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Physics (PHY)

PHY Replaces DCL with Solicitation NSF 14-576

The Physics Division has issued a solicitation (NSF 14-576) for FY2015 that replaces its prior annual Dear Colleague Letter. The solicitation follows most of the requirements in the Grant Proposal Guide, but has additional requirements that relate primarily to proposers who anticipate having multiple sources of support, and proposals involving significant instrumentation development. 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.

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.

PHY Int'l Activities - Potential Co-Review

The Physics Division has issued a Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 14-099) to announce the guidelines for "International Activities within the Physics Division - Potential International Co-Review". The DCL outlines a possible coordinated review of projects involving international colleagues and counterpart funding organizations where a mutual review and funding process is beneficial to the advancement of Physics research. Contact with the appropriate NSF Program Officer is a necessary first step and additional time for this coordination must be allowed. Proposals requesting co-review will be competing with all other proposals in that area and must succeed on the strengths of their intellectual merit and broader impact.

Special Announcements

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

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

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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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
Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects (PHY)
bullet Accelerator Science
bullet Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics - Experiment
bullet Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics - Theory
bullet Elementary Particle Physics - Experiment  (EPP)
bullet Elementary Particle Physics - Theory
bullet Gravitational Physics - Experiment
bullet Gravitational Physics - Theory
bullet Integrative Activities in Physics
bullet Nuclear Physics - Experiment
bullet Nuclear Physics - Theory
bullet Particle Astrophysics - Experiment
bullet Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology - Theory
bullet Physics of Living Systems  (PoLS)
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 NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
bullet Nuclear Physics - Experiment
bullet Particle Astrophysics - Experiment
bullet Physics of Living Systems  (PoLS)
LIGO Research Support
Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC)
Quantum Information Science
Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - S2I2 (SI2-S2I2) Crosscutting
Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - SSE & SSI (SI2-SSE&SSI) Crosscutting
THEORETICAL PHYSICS: Funding Opportunities
bullet Accelerator Science
bullet Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics - Theory
bullet Elementary Particle Physics - Theory
bullet Gravitational Physics - Theory
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)
Theory Institute in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

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EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  15-566) Posted May 5, 2015

Computational Physics
(PD  15-7244) Posted April 28, 2015

Quantum Information Science
(PD  15-7281) Posted April 28, 2015

Faculty Early Career Development Program
(NSF  15-555) Posted March 10, 2015

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - S2I2
(NSF  15-553) Posted March 6, 2015


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Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - S2I2
(NSF  15-553) Full Proposal: June 3, 2015, Implementation Proposals

Innovation Corps Sites Program
(NSF  14-547) Full Proposal: June 9, 2015

Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
(NSF  14-600) Full Proposal: June 16, 2015

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  13-594) Letter of Intent: June 26, 2015

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - SSE & SSI
(NSF  14-520) Full Proposal: June 26, 2015, SSI proposals


News See All

Northern arm of the LIGO interferometer on Hanford facility in Richland, Washington Newly dedicated observatory to search for gravitational waves
Released May 19, 2015
Press Release
event display from the CMS Two Large Hadron Collider experiments first to observe rare subatomic process
Released May 13, 2015
News From the Field
sodium atoms diffuse out of an oven Researchers build new fermion microscope
Released May 13, 2015
News From the Field
a view of inside CERN collider Partnership for finding particles
Released May 7, 2015
Press Release
Impact of NSF 04 - 034 (OISE Change in Procedures) on PHY researchers
Updated May 27, 2005

Discoveries See All

Lisa Randall After the lecture: Extra dimensions, interacting dark matter, and the power of uncertainty
A conversation with theoretical physicist Lisa Randall
Released  April 24, 2015

LIGO advanced TACC Science powerhouses unite to help search for gravitational waves
Texas Advanced Computing Center and the Laser Interferometer Gravitation Observatory collaborate to develop data workflow for next-generation experiment
Released  December 5, 2014

gradute students , Francois Hebert, Andy Bohn and William Throwe standing in a classroom 'Blockbuster' science images
NSF-funded grad students, scientists publish research, play role in Interstellar's black hole imagery
Released  November 20, 2014

Visualization of a rotating and highly magnetized progenitor star Everything is better in 3-D
Supercomputer-powered supernova simulations shed light on distant explosions
Released  July 2, 2014

montage of images shows the evolution of a white dwarf star Cosmic slurp
Georgia Tech researchers use supercomputers to understand and predict signs of black holes swallowing stars
Released  April 14, 2014




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