The Experimental Physics Investigators Initiative recognizes the need for support at a time in a researcher’s career when they can be creative and productive but may feel hampered when their early-career funding dries up. The initiative will provide significant funding to enable researchers to venture in new directions that have the potential to transform the field, organize efforts to bring scholars together to help encourage new ideas and collaborations, and reinforce and help group leaders build a productive and inclusive research culture in their labs and within their department and university.  

Each grant will provide $250,000 per year for five years with additional funds available for research equipment. This amount includes a 12.5% indirect cost allowance on eligible expenses. Grants will be made to the applicant’s non-profit or public university or research institution. 

Investigators must have earned tenure (or equivalent) at their U.S. institution and be within four years of that appointment at the time of application. The department will be asked to limit service requirements of the principal investigator (e.g., service on committees) and some teaching buyout is allowed, yet we expect that the successful grantee will teach and advise students.  

Application information 

Applications for 2022 are closed. Subscribe to stay informed of upcoming calls for proposals.   

Selection of experimental physics investigators will use a two-stage process. In the first stage, we invite individuals from U.S. institutions to submit pre-proposals.

Pre-proposals will include CV information, current and pending support, and a short essay on your proposed research directions. Data fields in the CV will be entered individually to allow identifying information to be withheld in the selection process to reduce bias. In addition, we are asking all applicants to write research summaries without identifying information.  

Proposals will be reviewed by Moore Foundation staff in consultation with an external advisory board and a limited number will advance to the second stage. In the second stage, individuals will be invited to submit a more complete research proposal, an engagement plan that describes how the applicant is creating equitable and inclusive research groups and advancing these issues in their department and university, a budget, a letter from your department chair outlining your engagement with the department and service and teaching loads, a transmittal letter from the applicant’s university or institution, and a recommended list of reviewers (suggested and excluded with rationale). CV information will be carried forward from the pre-proposal. We anticipate providing at least four weeks between notification and the deadline for final submission. 

A frequently asked questions document provides answers to many questions. If you have additional questions or concerns that are not covered in the FAQ, please contact us at  


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