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.
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.
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.
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