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Physics (PHY)

PHY Uses Solicitation for Investigator Proposals

The Physics Division uses a solicitation (NSF 16-566) that covers all its programs.  The solicitation follows the Grant Proposal Guide, but has additional requirements that pertain to one or more of the following: significant instrumentation development, long-term efforts, letters of collaboration, and proposers who anticipate having multiple sources of support,  The solicitation also has deadlines instead of target dates. All proposals submitted to the Physics Division that are not governed by another solicitation (such as CAREER) should be submitted to this solicitation; otherwise they will be returned without review.

Special Announcements

Dear Colleague Letter: Submission of proposals to NSF programs that address the interdisciplinary topic of theoretical physics approaches to cancer biology (NSF 16-016)

Dear Colleague Letter – Optics and Photonics (NSF 14-091)

ISS PK-4 Dusty Plasma facility: NASA/NSF solicitation

The NSF Directorates for Mathematical & Physical Sciences and for Geosciences, the NSF Office of International Science and Engineering, jointly with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, have issued a Research Announcement: Research Opportunities in Fundamental Physics - NASA/NSF Partnership on Science of Dusty Plasmas: Utilizing the PK-4 Facility on board the International Space Station. This Research Announcement solicits science research proposals from U.S. investigators for research that can be performed on or is directly related to the joint European Space Agency – Russian Federal Space Agency Plasma Krystall-4 (PK-4) experimental facility on board the International Space Station.  The Research Announcement also solicits research proposals for ground investigations related to potential follow-on microgravity experiments to study properties of dusty plasmas and related strongly-coupled many-body systems. Participation is open to all categories of U.S. institutions, including educational institutions, industry, nonprofit organizations, and Government agencies.

DFG collaboration on Gravitational Physics

The Physics Division has issued a Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 15-033) to announce a new opportunity for collaborations between US groups and their German counterparts on Gravitational Physics. The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and NSF have recently signed a lead agency agreement that outlines a joint co-review process for projects from international collaborations in the areas described in the Gravitational Physics programs. These proposals will be reviewed in competition with other proposals received in the same submission window by one of the agencies which will serve as the lead agency. Note that there are no separate funds available for these efforts; proposals must compete with all other proposals within the program and must succeed on the strengths of their intellectual merit and broader impact. The result of the review process will be shared between the agencies and support will be granted when both DFG and NSF recommendation for funding.

MPS/PHY: Advice to PIs on Data Management

NSF has published a revised version of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 11-1) that will require, in all proposals submitted , or due, on or after January 18, 2011, a supplementary document of no more than  two pages describing a Data Management Plan for the proposed research.  Fastlane will not permit submission of a proposal that is missing the Data Management Plan.  The Data Management Plan will be reviewed as part of the intellectual merit or broader impacts of the proposal, or both, as appropriate.   The goal is to provide clear, effective, and transparent implementation of the long-standing NSF Policy on Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results. 

Each Division within MPS has developed a set of information items to provide guidance to the communities served by that Division in preparing a Data Management Plan that will meet the goals of the NSF plan.  For more information on the policy and process click here.

For the NSF FAQs on this subject, click here.

Programs and Funding Opportunities

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EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS: Funding Opportunities
bullet Accelerator Science
bullet Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics - Experiment
bullet Elementary Particle Physics - Experiment  (EPP)
bullet Gravitational Physics - Experiment
bullet Integrative Activities in Physics
bullet NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
bullet Nuclear Physics - Experiment
bullet Particle Astrophysics - Experiment
bullet Physics of Living Systems  (PoLS)
THEORETICAL PHYSICS: Funding Opportunities
bullet Accelerator Science
bullet Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics - Theory
bullet Elementary Particle Physics - Theory
bullet Gravitational Physics - Theory
bullet Integrative Activities in Physics
bullet NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
bullet Nuclear Physics - Theory
bullet Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology - Theory
bullet Physics of Living Systems  (PoLS)
CISE-MPS Interdisciplinary Faculty Program in Quantum Information Science
Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)
Computational Physics
Cracking the Olfactory Code (Olfactory) Crosscutting
EMERGING FRONTIERS IN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION 2016
Focused Research Hubs in Theoretical Physics (FRHTP)
bullet Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects  (PHY)
Ideas Lab: Measuring "Big G" Challenge
LIGO Research Support
Management and Operation of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory (ICNO)
Optics and Photonics (OP) Crosscutting
Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC)
Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2-SSE&SSI) Crosscutting
Theory Institute in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

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Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects
(NSF  16-566) Posted May 13, 2016

NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
(NSF  16-564) Posted May 9, 2016

Physics Frontiers Centers
(NSF  16-561) Posted May 3, 2016

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  16-557) Posted March 31, 2016

Innovation Corps- National Innovation Network Sites Program
(NSF  16-547) Posted February 26, 2016


Upcoming Due Dates See All

Innovation Corps- National Innovation Network Sites Program
(NSF  16-547) Full Proposal: May 25, 2016

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(NSF  13-542) Full Proposal: May 27, 2016, Deadline for REU Site proposals requiring access to Antarctica. All other REU Site proposals must be submitted to the August REU deadline.

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  16-557) Letter of Intent: July 5, 2016

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  16-504) Full Proposal: July 11, 2016

Faculty Early Career Development Program
(NSF  15-555) Full Proposal: July 20, 2016, BIO, CISE, EHR


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