Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Sponsor Program Solicitation:
Funding Amount: $500,000-$1,000,000 per year
Duration: 5 years
Status of this Limited Submission Opportunity
NU Pre-Proposal Deadline: 10/08/2014
Sponsor Deadline: 12/08/2014
Eligibility and Nomination Requirements
Only one application per institution is allowed. If you are interested in applying, please contact Horst Wittmann (x3836) as early as possible and by October 8, submit a 2-page pre-proposal following guidelines provided in the university’s Procedure for Programs with Limited Submissions.
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.