NSF FY 2002 Request: Physics and Materials Research
2002 Budget Request to Congress" details the Physics and Materials Research
Subactivity request would decline 2.1%, or $3.96 million, from $187.53
million to $183.57 million.
Within this Subactivity, the Physics Research
budget would decline 5.3%, or $6.93 million, from $131.65 million
to $124.72 million. The budget document states: "Through the redirection
of existing funds, we will provide enhanced support for Physics Frontiers
Centers, a program begun in FY 2001 to provide critical resources
and needed infrastructure to exceptionally promising new areas of
physics. Lower priority research areas will be reduced. Support for
the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, a Science and Technology
Center (STC), terminates following the normal STC sunset schedule.
Support of forefront areas of physics, with some emphasis on particle
and nuclear astrophysics, atom-level manipulation, quantum information
science, biological physics and advanced R&D towards next generation
particle accelerators and gravitational wave detectors will continue.
Education and outreach activities will receive continued emphasis:
enhancing K-12 science teacher training, integrating research and
education, and broadening the role physics plays in new and emerging
areas of research, including the training of young physicists."
Also within this Subactivity, the Facilities
budget would increase 5.3%, or $2.97 million, from $55.88 million
to $58.85 million. The budget document states: "This increase corresponds
to (1) an increase in the operating budget to make effective use of
Michigan State University's National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory's
radioactive ion beam upgrade project; (2) increased operating support
for LIGO as the detector moves towards full operations and the first
coincidence observations between LIGO's two detector sites; and (3)
a reduction of support for the Indiana University Cyclotron Facility
corresponding to partial support in the final year of operations of
that facility. Funding for the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR)
operations will remain at $19.50 million."
Research (DMR) Subactivity request would decline 2.1%, or $4.33 million,
from $209.75 million to $205.42 million.
Within this Subactivity, the Materials Research
budget would decline 4.9%, or $8.83 million, from $179.51 million
to $170.68 million. The budget document states: "New activities
will emphasize nanoscale structures and quantum control and biosystems
at the nanoscale; computational materials science; and the interface
between biological systems and materials. DMR will support new activities
integrating materials research and education, including activities
to foster enhanced international cooperation in materials and initiate
an electronic Materials World Net. DMR will also increase support
for young scientists and engineers in the materials field, and respond
to diverse human resource development needs for the future workforce
in advanced materials. In order to support these new activities the
number of existing materials research projects will be reduced following
"In FY 2002, up to three new Materials Research Science and Engineering
Centers will be established through open competition in critical areas
such as nanoscale science and engineering, information technology,
and the interface between materials and biology. One International
Materials Institute will be established to foster and enhance interaction
in materials research and education between U.S. and foreign investigators.
Support for existing Centers will be reduced through competitive review.
Support for Materials Research Centers decreases by $3.31 million
to $54.25 million."
this subactivity, the Facilities budget would increase 14.9%, or $4.50
million, from $30.24 million to $34.74 million. The budget document
states: "This support includes strengthening user programs and
facilities at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL),
enabling it to properly maintain and upgrade its unique set of continuous
and pulsed-field magnets for users across a wide range of disciplines.
DMR will also provide $1.0 million to support enhanced capabilities
at the Center for High Resolution Neutron Scattering at the National
Institute of Standards and Technology, and at the Synchrotron Radiation
Center at the University of Wisconsin."
will be the last year of DMR's supported design and development activities
at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory."
Richard M. Jones
Government Relations Division
American Institute of Physics email@example.com