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Perspectives from Assistant Director for MPS

Dr. Fleming Crim, NSF Assistant Director for Math and Physical Sciences, shares his thoughts on emerging ideas, frontier research areas, and national needs.

Read the latest perspective on Reliable Science: The Path to Robust Research Results.

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Dr. Angela Wilson, Division Director, CHE

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MPS Broadening Participation

MPS has a strong commitment to broadening participation.

MPS 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecture Series

NSF Mathematical and Physical Sciences 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecture Series

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FY 2017 MPS Budget Request Presentation by Fleming Crim

Mathematical & Physical Science Budget Request FY 2017

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Dear Colleague Letters

Dear Colleague Letter: SEES: Interactions of Food Systems with Water and Energy Systems NSF 15-040

MPS Graduate Research Supplement for Veterans NSF 15-024

I/UCRCs in Areas Relevant to the Forensic Sciences NSF 14-066

Dear Colleague Letter: Forensic Science - Opportunity for Breakthroughs in Fundamental and Basic Research and Education NSF 13-120

MPS Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate - Graduate Research Supplements (AGEP-GRS) Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 13-071)

Science Behind The News

Science Behind The News is a relatively new, fast-paced video series supported by NSF that explores the science, technology, engineering and mathematics behind current events. Each video features at least one interview with an NSF-funded scientist or researcher.

The five new videos highlight work funded by NSF's Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences. The scope of scientific and educational activity supported in the directorate is enormous, ranging from phenomena at cosmological distances, to environmental science on the human scale, through quantum mechanical processes in atomic and subatomic physics, to phenomena of the unimaginably small.

The five episodes are:

Quantum Computing
Imagine if engineers could build a computer to be millions of times faster than anything that exists today, yet so small it’s microscopic. John Preskill, a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, explains the science behind quantum computing, the next great frontier in computer science.

Predictive Policing
The LAPD is using a new tactic in their fight against crime called “predictive policing.” It’s a computer program that was originally developed by a team at UCLA, including mathematician Andrea Bertozzi and anthropologist Jeff Brantingham.

Impacts on Jupiter
The impact of comets on the surface of Jupiter are a fairly common experience. At the University of Central Florida, astronomers Joseph Harrington and Csaba Palotai are leading a project that studies precisely how these impacts happen, and also provides valuable information about what might happen if such a comet struck Earth.

Drug-Resistant Bacteria
As disease-causing bacteria becomes increasingly resistant to antibiotics, scientists like Erin Carlson from Indiana University are turning to naturalsources to find new medicines.

Bio-Inspired Materials
In the search for the next groundbreaking tough material, scientists like David Kisailus from the University of California, Riverside, are looking to nature for inspiration,including under the sea where one little crustacean packs a walloping punch – the peacock mantis shrimp.
Computational & Data-Enabled Sci. & Eng.

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) is a new program.  The program will be collaborative with relevant disciplinary programs in other NSF directorates and offices. CDS&E is now clearly recognizable as a distinct intellectual and technological discipline lying at the intersection of applied mathematics, statistics, computer science, core science and engineering disciplines. It is dedicated to the development and use of computational methods and data mining and management systems to enable scientific discovery and engineering innovation. For more information on the CDS&E Program Click Here.

Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Nodes Program
(NSF  16-539) Posted February 11, 2016

Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum
(NSF  16-537) Posted February 4, 2016

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation
(NSF  16-532) Posted January 19, 2016

Data Infrastructure Building Blocks
(NSF  16-530) Posted January 5, 2016

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems
(NSF  16-524) Posted December 21, 2015

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM
(NSF  15-528) Full Proposal: February 16, 2016

Scalable Nanomanufacturing
(NSF  16-513) Full Proposal: February 16, 2016

Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP)
(NSF  15-580) Full Proposal: February 22, 2016

Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Nodes Program
(NSF  16-539) Letter of Intent: March 10, 2016

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems
(NSF  16-524) Full Proposal: March 22, 2016

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News See All
aerial view of LIGO detector Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein's prediction
Released February 11, 2016
Press Release
Still from animation of merger of two black holes LIGO: Einstein Was Right
Released February 11, 2016
Special Report
NSF FY 2017 Budget Request
Released February 9, 2016
Fact Sheet
LIGO infographic Thursday: Scientists to provide update on the search for gravitational waves
Released February 8, 2016
Media Advisory
iron-dotted boron nitride nanotubes The iron stepping stones to better wearable tech without semiconductors
Released February 5, 2016
News From the Field
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Tova N. Williams in her lab Celebrating Black History Month with our research fellows
Students in NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program tell their stories
Released  February 9, 2016

MSU nuclear astrophysicist Hendrik Schatz After the Lecture
Nuclear astrophysicist Hendrik Schatz on chemistry exploits, chemical 'fossils,' and why fundamental science leads to so many important discoveries
Released  January 7, 2016

Slideshow image showing robot walking How someday robots may run to the rescue -- literally
University of Michigan engineers seek to perfect the science of balance
Released  December 14, 2015

ACEAP participants at sunset Spreading the word
'Educator ambassadors' learn, then share #NSFastronomy
Released  December 10, 2015

cancer cells and copper Starving the beast
New NSF-funded research finds way to withhold cancer cells' favorite food
Released  November 24, 2015

Events Calendar See All

October 5, 2015  - May 23, 2016
NSF Distinguished Lecture Series in Mathematical and Physical Sciences for FY16

November 9, 2015  - December 9, 2016
2016 NRT Informational Webinars

February 22, 2016
Nanoscale Organic Hybrid Materials and Applications in Next-Generation Energy-Storage Technologies

February 25, 2016
Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC)
Advisory Committee Meeting

February 29, 2016  - March 1, 2016
NSF Grants Conference in Portland, Oregon

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Dear Colleague Letter: Mathematical Sciences Funding Opportunities in Sustainable Infrastructure
Division of Chemistry Newsletter, Winter 2016
National Science Foundation Climate Change Adaption Plan FY 2015 - FY 2018
NSF FY 15 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan
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