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To maximize the potential of experimentalists and theorists to make breakthrough discoveries in the field, we support experimental investigators in quantum materials and theoretical research groups at leading universities. 

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EPiQS Experimental Investigators

EPiQS investigators are given the freedom and flexibility to pursue challenging and novel research directions, which often take time to result in tangible results and may produce surprising discoveries. Many investigators work on development of novel experimental techniques to solve outstanding problems in the field. Currently, we support 19 experimental investigators through five-year grants.

Theory Centers

To boost theoretical research in the field, we currently focus on support for postdoctoral scholars and visiting scientists at academic centers with proven excellence in quantum materials. Through these awards, we aim to maximize scientific productivity and enrich the overall intellectual environment at the selected institutions. Moore postdoctoral scholars have the freedom to choose their research topics and work with multiple faculty members. Postdoctoral appointments are up to three years, while visiting scientist appointments range from a few weeks to several months. We currently provide support to six theory centers through five-year grants.

Materials Synthesis

Materials discovery and refinement are key drivers of progress in quantum materials research. Experimentalists need access to high-quality samples and the scarcity of such materials is often a major hurdle to advancing the field. We want to bolster materials synthesis and discovery and improve the academic career paths for materials synthesis scientists. We do this by supporting both senior and junior investigators through two different types of awards.

EPiQS Materials Synthesis Investigators 

Similar to experimental investigator awards, materials synthesis investigator awards have the goal of providing some of the leading researchers in materials synthesis with the freedom and support to explore new synthesis routes and discover new materials that can drive progress in the field. The anticipated outcomes of these awards are not only new types of quantum materials exhibiting novel properties, but also an increased availability of high-quality materials for the experimentalist community. This portfolio currently supports 12 synthesis experts through five-year grants.

Moore Fellows in Materials Synthesis 

We established the Moore Fellows in Materials Synthesis awards to facilitate the placement of promising early-career synthesis experts in leading U.S. academic institutions and enable these researchers to establish robust research programs in their new academic labs. Currently we support four synthesis fellows and intend to select additional fellows in the coming years.

Flexible Funding

Through this strategy, our aim is to drive innovation by elevating experimental capabilities at leading institutions and supporting projects with a potential to make breakthroughs in the field. We use two approaches to implement this strategy – equipment development grants and rapid-response grants.

Equipment Development 

With equipment grants, we support the development of sophisticated and sometimes one-of-a-kind instrumentation at institutions with active research programs in quantum materials. In funding equipment, we consider the benefits to multiple researchers at a given institution and beyond, whenever possible.  

Rapid-Response Grants

This approach enables us to seize timely opportunities to advance the field through projects with exceptionally high-potential impact. These projects may include experimental tests of novel important theoretical concepts and innovative, unconventional research endeavors that are unlikely to be supported through traditional funding channels due to their high-risk nature.

Community Building

We recognize the importance of collaboration to the scientific discovery process and to amplifying the impact of individual research efforts. That is why we focus on creating and sustaining a collaborative research community to promote the exchange of materials and knowledge. We do this through community-building activities that include:

Meetings 

To stimulate scientific collaboration and exchange we support investigator and postdoctoral symposia, as well as a variety of workshops, summer schools and other meetings, designed to bring together EPiQS grantees and other researchers in the field. 

Networking 

To strengthen cooperation within the EPiQS community and beyond, we support a scientist exchange program, institution-focused activities aimed at leveraging research grant contributions and partnerships with other programs that share a common interest in accelerating progress in the science of quantum materials. 

 

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