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The APS Innovation Fund provides funding to advance collaborative projects that support the APS mission "to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics for the benefit of humanity, promote physics, and service the broader physics community."
APS will award grants led by current APS members ranging from $25,000-$100,000/year to fund 3-5 projects for up to two years that advance an interest of the physics community that have arisen as a result of current circumstances and align with the APS Strategic Plan.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on our community, it is also the case, as stated by the APS President and CEO, that the pandemic presents "an existential challenge, which can accelerate positive change, spur innovation, and make us stronger and more resilient." To facilitate these activities and respond to unique needs of the community as a result of the pandemic, APS is re-opening the Innovation Fund for a condensed cycle to fund projects that address critical needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Note, these funds are not intended to support scientific research related to the virus (e.g., testing masks, infectious disease models, statistical analysis of spread, antibody tests).
The special COVID-19 Innovation Fund cycle has closed.
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Duration: Up to 2 years, with second-year funding dependent on satisfactory progress. After two years, funded projects should do one of the following:
Indirect Costs: Overhead is allowed but limited to 5% of APS Innovation Fund grant expenses. The requested budget, including overhead, cannot exceed $100,000/year.
IF-COVID19 Targeted Start Date: July 1, 2020
The IF-COVID19 cycle is a call for non-research proposals that support critical needs of the physics community that have arisen as a result of COVID-19. The proposals should respond to short- or medium-term impacts on the global physics community directly related to the pandemic.
IF-COVID19 proposals could include, but are not limited to:
Proposals should not support:
IF-COVID19 is not intended to support research related to COVID-19 (e.g., testing masks, infectious disease models, statistical analysis of spread, antibody tests).
May 15, 2020: Deadline for initial 1-page preliminary proposals
May 18-22, 2020: Proposals reviewed by the Innovation Fund Steering Committee
May 26, 2020: Finalists are notified and asked to submit a full proposal
June 12, 2020: Deadline for finalists to submit full proposals
June 30, 2020: Grant recipients are notified
Proposals must be:
Details about the evaluation criteria and review process can be found here.
Nominees and award and office holders are expected to meet standards of professional conduct and integrity as described in the APS Ethics Guidelines. Violations of these standards may disqualify people from consideration or lead to revocation of honors or removal from office.