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OSP FO# 11-227

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS)/Division of Physics (PHY)/Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST)/Directorate for Engineering (ENG)/Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET)/Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)/Division of Atmospheric Sciences (AGS)/US Department of Energy (DOE)

PROGRAM: NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to enhance research and education in plasma science by coordinating efforts and combining resources of the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy. The focus of this program is on fundamental issues of plasma science and engineering that can have an impact in other areas or disciplines in which improved basic understanding of the plasma state is needed. Proposals should discuss effective ways in which education is integrated within the research programs. Some of the general research areas which are included are:

  • chaos, turbulence and structure in plasmas
  • strongly coupled coulomb systems in plasmas
  • dusty plasmas
  • non-neutral plasmas
  • flows in plasmas, their interaction and interpenetration
  • plasmas in magnetic fields
  • intense field matter interactions in plasmas
  • advanced methods for plasma modeling and simulation
  • control of plasma processes
  • plasma transport and surface interactions and plasma diagnostics
  • plasma modification, synthesis and processing of materials
  • atmospheric pressure plasmas and microplasmas
  • plasmas in environmental science and technology
  • astrophysical and solar plasmas, plasmas in interplanetary space, earth and other planetary magnetospheres and atmospheres
  • plasma science and engineering experiments designed to use the LAPD at the Basic Plasma Science Facility (BaPSF) at UCLA

Please see the program announcement for further program details.

TARGET DATE: October 7, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF and DOE anticipate providing $2 million to support 30-35 awards. Awards will range from $25,000 to $250,000 per year for up to three years.

Steven J. Gitomer, Program Director
Division of Physics
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1015 N
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-2183
Fax: (703) 292-9078
Email: sgitomer@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09596/nsf09596.htm

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via FastLane. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu)in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP web site at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. In addition, for investigators interested in submitting proposals via Grants.gov, NSF has published the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide which may be found online at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either FastLane or Grants.gov.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 09-596 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.