Funding Opportunities

NP Early Career Opportunities & Awardees

The Office of Nuclear Physics currently participates in two major programs that emphasize support for the nuclear physicists in the early stages of their research careers.  These are the Early Career Research Program and the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).  The goals of these programs and information for potential applicants are described in detail on their web sites. 

In the tables below we provide information regarding previous NP awardees under the PECASE program.  Some information is also provided regarding awardees under the earlier Outstanding Junior Investigator (OJI) program.

Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers:

The Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, established in 1996, honors the most promising beginning researchers in the nation within their fields. Eight federal departments and agencies annually nominate scientists and engineers at the start of their careers whose work shows the greatest promise to benefit the nominating agency's mission. Participating agencies award these beginning scientists and engineers a citation, a plaque, and a commitment for five years of funding to further their research in support of critical government missions.

Provided below are the recipients where Nuclear Physics provided funding to for five years. Additional general information is available on the Office of Science web site under the Accomplishments / Awards section.

Recipients Which Nuclear Physics Awarded Funds:

YearNameLaboratoryBrief Description
2011 Peter Mueller Argonne National Laboratory …for scientific leadership in developing precision laser spectroscopy and atom trapping techniques resulting in groundbreaking insights on the charge radii of exotic light nuclei and the fundamental nature of the weak interaction via precise measurement of nuclear beta decay.
2008 Gianluigi Ciovati Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
...for his work on the dependence of cavity Q-value on accelerating gradient and the causes of degradation of Q-value at higher gradients that is making a significant impact on the international superconducting accelerator applications community; and for outstanding mentoring of graduate students.
2008 Paul Sorensen Brookhaven National Laboratory ...for original research demonstrating quark number scaling in the elliptic flow of hadrons in nucleus-nucleus collisions that together with theoretical studies indicated the formation of a new form of matter - the strongly interacting quark-gluon plasma; and for service on the governing council of the STAR experiment.
2008 Ivan Vitev Los Alamos National Laboratory ...for seminal theoretical research on energy loss in the quark-gluon plasma, providing clear insights on crucial properties of the high energy-density regime of quantum chromodynamics as explored at the Department of Energy’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider facility; and for the organization of international physics workshops and colloquia.
2007 Mickey Chiu Brookhaven National Laboratory ...For developing the use of neutral pions to identify hot, dense nuclear matter and to study transverse proton spin asymmetries; and for mentoring of graduate students in building advanced instrumentation.
2005 Daniel Bardayan Oak Ridge National Laboratory ...for innovative precision nuclear spectroscopy measurements clarifying the production of elements and radioisotopes in exploding stars, and for mentoring undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral associates as well as organizing a summer school for graduate students to explore exotic beam physics.
2004 John Arrington Argonne National Laboratory ...for his research into the quark distributions of nuclei which has provided a compelling new look into the short-range structure of nuclei
2004 Zhangbu Xu Brookhaven National Laboratory ...for his research techniques and technical developments applied to the search for a new state of matter at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, a world-class accelerator for nuclear physics
2003 Saskia Mioduszewski Brookhaven National Laboratory ...for her studies of the properties of the unusual matter formed in extremely high-energy nuclear collisions produced at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.
2002 Jeffrey C. Blackmon Oak Ridge National Laboratory ...for his pioneering work in implementing a program of measurements at the ORNL Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility with radioactive nuclear beams to understand stellar explosions.
2001 Vincent Cianciolo Oak Ridge National Laboratory ...for developing a scientific program and detector instrumentation for experiments at the Brookhaven National Laboratory to understand the existence of quark-gluon plasma
2000 Zheng-Tian Lu Argonne National Laboratory ...for the development of the Atom Trap Trace Analysis technique which has provided a powerful new tool for ultra-sensitive trace isotope analysis in fundamental research and technological applications
1998 Anthony Mezzacappa   ...for his work identifying the explosive mechanism of core-collapse and associated nucleosynthesis in supernovae
1997 David J. Dean Oak Ridge National Laboratory ...for his research in nuclear structure physics and critical contributions to the development of the Shell Model Monte Carlo methods,  making possible the extension of shell model calculations to heavier nuclei
1996 Michael Smith Oak Ridge National Laboratory ...for establishing an astrophysics program at the first facility devoted fully to radioactive ion beam physics, and for contributing to the collection and evaluation of nuclear reaction data applicable to astrophysics phenomena

Outstanding Junior Investigator Program:

The Outstanding Junior Investigator Program has been supplanted by the SC Early Career Research Program. However, through FY 2009, the Office of Nuclear Physics invited grant applications for support under the Outstanding Junior Investigator (OJI) Program in nuclear physics. This program supported the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers.

Recipients of awards: 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000

Year: 2009
Principal Investigator (PI)Institution Where AwardedResearch CategoryPI's Home Page
William Detmold College of William & Mary Nuclear Theory None
  OJI Title:  Multi-Meson Systems in Lattice QCD
Katherine L. Grzywacz-Jones University of Tennessee Nuclear Structure None
  OJI Title: Spectroscopic Studies Close to 100Sn and 132Sn Using Direct Reactions and Gamma-Ray Measurements
Anna Stasto Pennsylvania State University Nuclear Theory None
  OJI Title: QCD Description of Hadronic Interactions at High Energies

Year: 2008

Principal Investigator (PI)Institution Where AwardedResearch CategoryPI's Home Page
Alexandra Gade Michigan State University Nuclear Structure None
  OJI Title: Study of Correlation Effects in Nuclei at the Limit of Stability
Karsten Heeger University of Wisconsin, Madison Fundamental Symmetries http://www. physics. people/ faculty/kheeger/External link
  OJI Title: Measurement of Neutrino Properties With Bolometric Detectors
Bradley Plaster University of Kentucky Hadronic Physics Plaster.htmlExternal link
  OJI Title: Fundamental Electroweak and Hadronic Physics Studies of the Neutron

Year: 2007

Principal Investigator (PI)Institution Where AwardedResearch CategoryPI's Home Page
Konstantinos Orginos College of William and Mary Theory http://andros.   physics. ~kostas/External link
   OJI Title: Nuclear Physics from Lattice QCD
Thomas Papenbrock University of Tennessee Theory http://www.phy. ornl. gov/theory/  papenbro/ papenbro.htmlExternal link
  OJI Title: Structure of Rare Isotopes
Kent Paschke University of Virginia Hadronic Physics http://www.phys.   People/ personal. asp?UID=kdp2cExternal link
  OJI Title: Precision Electroweak Studies at Low Q2 Using Parity-Violating Electron-Scattering
Derek Teaney Arkansas State University Theory http:// chemistryand physics. astate. edu/teaney/External link
  OJI Title: Establishing the Transport Properties of QCD with Heavy Ion Reactions

Year: 2006

Principal Investigator (PI)Institution Where AwardedResearch CategoryPI's Home Page
Sean Fleming University of Arizona Theory http://www. physics. ~fleming/External link
  OJI Title: Effective Field Theories and Strong Interactions
Joseph Formaggio MIT Low Energy edu/physics/ people/faculty/ formaggio _ joseph. htmlExternal link
  OJI Title: Probing the Absolute Neutrino Mass Scale with the Next Generation Tritium Beta Decay Experiment
Michael Zingale Stony Brook Theory http://www.astro. mzingale/External link
  OJI Title: Multidimensional Modeling of Astrophysical Thermonuclear Explosions

Year: 2005

Principal Investigator (PI)Institution Where AwardedResearch CategoryPI's Home Page
Mark Alford Washington University Theory http://wuphys. ~alford/
high_density.htmlExternal link
  OJI Title: Color Superconductivity in High-Density Quark Matter 
Yuri Kovchegov Ohio State University Theory http://www. physics. ohio- state.  edu/~yuri/External link
  OJI Title: High Energy QCD
Thomas Mehen Duke University Theory http://www.phy. ~mehenExternal link
  OJI Title: Heavy Quarks, QCD, and Effective Field Theory

Year: 2004

Principal Investigator (PI)Institution Where AwardedResearch CategoryPI's Home Page
Joshua R. Klein University of Texas Experimental None
  OJI Title: Search for the MSW Effect and Other New Physics with the Boron-8 Solar Neutrino Spectrum
Norbert Pietralla Stony Brook University Experimental None
  OJI Title: Nuclear Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy at the Limit of Particle Spectroscopy
Julia Velkovska Vanderbilt University Experimental http://www.hep. vanderbilt. edu/~julia/ index.htmlExternal link
  OJI Title:  Multi-Gap Resistive Plate Chambers as a Time-of-Flight System for PHENIX

Year: 2003

Principal Investigator (PI)Institution Where AwardedResearch CategoryPI's Home Page
Steffen Bass Duke University Theory http://www.phy. duke. edu/ ~bass/External link
  OJI Title:  Modeling and Analysis of Ultra Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions
Shailesh Chandrasekharan Duke University Theory http://www.phy. ~sch/External link
  OJI Title:  Towards the Chiral Limit in QCD
Iain Stewart MIT Theory None
  OJI Title: Unraveling the Structure of Hadrons with Effective Field Theories of QCD
Nilanga Liyanage University of Virginia Experimental http://www.phys. virginia. edu/  People/ personal. asp? UID=nl8nExternal link
  OJI Title:  Study of Neutron Spin Structure Using Jefferson Lab Hall A Polarized 3HE Target

Year: 2002

Principal Investigator (PI)Institution Where AwardedResearch CategoryPI's Home Page
Gail McLaughlin N. Carolina State Univ. Theory None
  OJI Title:  Physics of Supernovae and Gamma Ray Bursts: Weak Interactions and Element Synthesis
Daniel R. Phillips Ohio University Theory http://www.phy. people/ faculty/ phillips.htmlExternal link
   OJI Title: Few Nucleon Systems in the Laboratory, Supernovae and the Cosmos
Thomas M. Schaefer Stony Brook University Theory None
  OJI Title: QCD, Hadrons, and Matter Under Extreme Conditions
Fuqiang Wang Purdue University Experimental http://www.physics. faculty/wang/External link
    OJI Title:  Systematic Studies of Heavy Ion Collisions to Search for the Quark-Gluon Plasma
Ingo Wiendenhoever Florida State University Experimental None
  OJI Title:  Spectroscopy of Resonances in the Astrophysical

Year: 2001

Principal Investigator (PI)Institution
Research CategoryPI's Home Page
Gunther Roland MIT Experimental None
  OJI Title: Event-by-Event Physics with the PHOBOS Detector at RHIC
Michael Romalis Univ. of Washington Experimental None
  OJI Title: Search for a Permanent Electric Dipole Moment in Liquid 129Xe
Mikhail Stephanov Univ. of Illinois Theory None
  OJI Title: Dense and Baryon-Rich Matter
Van Kolck 
Univ. of Arizona Theory None
  OJI Title: Effective Theories of the Strong Interaction

Year: 2000

Principal Investigator (PI)Institution Where AwardedResearch CategoryPI's Home Page
Todd Averett College of William and Mary Experimental None
  OJI Title:  Neutron Structure Studies Using Polarized Helium-3
Haiyan Gao MIT Experimental None
   OJI Title:  A Novel Laser-Driven Polarized H/D Internal Gas Target 
  Columbia University Experimental None
  OJI Title:  A Level-2 Trigger for Di- Measurements in the PHENIX at RHIC
Yong-Zhong Qian Univ. of Minnesota Theory None
   OJI Title:  Nuclear Physics of Core -Collapse Supernovae
Dam Thanh Son Columbia University Theory None
  OJI Title:  Matter in Extreme Conditions

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