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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 quantum information science.

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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

Enriched Doctoral Training in the Mathematical Sciences
(NSF  14-589) Posted July 29, 2014

Partnerships for International Research and Education
(NSF  14-587) Posted July 21, 2014

Research Training Groups in the Mathematical Sciences
(NSF  14-585) Posted July 15, 2014

Centers for Chemical Innovation
(NSF  14-583) Posted July 10, 2014

Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
(NSF  14-582) Posted July 10, 2014

Upcoming Due Dates See All

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  14-558) Full Proposal: August 5, 2014

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
(NSF  14-573) Letter of Intent: August 11, 2014, Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks: Institutions of Higher Education (PLAN IHE)

International Research Experiences for Students
(NSF  12-551) Full Proposal: August 19, 2014

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
(NSF  14-573) Letter of Intent: August 20, 2014, Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks: STEM Disciplines (PLAN D)

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(NSF  13-542) Full Proposal: August 27, 2014, Deadline for REU Site proposals except those requiring access to Antarctica

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News See All
image of a fingerprint, computer parts and sequence of numbers Expanding the breadth and impact of cybersecurity and privacy research
Released July 31, 2014
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ALMA data of HK Tau shown in a composite image Young binary star system may form planets with weird and wild orbits
Released July 30, 2014
News From the Field
chemistry graphic New class of materials could power memory devices
Released July 24, 2014
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Updated July 23, 2014
Nitin Samarth works with the machine in his lab The birth of topological spintronics
Released July 23, 2014
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August 11, 2014
NSF at the American Chemical Society Meeting
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August 18, 2014
Workshop for a Future Nanotechnology Infrastructure Support Program
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August 19, 2014
Workshop for a Future Nanotechnology Infrastructure Support Program
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October 6, 2014  - October 7, 2014
NSF Grants Conference - Arlington, VA
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November 3, 2014
MPS Advisory Committee Meeting (MPSAC)
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