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NSF Budget Request FY 2015

FY 2015 MPS Budget Request Presentation by Fleming Crim

Mathematical & Physical Science Budget Request FY 2015

Dear Colleague Letter: Sequestration Effects on MPS (NSF 14-026)

Physical and Mathematical Principles of Brain Structure and Function

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

MPS Rotator and Reviewer Opportunities

MPS is pleased to be back in Action!

The Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) Directorate is delighted to be back in action after the 16-day government shutdown. We ask for your patience as we resume the work of the Foundation and deal with the many consequences of a long shutdown. We plan to concentrate on our core functions of receiving, reviewing, and acting on proposals along with oversight and management of existing awards as we restore the functions of the Foundation.  The consequences of this interruption will last much longer than the interruption itself, and we have to establish priorities about the most important tasks.  The Foundation is developing general guidance about new deadlines to replace those that passed during the shutdown.

Guidance regarding the resumption of operations at NSF following the shutdown is available on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/postshutdown.jsp.  Checking the websites of the individual Divisions for updates is also a means of finding specific information.

The MPS Advisory Committee November 7-8, 2013 Meeting has been cancelled due to the Government shutdown. See Meeting Cancellation Letter.

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.

NSF seeks community input for the development of integrated data management infrastructures across the sciences and engineering. NSF recognizes the need to facilitate the emergence of tools and methods for the use and dissemination of data across disciplines, techniques, and communities. To meet this need, NSF will partner with other Federal agencies and the broader scientific community.

For more information Click Here.

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

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  14-548) Posted March 27, 2014

Innovation Corps Sites Program
(NSF  14-547) Posted March 24, 2014

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM
(NSF  14-546) Posted March 19, 2014

Scalable Nanomanufacturing
(NSF  14-544) Posted March 19, 2014

Sustainability Research Networks Competition
(NSF  14-534) Posted January 29, 2014

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Catalyzing New International Collaborations
(NSF  13-605) Full Proposal: April 22, 2014

NSF-CBMS Regional Research Conferences in the Mathematical Sciences
(NSF  13-550) Full Proposal: April 25, 2014

Sustainability Research Networks Competition
(NSF  14-534) Full Proposal: April 29, 2014

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  14-548) Letter of Intent: May 20, 2014, NRT Letter of Intent

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(NSF  13-542) Full Proposal: May 23, 2014, Deadline for REU Site proposals requiring access to Antarctica. All other REU Site proposals must be submitted to the August REU deadline.

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News See All
President Obama talks with PECASE recipients at the White House. Early Career Scientists and Engineers receive highest honor from the White House
Released April 16, 2014
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Lunar eclipse, April 15, 2014. Red moon at night; stargazer's delight
Released April 15, 2014
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NSF's 2014 Alan T. Waterman Awardee Feng Zhang. The National Science Foundation names Feng Zhang its Alan T. Waterman Awardee for 2014
Released April 14, 2014
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Photo of stars in the sky and the comet ISON Global perspectives on a comet
Released April 14, 2014
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Silouhette of person and telescope Comet ISON Challenge
Released April 14, 2014
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Events Calendar See All

April 22, 2014  - April 23, 2014
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Panel Meeting

May 12, 2014  - May 13, 2014
Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Panel Meeting

June 10, 2014
Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC)
Advisory Committee Meeting

June 23, 2014  - June 24, 2014
NSF Grants Conference - Denver, CO

July 18, 2014
MPS Advisory Committee Meeting (MPSAC)
Advisory Committee Meeting

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Investing in Science, Engineering, and Education for the Nation's Future - National Science Foundation Strategic Plan for 2014-2018
General Programmatic Terms and Conditions (PTCs) for the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science (OEC) (NSF 13-558) Cooperative Agreement(s)
Dear Colleague Letter: Sequestration Effects on MPS
Important Notice to Presidents of Universities and Colleges and Heads of Other National Science Foundation Awardee Organizations: Transparency and Accountability at NSF
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