Oregon State University

Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC)

NSF 13-559


The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation (NSF) – Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC) 2013 program.

Research Office Letter of Intent submission deadline: Friday, May 10, 2013

Synopsis of Program:

The 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.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: No more than two preliminary proposals may be submitted by any one institution.

In an effort to provide the highest level of excellence and viability for funding, a review process will be put in place if more than one proposal is submitted. The finalist will be asked to represent Oregon State University and to submit their proposal to the NSF – PFC program by the NSF deadline of August 5, 2013.

Information:  Mary Phillips at mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390

Guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office:

  • Title of Project
  • Program Title
  • PI/Co-PI, include Department and College
  • Brief overview of the PFC project as a whole, including a concise rationale for establishing the PFC, and an outline of the existing and planned capabilities of the participating institutions in physics research and education
  • Brief description of pertinent achievements under prior NSF support, where applicable
  • Brief description of each Major Activity
  • Brief description of proposed activities in education and human resource development; activities to promote broadening participation and outreach to both the scientific community and the general public; proposed collaborations with industry and/or other sectors; shared experimental facilities; international collaboration
  • Detailed budget being requested from NSF (limit one page)
  • Standard NSF style biosketch for PI (limit two pages, single-spaced, 12 pt. font)
  • Letters of intent are limited to seven pages (including budget and biosketch, single-spaced, 12 pt. font)
  • Submit electronically as a PDF document to: molly.mcferran@oregonstate.edu

Contact Info

Incentive Programs
Research Office
Oregon State University
A312 Kerr Administration
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone 541-737-8390
Fax 541-737-9041
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