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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 a new way to think about Pasteur's Quadrant.

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Mathematical & Physical Science Budget Request FY 2015

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Dear Colleague Letters

Dear Colleague Letter –Deputy Division Director, Division of Chemistry (CHE) Employment Opportunity

Dear Colleague Letter –Division Director, Division of Chemistry (CHE) Employment Opportunity

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

Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials
(NSF  14-606) Posted August 29, 2014

Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
(NSF  14-600) Posted August 13, 2014

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace
(NSF  14-599) Posted August 12, 2014

Management and Operation of the Gemini Observatory
(NSF  14-594) Posted August 7, 2014

Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future
(NSF  14-591) Posted August 1, 2014

Upcoming Due Dates See All

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
(NSF  14-573) Full Proposal: September 22, 2014, Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks: Institutions of Higher Education (PLAN IHE)

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  13-594) Full Proposal: September 26, 2014, Planning Grant and Full Center Proposal

Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters
(NSF  14-581) Letter of Intent: September 26, 2014

Chemical Catalysis
(PD  09-6884) Full Proposal: September 30, 2014

Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms (CSDM-A)
(PD  12-9101) Full Proposal: September 30, 2014, September 1-30 annually, thereafter.

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News See All
electrons in cosmic rays Finding supports model on cause of DNA's right-handed double helix
Released September 18, 2014
News From the Field
Paul Thibado Physicists heat freestanding graphene to control curvature of ripples
Released September 18, 2014
News From the Field
a typical example of a disk galaxy Creating pancakes using galaxy collisions--violent origins of disk galaxies probed by radio telescopes
Released September 17, 2014
News From the Field
cobalt oxide mesoporous nanospheres Engineering longer-lived batteries for electric vehicles and other high-power applications
Released September 17, 2014
News From the Field
Avner Friedman Math model designed to replace invasive kidney biopsy for lupus patients
Released September 17, 2014
News From the Field
Events Calendar See All

September 23, 2014  - September 24, 2014
Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education
Advisory Committee Meeting

September 23, 2014
Webinar on Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED)
Webcast

September 30, 2014
Science and University Development in China: Some Personal Observations
Lecture

October 6, 2014  - October 7, 2014
NSF Grants Conference - Arlington, VA
Outreach

November 3, 2014
MPS Advisory Committee Meeting (MPSAC)
Advisory Committee Meeting

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Dear Colleague Letter: FY 2015 Clean Energy Technologies Funding Opportunities
General Programmatic Terms and Conditions (PTCs) for the CISE Research Infrastructure: Mid-Scale Infrastructure - NSFCloud (CRI: NSFCloud) (NSF 13-602) Cooperative Agreement(s)
Dear Colleague Letter - International Activities within the Physics Division - Potential International Co-Review
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
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