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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 Detecting gravitational waves takes a team and long-game perspective.

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Dr. Deborah Lockhart, DAD, MPS/OAD

Dr. Deborah Lockhart, Deputy Assistant Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)

Dr. Angela Wilson, Division Director, CHE

Announcement of Dr. Angela Wilson, Division Director, Chemistry

MPS Broadening Participation

MPS has a strong commitment to broadening participation.

MPS 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecture Series

NSF Mathematical and Physical Sciences 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecture Series

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FY 2017 MPS Budget Request Presentation by Fleming Crim

Mathematical & Physical Science Budget Request FY 2017

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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

Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
(NSF  16-558) Posted April 20, 2016

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

Conferences and Workshops in the Mathematical Sciences
(NSF  16-550) Posted March 3, 2016

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

Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers
(NSF  16-545) Posted February 25, 2016

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum
(NSF  16-537) Full Proposal: May 3, 2016

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

Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Nodes Program
(NSF  16-539) Full Proposal: May 10, 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

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News See All
Nicholas Hud holds uracil and barbituric acid Missing links brewed in primordial puddles?
Released April 25, 2016
News From the Field
microtubules in a cardiomyocyte at rest Mechanics of a heartbeat are controlled by molecular strut in heart muscle cells
Released April 21, 2016
News From the Field
the BURST computer code Numerical simulations shed new light on early universe
Released April 21, 2016
News From the Field
Milky Way galaxy, TeV J1930+188 HAWC gamma-ray observatory reveals new look at the very-high-energy sky
Released April 18, 2016
News From the Field
Z. Valy Vardeny and Christoph Boehme A new way to get electricity from magnetism
Released April 18, 2016
News From the Field
Discoveries See All
animation showing a salamander strolling Earth's weird and wonderful animal models
Simple creatures reveal fundamental biological insights
Released  April 21, 2016

earth day infographic Infographic: Earth Day at NSF
NSF investments help us understand and protect the environment
Released  April 18, 2016

MTBI students at poster session Math for the real world
Student-driven research program applies math to thorny social and biological problems
Released  April 13, 2016

Lynden Archer with students in the lab After the Lecture
NSF-funded materials scientist Lynden Archer on batteries, diversity and the state of materials science
Released  March 16, 2016

  Pioneering women in STEM -- how many do you know?
This Women's History Month, test your knowledge of some of the most incredible scientists and engineers that have paved the way for modern scientific exploration
Released  March 11, 2016

Events Calendar See All

October 5, 2015  - May 23, 2016
NSF Distinguished Lecture Series in Mathematical and Physical Sciences for FY16

November 9, 2015  - December 9, 2016
2016 NRT Informational Webinars

May 4, 2016
Webinar: Understanding SBIR & STTR Phase I Application Process

May 12, 2016
Webinar: Understanding SBIR & STTR Phase I Application Process

May 17, 2016
Webinar: Understanding SBIR & STTR Phase I Application Process

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General Programmatic Terms and Conditions (PTCs) for the Materials Innovation Platforms (NSF 15-522) Cooperative Agreement(s)
Dear Colleague Letter: Mathematical Sciences Funding Opportunities in Sustainable Infrastructure
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