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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.

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MPS Broadening Participation

MPS has a strong commitment to broadening participation.

MPS 2014-2015 Distinguished Lecture Series
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Appointment of Dr. Carol Bessel as Deputy Division Director, Division of Chemistry (CHE)

NSF Budget Request FY 2016

FY 2016 MPS Budget Request Presentation by Fleming Crim

Mathematical & Physical Science Budget Request FY 2016

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Dear Colleague Letters

Dear Colleague Letter: SEES: Interactions of Food Systems with Water and Energy Systems NSF 15-040

MPS Graduate Research Supplement for Veterans NSF 15-024

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

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

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum
(NSF  15-550) Full Proposal: June 2, 2015

Research Training Groups in the Mathematical Sciences
(NSF  14-585) Full Proposal: June 2, 2015

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

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News See All
the viscosity of a new solvent Who needs water to assemble DNA? Non-aqueous solvent supports DNA nanotechnology
Released May 26, 2015
News From the Field
molecule used to create single-molecule diode One step closer to a single-molecule device
Released May 26, 2015
News From the Field
computer waste bunch Mission possible: This device will self-destruct when heated
Released May 21, 2015
News From the Field
domains in iron-gallium alloys New class of swelling magnets have the potential to energize the world
Released May 21, 2015
News From the Field
a simulation of a Type Ia supernova explodeding Caltech astronomers observe a supernova colliding with its companion star
Released May 20, 2015
News From the Field
Events Calendar See All

June 1, 2015  - June 2, 2015
NSF Grants Conference - Tampa, FL
Outreach

June 1, 2015
Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC)
Advisory Committee Meeting

June 17, 2015
ADVANCE IT and IT-Catalyst pre-proposal Technical Assistance Webinars
Webcast

June 23, 2015
ADVANCE IT and IT-Catalyst pre-proposal Technical Assistance Webinars
Webcast

June 29, 2015
Improving and Rewarding Openness and Reproducibility
Lecture

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Enriched Doctoral Training (EDT) in the Mathematical Sciences Program
Dear Colleague Letter: Stimulating Research on Effective Strategies in Undergraduate STEM Education at Two-Year Hispanic Serving Institutions
General Programmatic Terms and Conditions (PTCs) for the Support for Construction of Direct Detection Dark Matter Experiments in Particle Astrophysics (NSF 13-597) Cooperative Agreement(s)
NSF FY2014 Service Contract Inventory Planned Analysis Report
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