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Physics (PHY)

PHY Replaces DCL with Solicitation NSF 14-576

The Physics Division has issued a solicitation (NSF 14-576) for FY2015 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 proposers who anticipate having multiple sources of support, and proposals involving significant instrumentation development. 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.

PHY Int'l Activities - Potential Co-Review

The Physics Division has issued a Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 14-009) 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 - Opportunity to Request Instrumentation Funding for Midscale Level Instrumentation in Physics Division (NSF 14-116)

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)
EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS: Funding Opportunities
bullet Accelerator Science
bullet Experimental Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics
bullet Experimental Elementary Particle Physics  (EPP)
bullet Experimental Gravitational Physics
bullet Experimental Nuclear Physics
bullet NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
bullet Particle Astrophysics  (PA)
bullet Physics at the Information Frontier  (PIF)
bullet Physics of Living Systems  (PoLS)
LIGO Research Support
Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC)
Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - SSE & SSI (SI2-SSE&SSI) Crosscutting
THEORETICAL PHYSICS: Funding Opportunities
bullet Accelerator Science
bullet NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
bullet Physics at the Information Frontier  (PIF)
bullet Physics of Living Systems  (PoLS)
bullet Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics  (TAMOP)
bullet Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics
bullet Theoretical Gravitational Physics
bullet Theoretical Nuclear Physics
bullet Theoretical Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology
Theory Institute in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

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Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

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

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  14-590) Posted August 1, 2014

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

Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions:
(NSF  14-579) Posted July 1, 2014

Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects
(NSF  14-576) Posted June 17, 2014


Upcoming Due Dates See All

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
(NSF  14-573) Full Proposal: September 22, 2014, Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks: Institutions of Higher Education (PLAN IHE)

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  13-594) Full Proposal: September 26, 2014, Planning Grant and Full Center Proposal

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering
(PD  12-8084) Full Proposal: September 30, 2014, 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) Full Proposal: October 3, 2014, Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks: STEM Disciplines (PLAN D)

NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
(NSF  13-596) Full Proposal: October 3, 2014


News See All

Illustration of a minimal surface from a mathematical optimization problem. 2014-2015 NSF distinguished lectures in mathematical and physical sciences
Released September 15, 2014
Media Advisory
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Released September 8, 2014
Press Release
Andrea Pocar Detecting neutrinos, physicists look into the heart of the sun
Released August 27, 2014
News From the Field
a Fermilab scientist works on the laser beams Do we live in a 2-D hologram?
Released August 26, 2014
News From the Field
Impact of NSF 04 - 034 (OISE Change in Procedures) on PHY researchers
Updated May 27, 2005

Discoveries See All

Visualization of a rotating and highly magnetized progenitor star Everything is better in 3-D
Supercomputer-powered supernova simulations shed light on distant explosions
Released  July 2, 2014

montage of images shows the evolution of a white dwarf star Cosmic slurp
Georgia Tech researchers use supercomputers to understand and predict signs of black holes swallowing stars
Released  April 14, 2014

 the Large Hadron Collider. Catching the Fever
Particle Fever discovers the human element to physics
Released  March 14, 2014

Partha Mitra is contributing to the construction of the first 3-D map of the mouse brain. NSF-funded researchers describe their cutting-edge brain research
Why and how are researchers studying the brains of mice, octopuses, zebra fish, frogs, lizards and cichlid fish?
Released  February 6, 2014

sequence of images showing how a dog drinks water Scientists apply biological behavior to human engineering
Study of animals' water drinking motions could lead to better water pumps and new insights into locomotion and propulsion
Released  January 24, 2014




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