To: Chairs, Departments in the Physical Sciences
From: Heather Daniels, Graduate School
Date: April 25, 2013
Subject: NSF Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC)
Nominations are due at the Graduate School on Friday, May 17; Deadline for internal competition is TBD
In an effort to facilitate the development of research proposals for this call, the Graduate School will be offering a facilitation meeting on Thursday, May 9 at 1:30 pm in 1170 Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery (WID). The goal of this meeting is to enable PIs and others interested in this request to meet each other and begin to form synergistic teams for developing a response to the call for applications. The meeting will also provide potential applicants with information regarding keys to the success of interdisciplinary applications and information regarding an IT tool that can help a team of investigators from across campus coordinate their grant planning efforts. If you are unable to attend the meeting, but are interested in participating in an Institutional Implementation or Planning grant, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC) program supports university-based centers and institutes where the collective efforts of a larger group of individuals can enable transformational advances in the most promising research areas. The program is designed to foster major breakthroughs at the intellectual frontiers of physics by providing needed resources such as combinations of talents, skills, disciplines, and/or specialized infrastructure, not usually available to individual investigators or small groups, in an environment in which the collective efforts of the larger group can be shown to be seminal to promoting significant progress in the science and the education of students. Activities supported through the program are in all sub-fields of physics within the purview of the Division of Physics: atomic, molecular, optical, plasma, elementary particle, nuclear, astro-, gravitational, and biological physics. Interdisciplinary projects at the interface between these physics areas and other disciplines and physics sub-fields are also included, although the bulk of the effort should fall within one of those areas within the purview of the Physics Division. The successful PFC activity will demonstrate: (1) the potential for a profound advance in physics; (2) creative, substantive activities aimed at enhancing education, diversity, and public outreach; (3) potential for broader impacts, e.g., impacts on other field(s) and benefits to society; (4) a synergy or value-added rationale that justifies a center- or institute-like approach.
Five year awards are expected to range in size between $1 million/year to $5 million/year.
The number of proposals UW–Madison may submit is limited to two.
This contains additional information on the program and specific application instructions, etc.
Notice of intent: Send an email message to email@example.com with "NSF PFC " by Friday, May 17, 2013 to inform us of your intention to submit a proposal. Please include the following in your email message:
PIs will be notified if an internal competition is necessary.
The NSF-PFC program solicitation will provide detailed proposal preparation and submission instructions. For the project selected, a preliminary proposal must be submitted using FastLane or Grants.gov. Information about campus procedures for FastLane or Grants.gov is posted on the RSP Web site. Full proposals are due by Monday, August 5, 2013 at 5 pm CDT.
If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact Heather Daniels (608) 263-7274 or email firstname.lastname@example.org