Focused Research Hubs in Theoretical Physics

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Focused Research Hubs in Theoretical Physics: Focused Research Hubs in Theoretical Physics (FRHTP) are designed to enhance significant breakthroughs at an intellectual frontier of physics by providing resources beyond those available to individual investigators, so as to promote a collaborative approach to a focused topic while promoting the preparation of scientists at the beginning of their independent scientific careers. Although interdisciplinary aspects may be included, the bulk of the effort must fall within the purview of the Division of Physics. The successful hub will demonstrate: (1) the potential to advance science; (2) the enhancement of the development of early career scientists; (3) a synergy or value-added rationale that justifies a group approach.


The FRHTP will be funded for an initial duration of five years. The intent is that the research topics proposed are at the stage that the scientific goals of the hub can be achieved in the first five years of the project. The FRHTP awards will provide support only for postdoctoral researchers and hub-related activities. The FRHTP are not intended to provide additional support for senior personnel (individual PIs), graduate or undergraduate students. Instead, the FRHTP is intended to support postdoctoral researchers and enable collaborative interactions via support for travel, collaboration meetings and workshops.


Topics for the FY16 competition:


Proposals may only be submitted in the specific topic(s) listed in this solicitation, which define particular areas in theoretical physics in which the Division of Physics sees a need for a focused research hub and has reserved budget resources from the core programs that would be impacted by such a hub. Future versions of this solicitation will allow response on different theoretical physics topics. It is expected that one award will be funded in each hub topic.


The specific hub topics for this solicitation are:

<p style="padding-left: 30px;">1. Quantum Information Science (QIS)

<p style="padding-left: 60px;">A QIS focused research hub will support theoretical work to explore quantum applications that will push the frontiers of quantum-based information, transmission, and manipulation within the purview of the Division of Physics.

<p style="padding-left: 30px;">2. Theoretical Nuclear Physics (TNP)

<p style="padding-left: 60px;">A TNP focused research hub will support theoretical work in the area of Fundamental Symmetries, Neutrinos, and their applications to Nuclear Astrophysics relevant to research within the purview of the Division of Physics.

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Federal Grant Title: Focused Research Hubs in Theoretical Physics
Federal Agency Name: National Science Foundation
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: 16-501
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 47.049
CFDA Descriptions: Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Current Application Deadline: Jan 22, 2016
Original Application Deadline: Jan 22, 2016
Posted Date: Oct 3, 2015
Creation Date: Oct 3, 2015
Archive Date: Feb 21, 2016
Total Program Funding: $5,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $2,500,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $1,250,000
Expected Number of Awards:
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
*Who May Submit Proposals: Proposals may only be submitted by the following:
-Universities and Colleges - Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic in
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