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FAQs for NSF program Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability

Some important FAQs for the NSF program on  Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS) are available and have been updated. You can view the FAQs here.

Complete details on the program are available on the NSF site.

NSF Call for Proposals: Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF)

Dear Colleague:

The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) strongly encourages mathematicians and statisticians to participate in the 2014 NSF activity Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF).

DMREF is the main program by which NSF participates in the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) for Global Competitiveness [1], a national materials initiative.  MGI recognizes the importance of materials science to the well-being and advancement of society and aims to “deploy advanced materials at least twice as fast as possible today, at a fraction of the cost.”  It integrates all aspects of materials design, including materials discovery, development, property optimization, systems design and optimization, certification, manufacturing, and deployment, with each employing the toolset that is being developed within the materials innovation infrastructure.  The toolset will integrate synergistically advanced computational methods and visual analytics with data-enabled scientific discovery and innovative experimental techniques, aiming to revolutionize the approach to materials research and engineering.

DMREF comprises well-coordinated activities involving the Directorates of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Engineering (ENG), and Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE).  For further details and participating divisions please see NSF 14-020, the broadly aimed Dear Colleague Letter about DMREF in fiscal year 2014 [2].  As described in that Letter, success in the initiative requires a collaborative, synergistic, iterative approach that shows interactions among theory, computation, and experiments.  This approach is the central principle of MGI.  DMREF proposals will be reviewed jointly by the appropriate participating divisions.  Adherence to the aims and principles of MGI will facilitate this joint review.

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NSF Launches Search Committee for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Division Director

The NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) has announced a nationwide search to fill the position of Director, Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI, formerly the Office of Cyberinfrastructure). Formal consideration of interested applicants will begin April 2013 and continue until a selection is made.

Dr. Alan Blatecky will be finishing his term as ACI Division Director at the end of this summer. The CISE expresses appreciation for his expertise and leadership for the coordination and support of NSF’s cyberinfrastructure during his tenure.

Announcements for the search for his replacement and further details can be found on the NSF site here and on USAJOBS.

Summer 2013 Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

Undergraduates who are looking for summer research opportunities are encouraged to visit the National Science Foundation’s “Search for an REU Site” Web page at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm and click on the “Mathematical Sciences” link. Students can also find research opportunities in the mathematical sciences that have been identified by SIAM News press time, funded both by NSF and by other institutions, listed below. Read the rest of this entry »

MBI 2013 Undergraduate Research Program at Ohio State

May 20 – August 16, 2013

The goal of this MBI NSF-funded program is to introduce students to exciting new areas of mathematical biology, to involve them in collaborative research with their peers and faculty mentors, and to increase their interest in mathematical biology. The program consists of three parts – each including a mix of educational and social experiences:

The on-line registration form will require:

  • Two letters of reference
  • A ranked list of three projects that you want to participate in (see below)
  • A statement indicating your reasons for wanting to participate in this program

***To receive full consideration, completed applications must be received by January 31, 2013.***

NSF Announces New EXTREEMS-QED Program

The National Science Foundation recently announced the creation of a new program: Expeditions in Training, Research, and Education for Mathematics and Statistics through Quantitative Explorations of Data (EXTREEMS-QED. The program’s solicitation can be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12606/nsf12606.htm.

Deadline dates for EXTREEMS-QED research proposals are January 31 and November 6, 2013, and the first Wednesday in November annually thereafter.

NSF will be hosting a Webinar on the application process on October 23, 2012. More information on the Webinar can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504765.

 

New NSF Cyber-Enabled Sustainability Program

Last week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released a solicitation for a new program within the cross-foundational Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) initiative.  Supported by all seven NSF directorates and two offices, the program will fund projects that allow creative interdisciplinary partnerships to address computer and information science challenges that are associated with sustainability.  The goal is to “advance interdisciplinary research in which the science and engineering of sustainability are enabled by new advances in computing, and where computational innovation is grounded in the context of sustainability problems.”

Areas of sustainability that depend in some way on advances in computation can be addressed through the CyberSEES program.  SRC will also provide funding for proposals that address the computational aspects of “smart infrastructure,” particularly the smart electric grid.  Proposals funded by NSF will receive funding through a typical NSF grant, while funding from SRC will be provided through a contract.

Letters of Intent:  Letters of intent are required and due December 4, 2012 and the first Tuesday in December annually.

Due Dates:  Full proposals are due February 5, 2013 and the first Tuesday in February annually.

Total Funding and Award Size:  NSF anticipates making 12 to 20 awards for a total program budget of $12 million, contingent upon final appropriations from Congress.  Proposals are sought at two different levels:

This information is courtesy of the NSF website. Please find complete details here. More information about SEES can be found here.

F. Fleming Crim to head NSF Mathematical & Physical Sciences Directorate

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor F. Fleming Crim to serve as assistant director for the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS). MPS supports core research in astronomy, chemistry, physics, material science and mathematics.

Crim is the John E. Willard and Hilldale Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his group conducts research using lasers to understand chemical reaction dynamics occurring in gases and liquids.

Crim will lead a staff of 160 and an annual budget of $1.3 billion. For more information, please view the press release on the NSF website.

Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships from the NSF

The NSF’s Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSPRF) aim to support future leaders in mathematics and statistics by facilitating their participation in postdoctoral research environments that will have maximal impact on their future scientific development. Awards will support research in areas of mathematics and statistics including applications to other disciplines, with two options for awardees: Research Fellowship and Research Instructorship. Please find details here.

NSF plans realignment of CISE and OCI

NSF has announced plans for the Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI) to become a division within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) in order to maximize NSF’s science and engineering outcomes and improve operational agility. This planned transition is scheduled to begin on October 1, 2012, pending fulfillment of any statutory or other obligations.

NSF acknowledges the great achievements of OCI over the past years. Cyberinfrastructure has increasingly become a critical component of the R&D ecosystem and is essential in accelerating the pace of discovery and innovation in all fields of inquiry.  As a result, the deployment and use of cyberinfrastructure across the entire spectrum of science, engineering, and education continues to grow each year. Read the rest of this entry »