Advancing the frontier of experimental physics

The Experimental Physics Investigators Initiative was established to help the next generation of scientific leaders achieve remarkable physics insights and open new frontiers. 

The goal of the Experimental Physics Investigators Initiative is to provide substantial funding to our investigators over an extended period. This allows creative individuals to pursue exciting research goals, try new ideas, and explore areas that might not otherwise attract this level and duration of financial support  from conventional funding sources. Each investigator receives $1,250,000 over five years. 

We employ a two-stage proposal process and typically advance about 50% of submissions to our full-proposal stage and fund about a third of these each year. The pre-proposal is short and simple – applicants submit ORCID data, and a two-page outline of their ideas. Individuals from any United States nonprofit or public academic or research institution are encouraged to apply for this opportunity.  

The goals of the initiative by the end of the eleventh year are: 

  • The 120 mid-career scientists who have received Moore Foundation funding have distinguished themselves among their peers as having made extraordinary contributions to the field of experimental physics.
  • Collaboration among these investigators has led to advances in experimental physics that would not have occurred without Moore Foundation support.
  • Supported researchers have fostered an inclusive and supportive community within their research groups and in their academic department. 

The Experimental Physics Investigators Initiative seeks to support creative individuals who have recently received tenure (or its equivalent) to tackle interesting new research problems with enough flexibility to pivot when necessary and to bring on students and a postdoc to accelerate their progress. We are committed to advancing science in highly productive research teams that embrace inclusive and equitable practices. We will also make available additional equipment funds if progress dictates a course change, and we are enabling investigators to spend time with peers in the same career stage who are probing physics frontiers with new tools and ideas to foster collaborations and out-of-the-box research ideas.

Launched in 2022, the initiative plans to support 120 mid-career scientists over six annual cohorts with an eye to evaluating our ability to have a significant impact in advancing the science among this unique group of individuals.

To date, we have funded scientists across a wide range of institutions:

  • Boston University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • City University of New York
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Emory University
  • Florida State University
  • Harvard University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue University
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of California Los Angeles

  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • University of California Santa Cruz
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Texas Austin
  • University of Vermont
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Wellesley College

 

Explore the profiles of our Experimental Physics Investigators to learn about the variety of research areas supported to date.

 

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IMPACT STATEMENT

Accelerating progress on advancing the frontier of fundamental research in experimental physics by supporting brilliant mid-career scientists. 

KEY DATA POINTS

SUPPORTING MID-CAREER PHYSICISTS

Spanning experimental physics, inspiring new ideas, enhancing careers, promoting inclusive research practices, enabling risky pursuits. 
  • first award

    Aug 2022

  • grants to date

    $47,742,010

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