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Snowmass 21 planning Underway, Including PCOS-related Science

27 July 2020

Over the next year, the US particle physics community will engage in Snowmass 2021 to define the most important questions for p

article physics and to identify the most promising opportunities to address these questions in a global context. In this sense, Snowmass is t

he particle-physics equivalent to the National Academies’ Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics.

The overall effort consists of 10 Frontier Fields, each containing several topical groups. Some topical groups relating to PCOS science are:

CF1. Dark Matter: Particle-like
CF3. Dark Matter: Cosmic Probes
CF4. Dark Energy and Cosmic Acceleration: The Modern Universe
CF7. Cosmic Probes of Fundamental Physics
TF9. Astro-particle physics and cosmology

Each group will organize workshops on its theme of study, which will form the basis of their recommendation to the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5). Interested parties can contribute to these workshops, accessing connection details and presentation slides through the individual topical group pages linked above. These will form the roots of the entire effort that will be based on a series of preparatory meetings organized by Snowmass conveners, starting with a Snowmass Planning Meeting: four days during the week of 5 October 2020, followed by the Snowmass Mid-term Assessment during the 2021 APS April Meeting, and ending with the Snowmass Summer Study from 11-20 July 2021 at UW Seattle.


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Program News and Announcements

16 December 2020
The 237th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, Virtually Anywhere, 11–15 January 2021, will include Physics of the Cosmos events. The PCOS AAS2021 Meeting page lists currently scheduled sessions, presentations, chats, and displays »  Details.
4 December 2020
Payloads and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon (PRISM) Step-2 Due Date. Step-2 proposals now due 3 February 2021. Step-1 proposal due date unchanged as 11 December 2020 »  Details.
4 December 2020
Release of Final text and Due Dates for ROSES Post-COVID Recovery program. Requests received by 4 January 2021 will be processed first. Final due date is 5 March 2021. »  Details.
4 December 2020
NICER seeks panel members for Cycle 3 proposal review »  Details.
4 December 2020
NASA Science seeking volunteer proposal reviewers in Earth and Space Science »  Details.
9 November 2020
SMD Community Town Hall on Tues 17 November to discuss updates to the Agency-wide science program. »  Details.
6 November 2020
NASA Fundamental Physics Program Virtual Town Hall on 3 December 2020, to discuss research priorities in advance of the Biological and Physical Sciences Division Decadal Survey. »  Details.
5 November 2020
Call for proposals for Payloads and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon (PRISM). Step-1 Proposals are due 11 December 2020. »  Details.
28 October 2020
Call for proposals on Open-Source Tools, Libraries, and Frameworks. »  Details.
28 October 2020
Revised Text and Due Date for NuSTAR General Observer Program Cycle 7. »  Details.
22 Oct 2020
Principal Investigator Launchpad workshop in Summer 2021, targeted toward researchers developing their first flight mission concepts. »  Details.
21 October 2020
Revised submission date: Applications Sought for PhysPAG Executive Committee. Submissions now due November 6. »  Details.
14 October 2020
Astrophysics Explorers Announcement of Opportunity Community Announcement »  Details.
17 September 2020
NASA announces major revisions in Astrophysics Research and Analysis opportunity. Due dates remain unchanged. »  Details.
29 July 2020
Community Announcement: Intention to Amend ROSES-20 via a Future Appendix for Payloads and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon (PRISM). »  Details.

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