Application deadline: 31 October 2022

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation along with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, and the Simons Foundation invite applications to a one-time call for proposals aimed at advancing fundamental physics by funding small-scale experiments that explore physics which has typically been explored at large-scale facilities (e.g., CERN, LIGO).

The funding is intended to support high-risk and potentially high-return small-scale experimental projects aimed at new ambitious discoveries beyond the current frontier of fundamental physics. "Small-scale" refers to table-top size experiments or ones that could fit in a typical university physics research lab. Examples of such projects include, but are not limited to, tests of basic principles of quantum physics, tests of interaction laws and established symmetry principles, and searches for new particles.

Applications may be submitted by established national or international, public or private educational institutions or stand-alone research centers. PIs and co-Investigators must have a Ph.D. and a tenure-track or tenured position (or equivalent) at the time of application. There are no citizenship or department requirements for PIs. Applications from scientists from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

Application process

Applicants must submit by email a brief letter of intent (LOI) describing the proposed research. The deadline for submitting the LOI is 31 October 2022. More details about this call are available in the request for applications and frequently asked questions documents.

Any questions should be addressed to Liz Roy at

Request for Letters of Intent Small-Scale Experiments for Fundamental Physics



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