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The NSF Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC) program supports university-based centers and institutes 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 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; (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 pm Friday, July 13, 2007. Letters of intent should include a 3-page summary of the proposed project which describes (1) the potential for a profound advance in physics; (2) activities aimed at enhancing education, diversity, and public outreach; (3) potential for broader impacts; and (4) a rationale to justify a center- or institute-like approach.


PFC awards are expected to range in size between $1.0 million/year and $4.5 million/year, with an average award size of approximately $2M/year. The number of awards in FY 2008 is expected to be in the range 5-7, depending upon the availability of funds and the quality of proposals received. Awards will be made for five years, with an option for a one-year extension, contingent on satisfactory review, during which the PFC is eligible to apply for renewal.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, July 13, 2007

Sponsor Deadline:

A required preliminary proposal is due by August 29, 2007.
The deadline for submission of full proposals is January 30, 2008.

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This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in physical and life science disciplines. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

All limited submission announcements can be tracked by deadline via the Calendar at or by announcement date via the Limited Submissions listing at

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