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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
NSF Mathematical and Physical Sciences 2014-2015 Distinguished Lecture Series
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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

Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP)
(NSF  15-580) Posted June 18, 2015

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

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace
(NSF  15-575) Posted June 1, 2015

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  15-566) Posted May 5, 2015

Computational Physics
(PD  15-7244) Posted April 28, 2015

Upcoming Due Dates See All

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  15-566) Letter of Intent: July 7, 2015

Enriched Doctoral Training in the Mathematical Sciences
(NSF  14-589) Full Proposal: July 8, 2015

Faculty Early Career Development Program
(NSF  15-555) Full Proposal: July 21, 2015, BIO, CISE, EHR

Faculty Early Career Development Program
(NSF  15-555) Full Proposal: July 22, 2015, ENG

Faculty Early Career Development Program
(NSF  15-555) Full Proposal: July 23, 2015, GEO, MPS, SBE

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News See All
A neuron is turned on by light Capitol Hill briefing on mysteries of the brain: Frontiers in neuroscience
Released July 6, 2015
Media Advisory
students with a crystal of SmB<sub>6</sub> To conduct, or to insulate? That is the question
Released July 2, 2015
News From the Field
a seahorse clinging to grass Tough tail of a seahorse may provide robotic solutions
Released July 2, 2015
News From the Field
galaxies We're not alone--but the universe may be less crowded than we think
Released July 1, 2015
News From the Field
Hubble-Spitzer mosaic of the galactic center New model of cosmic stickiness favors "Big Rip" demise of universe
Released June 30, 2015
News From the Field
Events Calendar See All

July 24, 2015
MPS Advisory Committee Meeting (MPSAC) (July 2015 Meeting has been cancelled.)
Advisory Committee Meeting

August 28, 2015
NSF Day at the University of Alaska Anchorage (POSTPONED)
Training

November 2, 2015  - November 3, 2015
NSF Grants Conference - Arlington, VA
Conference

November 12, 2015  - November 13, 2015
Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC)
Advisory Committee Meeting

January 28, 2016  - January 29, 2016
Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC)
Advisory Committee Meeting

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Publications See All
The National Science Foundation Open Government Plan 3.5 (June 2015)
General Programmatic Terms and Conditions (PTCs) for the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide - Grant Proposal Guide (PAPPG-GPG or GPG), February 2014, (NSF 14-1), Cooperative Agreement(s)
Dear Colleague Letter: FY 2016 Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials (SusChEM) Funding Opportunity
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Enriched Doctoral Training (EDT) in the Mathematical Sciences Program
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