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Physics (PHY)

PHY Replaces DCL with Solicitation NSF 15-579

The Physics Division has issued a solicitation (NSF 15-579) for FY2016 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 that relate primarily to proposers who anticipate having multiple sources of support, proposals involving significant instrumentation development, and proposals with letters of collaboration. 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)

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)
Quantum Information Science
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

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

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

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


Upcoming Due Dates See All

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  16-504) Letter of Intent: May 9, 2016

Ideas Lab: Measuring "Big G" Challenge
(NSF  16-520) Preliminary Proposal: May 16, 2016

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

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


News See All

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Released May 2, 2016
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Released April 21, 2016
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Released April 18, 2016
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NOvA Neutrino Experiment Far Detector Probing the transforming world of neutrinos
Released April 13, 2016
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Released April 13, 2016
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Discoveries See All

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Simple creatures reveal fundamental biological insights
Released  April 21, 2016

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

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A celebration of open science and innovation
Released  September 30, 2015

Neurons of a mouse brain Video series: New strategies address one of science's greatest mysteries
36 NSF-funded research teams work to help reveal how neurons team up to produce thoughts and actions
Released  September 23, 2015

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Scientist develops new approach to rapidly identify toxic compounds in everyday materials such as clothing
Released  August 17, 2015




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