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MPS Planning

A Living Document


To make discoveries about the Universe and the laws that govern it; to create new knowledge, materials, and instruments which promote progress across science and engineering; to prepare the next generation of scientists through research, and to share the excitement of exploring the unknown with the nation.

Charting the evolution of the Universe from the Big Bang to habitable planets and beyond Understanding the fundamental nature of space, time, matter, and energy Creating the molecules and materials that will transform the 21st century Developing tools for discovery and innovation throughout science and engineering Understanding how microscopic processes enable and shape the complex behavior of the living world Discovering mathematical structures and promoting new connections between mathematics and the sciences Conducting basic research that provides the foundation for our national health, prosperity, and security

Beyond the Scientific Themes

MPS Divisions and Priority Areas Facilities and Mid-Scale Projects Preparing the Next Generation Cyberscience and Cyberinfrastructure Connections

Issues for Discussion

Setting Priorities
Across scientific themes Within scientific themes Cross-cutting emphases

Of Support: IIA, groups, centers, facilities, instrumentation, workshops Of Partnering: funding, co-funding, brokering

Appropriate attention to
The details; the big picture The near term; the long term

Connecting the above

To the MPS division structure To the NSF context

Charting the Evolution of the Universe From the Big Bang to Habitable Planets and Beyond

Where We Are
Science is at a critical point in the effort to understand how the Universe came to be and where the arrow of time points for its future. We have measured the fingerprint of the Big Bang left in the cosmic microwave background. We have begun to understand how that fingerprint grew to the vast structures of todays Universe. We have found over 100 planets orbiting other stars. Our study of stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis shows that the chemical elements in the planets and in ourselves have a much simpler beginning at the dawn of time itself. Yet the success of our quest has revealed profound gaps in our basic understanding of the nature of matter and energy. The matter that we see in the stars accounts for less than a quarter of the matter that must be present. And the evolution of the universe, and its ultimate destiny, are ruled not by mass, but by a dark energy we cannot explain. To understand these puzzles we must unite astronomy and particle physics. We are now poised to search for the constituents of dark matter in the quiet environment of deep underground laboratories; to follow the growth of structure through a cosmic census that will dwarf the output of all previous surveys; to construct telescopes that will trace the seeds of structure spawned by gravity waves less than 300,000 years after the Big Bang; and to undertake experiments that will probe the most elementary particles and the forces that rule them. We are poised to connect quarks with the cosmos.

Where We Are Going: The Big Questions

What is dark matter made of? Why is the expansion of the Universe speeding up and what is the destiny of our Universe? Did the Universe begin in a burst of inflationary expansion? How and where did the chemical elements form and how has the composition of the Universe evolved? How did planetary systems form and how common are habitable planets? When and where did the first stars form, and what were they like? How did galaxies form and how are they evolving?

Connections to the Broader Framework

Primary Divisions: AST, PHY Relevant Priority Areas: ITR, Math Facilities and Related Activities
Current: ALMA, Adaptive Optics; LIGO Future: LSST, ACT, GSMT, Underground Lab, AdvLIGO

Excites interest in science and engineering Needs instrumentation, adaptive optics people

Virtual observatory; remote observation Imaging, pattern matching Modeling and simulation

NASA, DOE, International

Most approaches to this area require major facilities
How do we take advantage of current facilities to do new types of science? What are our priorities for new facilities? How do we nurture R&D for future facilities? How do we plan for operations in the future?

How can we best invest in these opportunities in the near term, if the facilities do not come online for 5-10 years? Right now, the relevant community is fairly small. Should it grow? How?

Understanding the Fundamental Nature of Space, Time, Matter, and Energy

Where We Are
A central goal of human inquiry has been to understand the fundamental constituents of the physical world around us, and the basic physical forces and laws that govern our lives. Over the last century, a monumental intellectual synthesis has produced the standard model of particle physics, with its quarks, leptons, bosons, and so on. Yet we know that the present picture is seriously flawed. For example, astronomers have now convinced us that it does not account for the vast majority of the mass and energy of the universe. A number of new theories have been put forward to enable us to close the chapter on the Standard Model and to open a new chapter that revolutionizes our understanding of the fundamental nature of space, time, matter, and energy. Concepts like dark matter, dark energy, extra spatial dimensions, and supersymmetry challenge the limits of our understanding. A host of discovery experiments are being deployed to provide solid evidence of the new physics. These include searches for new fundamental particles and laws in high energy particle colliders, gravitational wave detectors, dark matter searches, measurements of rare processes in new sensitivity regimes, cosmic ray observatories, and more. A radically new fundamental picture of the universe and the nature of space, time, matter, and energy lies just ahead.

Where We Are Going: The Big Questions

Did Einstein have the final word on gravity? What is the full set of natures building blocks? How many space-time dimensions are there and did they emerge from something more fundamental? What are the emergent phenomena in matter at the quantum level? Is there a single, unified force and how is it described? What happens to space time when two black holes collide? What are Natures highest energy particles and how were they accelerated? What are the yet, undiscovered phases of matter?

Connections to the Broader Framework

Primary Divisions: PHY, AST Relevant Priority Areas: ITR, MATH, NANO Facilities and Related Activities
Current: LIGO Future: LHC, ICECUBE, RSVP, Advanced LIGO, Underground Lab

Excites interest in science Large collaborations can involve students at many levels, but may take years to obtain results

GRID Technology Detecting rare events in mountains of data Modeling and simulation

Connections: DOE, NASA, International

Most approaches to this area require major facilities
How do we take advantage of current facilities to do new types of science? What are our priorities for new facilities? How do we nurture R&D for future facilities? How do we plan for operations in the future? How can we best invest in these opportunities in the near term, if the facilities do not come online for 5-10 years? How do we ensure that young people in this area can make appropriate progress toward degrees?

Creating Molecules and Materials that will Transform the 21st Century
Perhaps what is most significant about materials research throughout its history is that it tended to be a major limiting factor in determining the rate at which civilization could advance - Frederick Seitz

Where We Are
How can we create new molecules and materials, and understand, predict and control the associated electronic, magnetic, optical, chemical and mechanical properties and behavior that make them useful? Today, unprecedented computational capability is converging with the development of sophisticated instruments for atomic and molecular manipulation and control, and with increasingly precise and effective techniques for fabrication and characterization of molecules and materials, to provide unique opportunities and challenges for answering this question. We are beginning to learn from and mimic nature so as to introduce new levels of hierarchical complexity that produce fundamentally different materials properties on the macro-scale. We are beginning to develop bottom-up processes through self-assembly or guided assembly to build functional molecules and materials reliably from the atomic and molecular level on up. And we see the importance of understanding and exploiting emergent phenomena in complex systems ranging from superconductors to electronic and photonic materials, catalysts, biological structures and soft-matter systems. Attacking these and similar fundamental challenges will also stimulate rapid technological change, with the potential for profound impact on society. The results will ultimately be critical to better health care, improved computers and communications, efficient manufacturing, sustainable civil infrastructure and transportation, affordable energy, effective environmental protection and remediation, and increased national security.

Where We Are Going: The Big Questions

What new materials can we create by learning from and imitating nature? How do we design and build new materials and molecules atom by atom? How can we bridge across length and time scales from atoms and molecules to complex structures and devices? How do we design and produce functional molecules and materials from first principles? What are the keys to predictive understanding and control of weak molecular interactions? Can we build molecular electronics and other devices to keep Moore's law valid?

Connections to the Broader Framework

Primary Divisions: DMR, CHE, PHY Relevant Priority Areas: NANO, ITR, MATH Facilities and Related Activities
Current: NHMFL, Beam Lines Future: Neutron beam lines; Xray sources

Requires interdisciplinary training approaches Instrumentation, measurement expertise Broadly supportive of S&E workforce development

Modeling and simulation National Nanofabrication Network

Connections: ENG, BIO, CISE, DOE, NASA, Defense, NIST, international

What is the role of facilities and midscale infrastructure?
How do we take advantage of current capabilities to do new types of science? What are our priorities for new infrastructure? How do we nurture R&D for future capabilities? How do we plan for operations in the future?

How do we strengthen and broaden the workforce in order to make the connection between basic research and national need? How do we set priorities within the portfolio?
What is the role of NANO relative to other activities in the portfolio?

Developing Tools for Discovery and Innovation throughout Science and Engineering

Where We Are
How do we see what is too small, too faint, or out of view of our human senses? How do we take in the very large or the very small in space or time when we have no point of reference? How do we measure strength, toughness, resiliency and other characteristics of materials? MPS fosters development of tools ranging from the bench top to multiuser facilities serving hundreds or thousands of researchers. These instruments open new windows into the universe, and they probe the fundamental particles of matter and the molecules and materials of modern technology. Tools developed through MPS support provide the capability for measurements of unprecedented sensitivity and range. New microscopes, light sources and neutron sources, high magnetic fields and novel spectroscopies, lasers that make it possible to manipulate individual atoms, a new generation of telescopes and instrumentation that allows astronomers to look outward in space and backward in time to the earliest epochs of galaxy formation these are examples of the cutting edge. In addition, scientists are poised to detect gravitational waves, and U.S. physicists will participate in international particle physics experiments at the highest energy frontier with detectors they developed. Two key areas provide new opportunities. The massive amounts of data generated from telescopes and detectors provide impetus for development of cyberinfrastructure and software such as grid computing and virtual observatories. At the other end of the scale, miniaturization will enable new approaches for biological and robotic applications and the exploration of new phenomena in materials.

Where We Are Going: The Big Questions

How do we image and control individual atoms and molecules in 3 dimensions How do we develop coherent x-ray light sources? What are the limits to miniaturizing sensors and other detectors? How do we create self-assembling systems at the nano-scale? How do we build detectors for new regimes -high energy, short distances, ultra weak forces, rare events, and short time scales?

Connections to the Broader Framework

Primary Divisions: AST, CHE, DMR, PHY Relevant Priority Areas: ITR, NANO, BE Facilities and Related Activities
Facilities made up of tools New tools may trigger new facilities

Broad need for experts in measurement and instrumentation development, but generally not viewed as high priority at institutions, in disciplines Need for support personnel to keep tools working

Tool for advancing MPS and other S&E disciplines

Connections: Everywhere

Increasing cost for development of tools competes with active research programs Frequently, biggest beneficiaries are not in field where the tool is developed or maintained How do we turn the need for experts in measurement and instrumentation into an action plan for generating them? Shaping the portfolio
Role of major facilities Role of mid-scale activities Reducing instrument costs for individual investigators and small groups Enabling broad use of instrumentation in education

Understanding How Microscopic Processes Enable and Shape the Complex Processes of the Living World

Where We Are
Mathematical and physical scientists are critical to understanding the origins of life and the processes that enable our continued existence. What are plausible scenarios for spontaneous organization of a mixture of chemicals into ordered, self-replicating systems such as living cells? How do physiological processes such as breathing and thinking emerge out of complex, coupled arrays of individual reactions? Through the tools of the physical sciences, we now know answers to some of the what questions the sequence of genomes, the constituents of cells, the sectors of the brains neural pathways that fire in particular circumstances, and many others. With new capabilities at the micro- and nanoscales, we are now poised to make progress on the physical and chemical bases for how and why. We can explore the 3-dimensional properties of individual molecules (including protein folding), how numerous individually-weak bonds affect interactions, the spatial distribution of intracellular proteins, the dependence on the physical and chemical environment in the aggregation of cells, and the role of dynamics in function. We can now make the measurements of many dynamic functions simultaneously in a non-intrusive manner, enabling direct observation of physical and chemical processes. We have the tools for modeling, visualization, and comparison that are critical to understanding biological systems well enough to build predictive capabilities. Mastery of the dynamics of molecular complexity in living systems will enable us to answer fundamental questions and create functional systems and technologies with great societal impact.

The Big Questions

How do proteins fold and membranes work? What are the fundamental chemical processes that underlie environmental and climate change? How does nature make proteins? What are the molecular origins of the emergent behavior that underlies life processes from heartbeats and circadian rhythms to neurological activity? How can we make chemistry greener? How do biological systems assemble themselves? How did the first biologically relevant molecules form and how did they organize into self-replicating cells? What can the laboratory of the living world tell us about emergent behavior in complex systems?

Connections to the Broader Framework

Primary Divisions: CHE, DMR, DMS, PHY Relevant Priority Areas: BE, MATH, NANO Facilities and Related Activities
Current: NHMFL, CHESS Future: ERL, XFEL, SNS Beam Lines

Requires training in interdisciplinary areas Potential for major impact on undergraduate science and on diversity because of number of students in life sciences

Modeling and simulation of complex processes Databases for proteins, genomes, etc. Imaging, pattern matching, etc.

Connections: BIO, CISE, ENG, DOE, NIH, international

How do we ensure that there is synergy?
Physical sciences use living world as laboratory. Life sciences benefit from ideas, tools, trained people in MPS fields.

How do we partner effectively?

NSF/BIO has limited scope NIH funding swamps NSF funding and could distort efforts in physical sciences

What is the potential impact on MPS disciplines of the large number of undergraduates in the life sciences
To influence the nature of introductory courses To influence the nature of advanced courses To generate undergraduate research opportunities To enhance numbers of majors in MPS disciplines

Discovering Mathematical Structures and Promoting New Connections between Mathematics and the Sciences

Where We Are
The physical world as we know it is a messy place. The road to making discoveries about that world and the laws that govern it passes through a process of abstraction making simplifying assumptions and developing theories. Mathematics is the language of science and our foundation for developing the theories that lead to understanding nature. Deep relationships between the abstract structures of mathematics often reveal new connections in the physical world. Conversely, theories of the physical world can sometimes suggest unexpected relationships between abstract mathematical structures in algebraic, geometric, analytic, and probabilistic or statistical realms. This synergy between the physical and the abstract is central to the relationship between the mathematical sciences and other disciplines. For example, seemingly disconnected issues such as structures in string theory and patterns in high dimensional data lead to similar questions about computing the topology and geometry of spaces based on limited information. Computational capabilities have provided the mathematical sciences with new opportunities to experiment and to find sometimes-elegant ways to describe very messy behavior. We are now able to approach questions related to complex nonlinear phenomena, multiscale systems, and uncertainty, stochasticity and error propagation critical to making progress both in describing abstract mathematical structures and in linking such structures to physical problems.

Where We Are Going: The Big Questions

How can uncertainty be quantified and controlled? How does complexity emerge in systems governed by simple rules? Which mathematical structures best describe multi-scale phenomena? How can we describe self-organizing systems mathematically? How can large, heterogeneous datasets be mined for information? What is the connection between simple questions about the integers and complex behavior in physical and computational systems?

Connections to the Broader Framework

Primary Divisions: DMS, theoretical aspects of all others Relevant Priority Areas: MATH, all others Facilities: Seldom an issue Workforce
Mathematics is a key underpinning for work in all areas of science and engineering Opportunity to reach a very broad range of students

Underpinning for modeling and simulation Estimates of uncertainty Algorithm development Pattern matching, data mining

Connections: all NSF; NIH, DOE, DARPA

Connection with the MATH priority area Conveying the excitement of discovering new mathematical structures Extent to which undergraduate education in mathematical sciences conveys a sense of what mathematicians do Balance between new discovery in mathematics and partnering with other disciplines New modes in support of mathematical discovery

Conducting Basic Research that Provides the Foundation for Our National Health, Prosperity, & Security

Where We Are
Homeland security, combating terrorism, cybersecurity, information technology, networking, environmental sensors and monitoring, imaging, medical devices, nanoscale devices, efficient processes for manufacturing and delivery of materials and pharmaceuticals these are among the many foci of the nations health, prosperity, and security. MPS-supported basic research has the potential to speak to the needs of all these aspects of our national interest, as well as many others that affect our daily lives. MPS works to see that the potential is reached by participating in governmentwide activities such as the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development program and the National Nanotechnology Initiative; by partnering with other agencies and other directorates in interdisciplinary activities that speak to national needs; and by asking all participants in MPS programs to articulate the potential broader impacts of their work. Most importantly, MPS investments nurture a talented, diverse, internationally competitive and globally engaged workforce that will ensure sustained technical progress and contribute to our future quality of life. MPS programs and grantees operate in an awareness of the outstanding questions related to national health, prosperity, and security, and contribute daily to their resolution.

Where We Are Going: The Big Questions

How do we push the present performance limits of engineering materials? How do we go beyond silicon electronics? Can we produce a quantum computer? Can we develop a compact sustainable energy source for widespread application? Can we understand and control high-temperature superconductivity? Can we develop the fundamental understanding needed to move from a fossil-fuel-based economy to a sustainable one?

Connections to the Broader Framework

Primary Divisions: all Relevant Priority Areas: all Facilities:
To the extent facilities push the technology envelop, all address national interests Facilities support the basic research, rather than the national interest application

MPS workforce key to enhancing security, prosperity, health of nation Need well-trained citizenry that appreciates benefits of science and technology

Eases connection from basic research to national interest

Connections: NSF-wide, federal govt, private sector

Maintaining the balance between basic science and potential national interest Appropriate role for MPS/NSF vis a vis other agencies Identifying the most effective partnering modes
Funding, co-funding, brokering, workshops

For students to participate in projects of national interest For technology transfer

Exploring effective modes of funding

Centers, groups, individual investigators

The Heart of What We Do


Perspectives by Division:
Individual investigators - unsolicited proposals (yes, all divisions) Groups (mostly yes) Centers (mixed) Facilities (mixed) Priority areas (mixed by division and specific PA generally no for fenced funding) Size: 50%-95% of divisional budget

Other definitions:
What program officers control Unfettered, discovery-driven research What pumps the whole system Outreach mechanisms how we grow What the community wants us to protect


Intellectual ferment and creativity production of new results and breakthroughs Strong community (students through senior investigators), influx of new talent, diversity Ability and flexibility to respond to new and unexpected directions & to encourage emerging areas Diversity & balance of portfolio Encouragement of risk/involves judgment of staff
To achieve the above may require new mechanisms or modalities


One size does NOT fit all! Small grants up to facilities (>$50M) Dependent on needs, quality, and type of project, e.g.,
facility vs center vs group vs individual senior vs junior investigator superstar vs star vs regular theory vs experiment issue of support personnel sizes may be discrete or a continuum, but grant sizes will be highly variable

Type and level of graduate and postdoc support varies Typical ideal award levels varied by division

Relationship with priority areas that may
Represent or advance what were already doing in the core Help to push us in new directions Change the way a community operates (more collaboration, more centers/facilities) Distort balance within the core

Modes of support for core activities Role of facilities and mid-scale projects Partnering in interdisciplinary areas Balancing risk and likely pay-off

MPS Facilities and Related Mid-Scale Projects

Instruments taking us to the frontiers of knowledge


LIGO ($33M/yr)

NRAO ($55M/yr)
VLA Green Bank VLBI

NSCL ($15M/yr)
CESR/CHESS ($23.5M/yr)
CESR (through 2008) CHESS

NOAO ($41M/yr)
Kitt Peak CTIO NSO

NHMFL ($25M/yr)

NAIC (10.6M/yr) GEMINI ($13M/yr)

Current MPS Facilities and Related Mid-Scale Projects

NRAO ($55M/yr)
VLA, Green Bank; Green Bank, VLBA

NOAO ($41M/yr)
Kitt Peak,CTIO, US Gemini, NSO

NAIC ($10.6M/yr) GEMINI ($13M/yr) LIGO ($33M/yr) NSCL ($16M/yr) CESR/CHESS ($23.5M/yr) NHMFL ($25M/yr)

Mid-Scale Projects Supporting Multiple Investigators (~$23M/year total) CHRNS SRC NNIN (MPS portion) Spectroscopy Lab ChemMatCars BIMA/OVRO/CSO/ FCRAO LAPD MiniBoone Milagro HiRes CDMS II

Facilities are us!


Start 2003; end 2011; $276M construction; est. $23M Ops

Mid-Scale Projects Supporting Multiple Investigators


Start 1998; $ end 2003; construction complete 2008; $81M construction; Ops ramp to $25M

Start 2004; end 2010; $250M construction; $10M MPS Ops

Start planned for 2005; end 2010; $144M construction; $12M Ops

Possible New Facilities MREFC Scale

Advanced LIGO
$140M; 2006 eeps*

Advanced Tech. Solar Telescope (ATST)

$160M; 2006 eeps*

Underground Lab
~$300M; 2008 eeps*

Energy Recovery Linac

R&D $40M; eeps* 2006 Const. $400M; eeps* 2011

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

R&D $14M; eeps* 2005 Const. $140M; eeps* 2008

R&D $15M; eeps* 2006 Const. $300M; eeps* 2009

Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope (GSMT)

R&D $40M; eeps* 2006 Const $900M; eeps* 2012

* eeps = estimated earliest possible start
$120M; eeps* 2012

Square Kilometer Array (SKA)

R&D $25M; eeps* 2006 Const. $1B; eeps* 2015

Decision Criteria
Scientific Excellence
Transformational; cutting Edge

Large community/interdisciplinary; essential scientific function

Technological, managerial, leadership, etc.

NSF Role
Partners, world leadership, community taps NSF, preparing the next generation, Congressional interest

Supporting R&D to get to readiness Impact of facility operations & research on other activities Retiring or transitioning current facilities Accurate assessment of life cycle costs Addressing mid-scale needs Prioritizing within divisions, across MPS, across NSF, and in the interagency and international contexts using consistent criteria and taking other needs into account

Preparing the Next Generation

Critical Workforce Issues for MPS

Need to increase the number of undergraduate students in MPS disciplines, with special attention to increasing the number of US nationals. Retention along career paths, with particular attention to transition points MPS students and scientists should reflect more closely the demographic realities of the nation.

Domestic S&E Workforce Diversity: Survival not Political Correctness

UC Physics Faculty, 2000

Face of the America, 2004

Chemistry Research Group

The number of bright foreigners in science & engineering coming to the US is dropping (visa problems, less welcoming atmosphere, good opportunities elsewhere)

Proposed Workforce Goals for MPS

Double the number of undergraduate students who have a research experience in MPS disciplines Attract talented middle and high school students and engage them in MPS discovery and learning activities, and to inspire them to pursue careers in MPS disciplines. Extend the RET activities to engage more K-12 teachers. Develop and implement an integrated research model for MPS undergraduate education Bring MPS research to 2-year institutions through content enrichment to develop and sustain interest in science and mathematics among this diverse student population.

Ready for immediate action
Enhanced undergraduate research experience

Preliminary work needed pilot programs or change in current approach

Talented middle and high school students Extend RET activities

New activities; need to design approaches

Integrated research model for MPS undergraduate education a systems approach 2-year institutions

Implementation Considerations
Integration of efforts
With communities and institutions MPS serves With types of activities MPS supports

Broadening participation
Extending beyond current communities and institutions to reach underrepresented groups

Effective partnering
With Education and Human Resources directorate

Cyberscience and Cyberinfrastructure

Developing an integrated system of hardware and software resources and services that, driven by science, enables scientists and engineers to explore important opportunities that would not otherwise be possible.

The MPS Approach: Put Science First

Identify scientific breakthroughs that are enabled (or critical science questions that could be answered) by dramatically raising capabilities in cyberinfrastructure. What kinds of investments in cyberinfrastructure are needed to achieve these opportunities (be as specific as possible)? Which of these investments are best made in MPS and which are best made collaboratively across NSF or with other agencies? Consult with the community through a workshop of experts.

Examples of the Science

Supernovae in 3 dimensions Space-time when 2 black holes collide Emergent behavior in physical and biological systems Nanoelectronic silicon devices Chemical reaction rates for experiments we cannot do in the laboratory

Identifying patterns in large data sets

Higgs supersymmetry

Cyberinfrastructure consists of
Computational engines (supercomputers, clusters, workstations, small processors, ) Mass storage (disk drives, tapes, ) Networking (including wireless, distributed, ubiquitous) Digital libraries/data bases Sensors/effectors Software (operating systems, middleware, domain specific tools/platforms for building applications, visualization) Services (education, training, consulting, user assistance) All working together in an integrated fashion.

Integrated CI System
meeting the needs of a community of communities Applications Discovery & Innovation Education and Training
Virtual Observatory High Energy Physics Protein databanks
Development Tools & Libraries Grid Services & Middleware

Domainspecific Cybertools (software)

Shared Cybertools (software)


Distributed Resources (computation, communication storage, etc.)

Keeping science first when paying for infrastructure Integrating cyberscience and cyberinfrastructure with core activities
Embracing cyberscience and associated expenses in research programs Providing appropriate cyberinfrastructure for facilities Connecting communities Preparing the next generation

Within NSF Across federal government Internationally

Challenges & Future Work

The Science Themes

Within each theme
What are our current investments? What are the priorities for new investment? What is the plan of action?

Across themes
What are potential synergies across themes? What is the context for integrating cross-cutting ideas? What is the collective plan of action?
MPS-wide and by division In the context of NSF activities Under various fiscal scenarios

Developing the FY06 Budget (& Beyond)

Workforce/Diversity Goal and Plan to achieve it Nurturing the Core Connecting to NSF-wide priorities Next Start AdvLIGO (at the NSB), ATST (almost ready) ???? Which Projects Should Receive D&D Money UG Lab? GSMT? LSST? ERL? Mid-scale projects Cyber What should OSCI be investing in for us? What should domain-CI should we be investing? What CyberScience should we be investing in?

Implementing through the Budget

Scenario planning
Fiscal scenarios tied to current environment Describing reasonable alternatives

Mechanisms to support new directions

New funding Reorientation within existing funds Combination approaches


LIGO ($33M/yr)

NRAO ($55M/yr)
VLA Green Bank VLBI

NSCL ($15M/yr)
CESR/CHESS ($23.5M/yr)
CESR (through 2008) CHESS

NOAO ($41M/yr)
Kitt Peak CTIO NSO

NHMFL ($25M/yr)

NAIC (10.6M/yr) GEMINI ($13M/yr)