Welcome to the Giant Angstrom blog. Not every topic makes it into our seminars so when we think of a topic that could use some written explanation you’ll find it here.
The NSF is divided into broad directorates like Biological Science, Engineering,Social/Behavioral/Economics Science, etc. These are divided into divisions, which are further subdivided into programs or fields of study. For example, the Math and Physical Science directorate includes divisions of Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, etc. Within the Chemistry Division are programs in Chemical Catalysis, Chemical Synthesis, etc. The Appendix to the Program Announcement contains a comprehensive list of fields: Some projects fit clearly into one field, others could fit in multiple fields. For example, a new algorithm for doing computational chemistry might be presented as a chemistry project, a staistics project, or a computer science project. Similarly, [...]