Research Management Group (RMG)

NSF 16-561 Physics Frontiers Center (PFC)

Limited award notice. Only two preliminary proposals are permitted from the institution, therefore, an internal selection process is required.


The 2016 internal deadline for this program has passed. This webpage is for your reference only.

# of preliminary proposals: 2 (see the internal submission guidelines below)

Dean of Research Office internal deadline: Wed., June 15, 2016, 5 p.m. (see internal submission guidelines below)
Preliminary proposal deadline:  August 1, 2016
Full proposal (by invitation only): Jan. 30, 2017


Existing Centers:


Amount of funding:
Individual PFC awards are expected to range in size between $1.0 million/year and $5.0 million/year.
The number of awards in FY 2017 is expected to be in the range 4-6, 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.


The Physics Frontiers Centers (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, particle astro-, gravitational, and biological physics. Interdisciplinary projects at the interface between these physics areas and other disciplines and physics sub-fields may also be considered, although the bulk of the effort must fall within one of those areas within the purview of the Division of Physics.

The successful PFC activity will demonstrate:


By Wed., June 15, 2016, 5 p.m. please submit one PDF file containing the following in the order listed below to:

Jeanne Heschele
Limited submission program coordinator, Dean of Research Office

File name: Last name_Physics_NSF-16-561.pdf

1) Title page
Name of this RFA: NSF 16-561 Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC)
Project title:
PI name, title, department, address, email, phone

2) Proposal (3-4 pages total)
Format: single-spaced, 1/2 inch margins, Font size Arial or Helvetica or larger. References and illustrations are not included in the page total.
Provide an overview of the proposed center. To the extent possible, please provide a clear rationale for and description of the proposed PFC and its potential impact. Briefly describe the institutional setting of the PFC unit, its proposed scope and organization, activities in research and education and their integration, specific efforts to promote diversity, outreach activities to the scientific community and the general public, any shared experimental facilities, any collaborative activities with industry or other sectors, links with related major research centers on or off campus, and management plan
[The PFC activity may encompass one or more MAs. A Major Activity will most frequently be a major research thrust of the unit, but may also be a large-scale effort in workshop organization, or comparable community-building activity, that advances the frontiers of physics.]

3) PI biosketch

4) Other support (pending and current)-include sponsor, term, amount of funding





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