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Division of Physics

NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering

Name Email Phone Room
Vyacheslav (Slava)  Lukin (703) 292-7382  1015 N  
Bogdan  Mihaila (703) 292-8235  1015 N  
Nigel  A. Sharp (703) 292-4905  1045 S  
Michael  J. Wiltberger (703) 292-8519  775 S  
Ilia  I. Roussev (703) 292-8519  775 S  
Triantafillos (Lakis)  Mountziaris (703) 292-8320  565 S  
Jenshan  Lin (703) 292-7950  525 N  


Solicitation  16-564

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.


Full Proposal Target Date

    October 19, 2018

    Third Friday in October, Annually Thereafter


Plasma Physics is a study of matter and physical systems whose intrinsic properties are governed by collective interactions of large ensembles of free charged particles. 99.9% of the visible Universe is thought to consist of plasmas. The underlying physics of the collective behavior in plasmas has applications to space physics and astrophysics, materials science, applied mathematics, fusion science, accelerator science, and many branches of engineering.

The National Science Foundation (NSF), with participation of the Directorates for Engineering, Geosciences, and Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Fusion Energy Sciences are continuing the joint Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering begun in FY1997 and renewed several times since. As stated in the original solicitation (NSF 97-39), which is superseded by the present solicitation, the goal of the initiative is to enhance basic plasma research and education in this broad, multidisciplinary field by coordinating efforts and combining resources of the two agencies. The current solicitation also encourages submission of proposals to perform basic plasma experiments at NSF and DOE supported user facilities, such as the Basic Plasma Science Facility at the University of California, Los Angeles and facilities located at DOE national laboratories, designed to serve the needs of the broader plasma community.


Dynamic growth in new research areas, fostered by the development of new investigative techniques and tools, continues to present an unusual window of opportunity for fundamental studies in basic plasma science and engineering. At the same time, economic forces are driving the need for more fundamental knowledge as underpinning for the many applications of plasmas in modern technology. This initiative, a continuation of the successful NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering begun in FY1997, is a response to these fundamental research opportunities in plasma science and engineering. The foci of the initiative are to generate an understanding of the fundamental physics principles governing the collective interactions of large ensembles of free charged particles, as well as to improve the basic understanding of the plasma state as needed for other areas or disciplines of science and engineering. Proposals should discuss effective ways in which education and outreach are integrated within the research programs. Proposals directly related to fusion energy studies are not eligible. Some of the general research areas which are included are:

• Chaos, Turbulence and Self-Organization in Plasmas
• Strongly Coupled Coulomb Systems in Plasmas
• Dusty Plasmas
• Non-neutral Plasmas
• Flows and Magnetic Fields in Plasmas, their Interaction and Interpenetration
• Intense Field Matter Interactions in Plasmas
• Advanced Methods for Plasma Modeling and Simulation
• Plasma Diagnostics
• Control of Plasma Processes
• Study of Plasma Reactors for Chemical Production
• Plasma Surface Interactions, Plasma Modification, Synthesis and Processing of Materials
• Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas, Microplasmas, and Plasmas in Environmental Science and Technology
• Astrophysical and Solar Plasmas, Plasmas in Interplanetary Space, Earth and Other Planetary Magnetospheres and Atmospheres

Although the above list is intended to be illustrative, it directly reflects the interests and responsibilities of the NSF Divisions participating in the initiative and the goals of the DOE SC/FES.

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