The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation (NSF) – Theory Institute in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 2014 program.
ORD Letter of Intent submission deadline: October 13, 2014
Agency Deadline: December 8, 2014
Anticipated Funding Amount: $2.5 - 5,000,000
Estimated Number of Awards: 1
Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1
The Theory Institute in Atomic, Molecular and Optical (AMO) Physics will be a center to advance theoretical AMO physics and lead in motivating and explaining new experimental work in AMO and other areas of science. The goal of this institute is to foster cutting edge research, serve as a focus for theoretical AMO science, and to enhance the visibility of the field. It will bring together diverse groups both inside and outside of the AMO community to promote connections leading to frontier science, while fostering a vibrant environment at all levels from student to senior investigator. Funding for the institute is designed to foster major breakthroughs at the intellectual frontier of AMO physics by providing resources beyond those 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. Although interdisciplinary aspects may be included, the bulk of the effort must fall within theoretical atomic, molecular, and optical physics within the purview of the Division of Physics. The successful institute will demonstrate: (1) the potential to advance AMO science; (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.
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-Theory Institute in AMO Physics program by the NSF deadline of December 8, 2014.
Information: Mary Phillips, Director, Office for Research Development at firstname.lastname@example.org
General guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office:
COVER SHEET (1 page)
PROJECT DESCRIPTION (1 - 4 pages)
Suggested Reviewers: (1 page) Optional – but as you write envision who might be a reviewer of your proposal or the Program Officer.