonstrate: (1) the potential to advance science; (2) the enhancement of the development of early career scientists; (3) a synergy or value-added rationale that justifies a group approach.

The FRHTP will be funded for an initial duration of five years. The intent is that the research topics proposed are at the stage that the scientific goals of the hub can be achieved in the first five years of the project. The FRHTP awards will provide support only for postdoctoral researchers and hub-related activities. The FRHTP are not intended to provide additional support for senior personnel (individual PIs), graduate or undergraduate students. Instead, the FRHTP is intended to support postdoctoral researchers and enable collaborative interactions via support for travel, collaboration meetings and workshops.

Topics for the FY16 competition:

Proposals may only be submitted in the specific topic(s) listed in this solicitation, which define particular areas in theoretical physics in which the Division of Physics sees a need for a focused research hub and has reserved budget resources from the core programs that would be impacted by such a hub. Future versions of this solicitation will allow response on different theoretical physics topics. It is expected that one award will be funded in each hub topic.

The specific hub topics for this solicitation are:

1. Quantum Information Science (QIS)

A QIS focused research hub will support theoretical work to explore quantum applications that will push the frontiers of quantum-based information, transmission, and manipulation within the purview of the Division of Physics.

2. Theoretical Nuclear Physics (TNP)

A TNP focused research hub will support theoretical work in the area of Fundamental Symmetries, Neutrinos, and their applications to Nuclear Astrophysics relevant to research within the purview of the Division of Physics.


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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program