Calls for Initiatives

FRIB-TA Initiatives with Calls

See the full list of FRIB-TA initiatives. Follow the links here for details of the calls for specific programs:


Call for Topical Program Proposals. Deadline January 24th, 2022

FRIB-TA topical programs are focused workshops that address research topics relevant to the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. The programs bring together up to 30 theorists and experimentalists for a period of up to three weeks and typically result in a publication or whitepaper. We are now soliciting proposals for programs to run during the fall semester of 2022.

During the topical program, researchers are expected to discuss a specific problem, identify strategies to address it, and collaborate on solutions. At the end of the topical program, a deliverable must be presented to the community. The programs will be hosted at FRIB and the FRIB Theory Alliance will support local costs for participants.

Proposals need to contain a program description which outlines the scientific motivation, connection to FRIB science, and specific deliverables that demonstrate progress made during the program. Some information on participants and logistics needs to be included. Specifically, proposals need to list the names and affiliations of a diverse group of key experts who can contribute to the success of the proposed program and who intend to participate in the program for a significant fraction of time. Given the uncertainties of future events caused by the ongoing COVID pandemic, we are also asking for a brief statement on the mode(s) in which the program is expected to run (in person, virtual, or hybrid) and how that might affect outcomes. The overall proposal should not exceed four pages.

Guidelines for preparing the proposal, and a proposal template, can be found on the web site of the Theory Alliance: https://fribtheoryalliance.org/

From the Resources tab, select “Calls for Initiatives” and “Procedures for Initiatives.” Information on previous programs are available from the Science tab – select “Topical Programs.”

Proposals must be submitted by January 24th, 2022, by email to Jutta Escher (escher1@llnl.gov) and Gillian Olson (olson@frib.msu.edu). The selection will be made by the FRIB-TA Board in early February.

If you have questions, please contact Jutta Escher (escher1@llnl.gov).

Calls for Summer School Proposals. Deadline January 24th, 2022

FRIB Theory Alliance Summer Schools: Call for proposals for 2022

FRIB-TA Theory Alliance is looking for exciting topics for a short school during the summer of 2022. The school should establish bridges between FRIB theory and other fields of relevance to FRIB science by bringing together students, postdocs, and faculty of diverse backgrounds.

The summer school proposal can be very brief, containing simply a title and a short paragraph explaining the relevance of the topic. The FRIB-TA Board will consider the various suggestions and look for compelling ideas. Subsequently, the FRIB-TA Board will consult with the proposer(s) and put together a team to work on the organization of the summer school. We will take into account the uncertainties and constraints caused by the ongoing COVID pandemic.

Proposals must be submitted by January 24th, 2022, by email to Jutta Escher (escher1@llnl.gov) and Gillian Olson (olson@frib.msu.edu). The selection will be made by the FRIB-TA Board in early February. Please see https://fribtheoryalliance.org/content/summer_schools.php for previous summer schools.

If you have questions, please contact Jutta Escher (escher1@llnl.gov).


Past Calls

FRIB Bridge Faculty Call

FRIB-TA Bridge Program proposals

The FRIB Theory Alliance's (FRIB-TA) Bridge Program is one of several initiatives to foster advancements in theory associated with the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. It aims to enhance opportunities for theory faculty hires at universities or theory staff hires at national laboratories in low-energy nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, and quantum many-body theory of relevance to FRIB's scientific program.

Each bridge position will support a new faculty member at a university or a new staff member at a national laboratory, with a 50% cost-share with the host institution, for up to six years. We understand that the pandemic might create challenges (but also, perhaps, unique opportunities) for planning and executing a search, and have accordingly allowed for some flexibility in the start date. We seek proposals for bridge hires that take place as early as the summer of 2021 and up until the fall of 2022.

The FRIB-TA invites all departments at universities and national laboratories that participate in FRIB-TA science (see fribtheoryalliance.org) and are interested in partnering with the FRIB-TA in the Bridge Program to submit a proposal. Further details and guidance in preparing the proposals are available at https://fribtheoryalliance.org/content/Resources/procedures.php. For clarifications, please contact the FRIB-TA managing director Filomena Nunes (nunes@nscl.msu.edu).

The proposals should be sent electronically to the Chair of the FRIB-TA Bridge Committee, Sanjay Reddy (sareddy@uw.edu), cc to Gillian Olson (olson@frib.msu.edu), by November 30, 2020.

We intend to make the selection by January 2021. Provided funding remains available as expected, the results will be made public through the FRIB-TA web page and communicated to all applicants.

Call for Partners for the FRIB TA Theory Fellows

An important component of the FRIB-TA has been the FRIB Theory Fellow Program. FRIB Theory Fellows are highly qualified individuals with exceptional potential. They are expected to have the independence of action of faculty/staff and to develop a high-caliber research effort relevant to rare-isotope science. The initial appointment is for two years and may be extended up to a total of five years. There are currently four Fellows: one at FRIB/MSU and the others at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
The FRIB Theory Fellow Search Committee is soliciting Partner Institutions to host a FRIB Theory Fellow. If you are interested in partnering with the FRIB-TA on the fellow program, please review: National FRIB Theory Fellow program.

Please communicate your interest to Kristina Launey (klauney@lsu.edu), chair of the Search Committee, as soon as possible. The proposed time-line for the search is:

August 5: Deadline to identify Partner Institutions
August 14: Advertise FRIB Theory Fellow Position
October 5: Application Deadline
December 7 - 11: Interview FRIB Theory Fellow candidates
December 17: Select FRIB Theory Fellow

The Partner Institutions need to identify a senior researcher who will act as the local host for the Fellow. The Partner Institutions and the local hosts will be identified in the fellow position advertisement. Each Partner Institution will have a representative on the Search Committee during the interview process. These extra members of the search committee will participate in the selection of the shortlist and in all interviews. After the interviews, the representatives of the Partner Institutions on the search committee can give their assessment of each candidate but will not participate in the final selection of the Fellow. If any of the permanent members of the Search Committee represent a Partner Institution, they will be replaced by other members of the FRIB-TA in order to provide five voting members of the Search Committee.
The FRIB Theory Fellow will be an MSU employee and the Partner Institution will execute a sub-recipient agreement with MSU. The funding required from the Partner Institution to MSU is approximately $60k/year pending final negotiations. Further questions may be directed to me or to Filomena Nunes (nunes@frib.msu.edu).

FRIB-TA Topical Programs

The FRIB Theory Alliance has introduced the FRIB-TA topical programs, which will bring together up to 30 theorists and experimentalists for a period of up to three weeks to address particular issues relevant for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. Researchers are expected, during that time, to discuss the problem, identify strategies and collaborate on solutions. At the end of the topical program, a deliverable must be made available. The programs will be hosted at FRIB and the FRIB Theory Alliance will support local costs for participants.

2019 Call for Proposals

We are now soliciting proposals for programs to run in the Summer/Fall of 2019:

The proposal for topical programs should not exceed 3 pages and should contain a description of the scientific project, covering the scientific motivation, the connection to FRIB (for example through the relevance to particular experiments), and specific deliverables. It should also include the names and affiliations of critical experts that are needed for the effort to be successful and who intend to participate in the program for a significant fraction of time.

Proposals must be submitted by February 1st, 2019, by email to horowit@indiana.edu *and* olson@frib.msu.edu. The selection will be made by the FRIB-TA Board by the end of February.

Please look at the Previous ICNT programs for examples of the types of programs intended (e.g., The r-process nucleosynthesis: connecting FRIB with the cosmos). If you have questions, please contact Chuck Horowitz (horowit@indiana.edu).


FRIB Theory Fellows

An important component of the FRIB-TA has been the FRIB Theory Fellow Program. FRIB Theory Fellows are highly qualified individuals with exceptional potential. They are expected to have the independence of action of faculty/staff and to develop a high-caliber research effort relevant to rare-isotope science. The initial appointment is for two years, and may be extended up to a total of five years. There are currently two Fellows: one at FRIB/MSU and the other at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The new operating grant plans to increase the number of FRIB Theory Fellows by two. These new positions will be in concert with a Partner Institution.

The FRIB Theory Fellow Search Committee is soliciting Partner Institutions to host an FRIB Theory Fellow. If you are interested in partnering with the FRIB-TA on the fellow program, please review the FRIB-TA Theory Fellows: Guidance for Searches. Note that these guidelines have been reviewed recently.

Please communicate your interest to Charlotte Elster (elster@ohio.edu), chair of the Search Committee, as soon as possible. The proposed timeline for the search is:

  • August 5: Identify Partner Institutions
  • August 15: Advertise FRIB Theory Fellow Position
  • October 21: Deadline for applications
  • December 2-6: Interview FRIB Theory Fellow candidates
  • December 12: Select FRIB Theory Fellow

Partner Institutions will be identified in the advertisement announcing the position and need to identify a senior researcher who will act as the local host for the Fellow. Partner Institutions will have a representative on the Search Committee during the interview process. These extra members will participate in the selection of the short list and in all interviews. After the interviews, the partner institution search-committee members can give their assessment of each candidate, but will not participate in the final selection of the Fellow. If any of the permanent members of the Search Committee represent a Partner Institution, they will be replaced by another member of the FRIB-TA in order to provide five voting members of the Search Committee.

The FRIB Theory Fellow will be an MSU employee and the Partner Institution will execute a sub-recipient agreement with MSU. The funding required from the Partner Institution to MSU is approximately $60k pending final negotiations. 


FRIB Bridge Faculty program

The FRIB Theory Alliance (FRIB-TA) is a coalition of scientists from universities and national laboratories who seek to foster advancements in theory related to the diverse areas of science associated with the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. The Theory Bridge Program is one of several initiatives introduced by the FRIB-TA and aims to enhance opportunities for Theory Faculty hires at Universities or Theory Staff hires at National Laboratories, in the areas of low-energy nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, and quantum many-body theory of relevance to FRIB's scientific program. Each bridge position will support a new faculty member at a University or a new staff member at a National Laboratory with a 50% cost share with the host institution for a period of up to six years, starting as early as Spring 2020.

The FRIB-TA invites all departments at universities and national laboratories participating in FRIB-TA science (see fribtheoryalliance.org), with an interest in partnering with the FRIB-TA in the Bridge Program, to submit a proposal. Further details and guidance in preparing such proposals are available here. For any clarifications, please contact the FRIB-TA managing director (nunes@nscl.msu.edu).

The proposals should be sent electronically to the Chair of the FRIB-TA Bridge Committee, Baha Balantekin (baha@physics.wisc.edu), cc to Gillian Olson (olson@frib.msu.edu), by October 11, 2019.

Subject to the availability of funding, the results of the selection will be made public through the FRIB-TA webpage and communicated to all applicants. With this timeline, the hosting institution is expected to develop a Memorandum of Understanding with FRIB-TA and initiate a search late Fall 2019 to fill the position as early as Spring 2020.