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EPiQS funding to boost quantum materials theory research at six universities

Courtesy of N. Peter Armitage
March 5, 2014
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A major objective of EPiQS is to provide funding that enables a community of top experimentalists and theorists to maximize their potential to explore, discover and understand emergent behavior of complex quantum matter.

EPiQS support for theoretical research in quantum materials focuses on postdoctoral and visiting scholars at several leading institutions in the field. By establishing Moore Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars programs, we hope to: 

  • maximize scientific productivity and enrich the overall intellectual environment at these institutions, and
  • enable some of the top young talent in theory to acquire a breadth of expertise through flexible postdoctoral appointments in which they can pursue their interests and work with multiple faculty members.

In December 2013, we solicited applications from twelve universities with demonstrated excellence in this field. After consulting with a panel of external experts, we have selected six universities for funding, and are currently developing grants with them. We used multiple criteria in the selection process, including the recent research accomplishments of respective theoretical programs and the potential impact of our funding on these programs. The selected universities are:

  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Stanford University
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of California at Santa Barbara
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

We will provide about $8 million over five years through these six awards. The grants will support Moore Postdoctoral Theory Scholars for appointments of up to three years and Moore Visiting Scholars for appointments ranging from a few months to one year. We anticipate that about 25 postdoctoral scholars will be trained and about a dozen visiting scholars will be hosted within this grant portfolio.