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FQXi: Foundational Questions in Physics and Cosmology

Project Leader(s)

Max Tegmark
Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anthony N. Aguirre
Department of Physics
University of California Santa Cruz

Grantee(s)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

University of California Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)

Description

This grant established the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) and the Foundational Questions Consortium (FQXc) for networking, and the sponsoring of research grants, mini-grants, contests and conferences. Their focus is on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology, particularly new frontiers and innovative ideas integral to a deep understanding of reality but unlikely to be supported by conventional funding sources.

Grant Amount:
$8,812,078
Start Date:
March 2006
End Date:
December 2009
Grant ID:
12161, 12162, 11093

Suite of 3 separate grants totaling $8,812,078

Other Participants

Grant Recipients:

Fred Adams

Department of Physics
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)

Markus Aspelmeyer, Researcher
Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (Vienna, Austria)

Dmitry Budker
Department of Physics
University of California – Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

Louis Crane
Department of Mathematics
Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS)

John Donoghue
Department of Physics
University of Massachusetts – Amherst (Amherst, MA)

Olaf Dreyer, Research Associate
Department of Physics
Imperial College (London, UK)

Richard Easther
Department of Physics
Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Steven Giddings
Department of Physics
University of California – Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)

Brian Greene
Department of Physics
Columbia University (New York, NY)

Christopher Isham
Department of Physics
Imperial College (London, UK)

Justin Khouri, Faculty
Perimeter Institute (Waterloo, Canada)

Paul Kwiat, John Bardeen Professor of Physics and of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Physics
University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL)

Matthew Leifer, Postdoctoral Fellow
Perimeter Institute (Waterloo, Canada)

Janna Levin
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Barnard College (New York, NY)

A. Garrett Lisi, member
Fractured Atlas (New York, NY)

Abraham Loeb
Department of Astronomy
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Fotini Markopoulou, Faculty
Perimeter Institute (Waterloo, Canada)

Farzad Nekoogar
Multiversal Journeys (Encino, CA)

Ken Olum
Department of Physics,
Tufts University (Medford, MA)

Ekkehard Peik, Head of Working Group
PTB 9 (Braunschweig, Germany)

Jorge Pullin, Horace C. Hearne Jr. Professor of Physics
Department of Physics
Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA)

Simon Saunders, Reader in Philosophy of Physics and University Lecturer in Philosophy of Science
Departments of Philosophy and Physics
Oxford University (Oxford, UK)

Keith Schwab
Department of Physics
Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

Sara Seager, Staff Scientist
Department of Terrestrial Magnetism
Carnegie Institution (Washington, DC)

Eva Silverstein
Department of Physics
Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Robert Spekkens, Royal Society USA/Canada Research Fellow
Cambridge University (Cambridge, UK)

Roderich Tumulka
Mathematisches Institut
Eberhard-Karls-Universität (Tübingen, Germany)

Antony Valentini, Long Term Visitor
Perimeter Institute (Waterloo, Canada)

Alexander Vilenkin, Director
Tufts Institute of Cosmology
Department of Physics
Tufts University (Medford, MA)

Xiao-Gang Wen
Department of Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

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