Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects (349837)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Next deadline: Nov 18, 2024

Later deadlines: Nov 27, 2024, Dec 3, 2024, Dec 10, 2024

Grant amount: Up to US $120,000,000

Fields of work: Physics

Applicant type: For-Profit Business, Government Entity, Indigenous Group, Nonprofit, College / University

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: Preferred: United States Other eligible locations: Anywhere in the world


NOTE: All proposals are due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time. The following deadlines are specific to disciplines and topics:

  • November 20, 2023: Plasma Physics (Third Monday in November annually)
  • November 22, 2023: AMO – Theory and Experiment Gravitational Physics – Theory and Experiment LIGO Research Support Integrative Activities in Physics  (Fourth Wednesday in November annually)
  • December 05, 2023: Elementary Particle Physics – Experiment Particle Astrophysics – Experiment (First Tuesday in December annually)
  • December 12, 2023: Nuclear Physics – Theory and Experiment Elementary Particle Physics – Theory Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology – Theory Physics of Living Systems Quantum Information Science (Second Tuesday in December annually).

The Division of Physics (PHY)supports physics research and the preparation of future scientists in the nation’s colleges and universities across a broad range of physics disciplines that span scales of space and time from the largest to the smallest and the oldest to the youngest. The Division is comprised of disciplinary programs covering experimental and theoretical research in the following major subfields of physics:

  • Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics;
  • Elementary Particle Physics;
  • Gravitational Physics;
  • Integrative Activities in Physics;
  • Nuclear Physics;
  • Particle Astrophysics;
  • Physics at the Information Frontier;
  • Physics of Living Systems;
  • Plasma Physics; and
  • Quantum Information Science.

Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to consider including specific efforts to increase diversity of the physics community and broaden participation of under-represented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

The Division of Physics strongly encourages single proposal submission for possible co-review rather than submission of multiple related proposals to several programs. PIs considering submitting more than one proposal to this solicitation, or who already have an active PHY award, are encouraged to first consult with the relevant program officer(s) before preparing a new proposal. This does not apply to awards from or submissions to the MRI, REU, and/or center programs, or in cases of renewal proposals. 

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This page was last reviewed February 26, 2024 and last updated August 12, 2023