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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.

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)
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 - 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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NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
(NSF  15-601) Posted August 19, 2015

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  15-597) Posted August 3, 2015

Ideas Lab: Measuring "Big G" Challenge
(NSF  15-591) Posted July 28, 2015

Management and Operation of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory (ICNO)
(NSF  15-587) Posted July 8, 2015

Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects
(NSF  15-579) Posted June 18, 2015


Upcoming Due Dates See All

Ideas Lab: Measuring "Big G" Challenge
(NSF  15-591) Preliminary Proposal: September 21, 2015

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering
(PD  12-8084) Full Proposal: September 30, 2015, All proposals to the Division of Chemistry - Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
(NSF  14-573) Letter of Intent: October 5, 2015, Institutional Transformation Catalyst (IT Catalyst)

Management and Operation of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory (ICNO)
(NSF  15-587) Full Proposal: October 7, 2015

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  15-597) Full Proposal: October 26, 2015, Geosciences; Life Sciences


News See All

quantum motion device Seeing quantum motion
Released August 28, 2015
News From the Field
event display from the LHCb experiment Evidence suggests subatomic particles could defy the standard model
Released August 27, 2015
News From the Field
A recording of a neutrino event superimposed on an image of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory Antarctic detector confirms observation of cosmic neutrinos
Released August 20, 2015
Press Release
physics graphic A detector shines in search for dark matter
Released August 20, 2015
News From the Field
Impact of NSF 04 - 034 (OISE Change in Procedures) on PHY researchers
Updated May 27, 2005

Discoveries See All

Students adjust the target wheel and detectors near a beam outlet Nuclear physics technique helps companies detect dangerous compound
Scientist develops new approach to rapidly identify toxic compounds in everyday materials such as clothing
Released  August 17, 2015

UK National Physical Laboratory cesium fountain clock Precious time
The challenge of building a better atomic clock and why it matters
Released  June 24, 2015

a clock, laser beems and frequency combs Combing frequencies
NSF-funded center provides spectrum of new research, technology
Released  June 23, 2015

ytterbium atoms On the road to ubiquity
NSF support of laser research
Released  June 18, 2015

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




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