MPS Assistant Director's Blogs
January 10, 2018
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 U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2021 budget of $8.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.