Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NSF Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC)

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

573 882-9500 phone
573 884-8371 fax

Limited Submission Announcement

The National Science Foundation's Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC) support university-based centers and institutes to foster major breakthroughs at the intellectual frontiers of physics by providing resources 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 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, e.g., biology, quantum information science, mathematical physics, condensed matter physics, and emerging areas of physics are also included.

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; and (4) a synergy or value-added rationale that justifies a center- or institute-like approach.

Because MU is limited to two applications for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 18, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to a 3-page summary including 1) the rationale for establishing the PFC; 2) the scientific thrusts; and 3) educational, outreach and diversity activities.


$1 - $5 million per year for five years. The average award size is approximately $2.5 million per year.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, June 18, 2010

External Deadlines:

Required preliminary proposals are due August 11, 2010
Full proposals are due January 25, 2011


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