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About Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS)

The Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS) Program is one of three focused programs contained within NASA's Astrophysics Division (APD), together with Cosmic Origins (COR) and the Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP). PCOS lies at the intersection of physics and astronomy. Its purpose is to explore some of the most fundamental questions regarding the physical forces and laws of the universe: the validity of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and the nature of spacetime, the behavior of matter and energy in extreme environments, the cosmological parameters governing inflation and the evolution of the universe, and the nature of dark matter and dark energy.

Located at the Goddard Space Flight Center, the PCOS Program Office supports, tracks, and studies a suite of science missions and enabling technologies that focus on specific aspects of these topics. PCOS activities include:

  • Facilitating the PCOS Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG), which comprises standing Science Interest Groups (SIGs) engaged in particular branches of high-energy astrophysics, and shorter-term Science Analysis Groups (SAGs) convened to address related science and technology topics.

  • Keeping its members informed of upcoming developments and funding opportunities, both within NASA and at other agencies engaged in science and technology activities.

  • Soliciting, and prioritizing community-identified technology gaps that must be closed to enable or enhance future strategic Astrophysics missions with benefits to PCOS science. This technology gap prioritization informs APD’s strategic technology development solicitation, selection, and funding.

  • Managing funded technology projects with benefits to PCOS science.

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Program News and Announcements

4 June 2021
ROSES-2021 Payloads and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon (PRISM) DRAFT Text Released »  Details.
4 June 2021
National Science Foundation Postdoctoral and Early-Career Programs for Underrepresented Groups in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences »  Details.
4 June 2021
Gamma Ray Science Interest Group session at AAS Summer Meeting »  Details.
14 May 2021
NASA-funded Scientific Payload for CSA Lunar Rover Community Announcement »  Details.
6 May 2021
NASA Science Mission Directorate Seeks Volunteer Reviewers for Research Proposals. »  Details.
6 May 2021
NASA Opportunity for Minority Serving Institution and Non-MSI Graduate Fellowships. Proposals due 30 June 2021. »  Details.

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