Posts Tagged ‘science funding’

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 program in Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering

Breakthroughs in computational resources and digital datasets are revolutionizing scientific research, with the past three decades having seen advances of about nine orders of magnitude in computing capability, along with deep advances in computational algorithms. These developments are enabling computational and multiscale simulations of unprecedented breadth and accuracy, and simultaneous progress in digital data collection technology is resulting in enormous datasets being generated routinely by scientific experiments and observations of natural phenomena. Thus a a scientific revolution is unfolding in the scope, use, and production of data. Read the rest of this entry »

NSF releases new solicitation for Integrative Graduate Education & Research Traineeship Program

Funding Opportunity: NSF Releases New IGERT Solicitation with a New Innovation Focus

On March 10, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released a new solicitation for the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT), which for 15 years has funded interdisciplinary graduate education programs that train students in frontier areas of research.  For the new competition, NSF is seeking to fund proposals that promote innovation among trainees and provide hands-on experience in translating research discoveries to solutions for societal challenges.  These experiences should be integrated into the interdisciplinary theme of the IGERT proposal. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. FY 2012 Budget: President Proposes Increases for Research and Education Agencies

President Obama released his budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2012 on February 14, 2011 in the midst of major changes in political leadership in Congress and an unresolved federal budget for FY 2011.  His request continues his support for federal science funding as an important component of innovation and economic recovery for the nation, providing significant increases for scientific research and development programs despite a 5-year freeze in overall spending for non-security domestic discretionary programs.  The White House proposal emphasizes the connections between federal research funding and economic outcomes – focusing on the bang for the buck rather than the knowledge benefits generally. Read the rest of this entry »