MPS Assistant Director's Blogs
April 5, 2017
Dr. James S. Ulvestad, Assistant Director (Acting)
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
The Current State of MPS
For astronomers and astrophysicists, the name Jim Ulvestad isn’t a new one since I have spent the past seven years as the Astronomical Sciences division director. Prior to that, I spent more than a decade each at the NSF’s National Radio Astronomy Observatory and at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2017, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.
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