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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 LSST: A new era for astronomy.

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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

Scalable Nanomanufacturing
(NSF  15-507) Posted October 22, 2014

Major Research Instrumentation Program:
(NSF  15-504) Posted October 15, 2014

EMERGING FRONTIERS IN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION 2015
(NSF  15-502) Posted October 2, 2014

Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials
(NSF  14-606) Posted August 29, 2014

Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
(NSF  14-600) Posted August 13, 2014

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects
(NSF  14-576) Full Proposal: October 29, 2014, Experimental Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics; Nuclear Physics; Elementary Particle Physics; Particle Astrophysics; Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics; Gravitational Physics; and Education and Interdisciplinary Research

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  14-590) Full Proposal: October 29, 2014, Engineering; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Materials Research

LIGO Research Support
(PD  13-1252) Full Proposal: October 29, 2014, PHY Target Date

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  14-590) Full Proposal: October 30, 2014, Mathematical Sciences; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy

Biomaterials
(PD  06-7623) Full Proposal: October 31, 2014

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News See All
microscopic particles that bind Goldilocks principle wrong for particle assembly: Too hot and too cold is just right
Released October 20, 2014
News From the Field
measurements of polarization POLARBEAR detects curls in the Universe's oldest light
Released October 20, 2014
News From the Field
a computer chip on a device Sustainable chemistry center works to transform electronics manufacturing
Released October 20, 2014
Science Nation
Nobel Prize 2014 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry and Economics supported by the National Science Foundation
Released October 16, 2014
Press Release
A researcher in protective gear works in a lab. NSF invites proposals for Ebola-related fundamental research
Released October 16, 2014
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Events Calendar See All

October 27, 2014
Science at the Timescale of the Electron
Lecture

November 3, 2014
MPS Advisory Committee Meeting (MPSAC)
Advisory Committee Meeting

November 4, 2014
MPS Advisory Committee Meeting (MPSAC)
Advisory Committee Meeting

November 6, 2014
Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering
Advisory Committee Meeting

November 17, 2014
Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC)
Advisory Committee Meeting

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Publications See All
Division of Chemistry Newsletter, September 2014, Issue 21
The National Science Foundation's Merit Review Process Fiscal Year 2013 Digest
Dear Colleague Letter: FY 2015 Clean Energy Technologies Funding Opportunities
General Programmatic Terms and Conditions (PTCs) for the CISE Research Infrastructure: Mid-Scale Infrastructure - NSFCloud (CRI: NSFCloud) (NSF 13-602) Cooperative Agreement(s)
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