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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.
The 2020 Innovation Fund cycle has closed. Click here to read about the special IF-COVID19 recipients.
Questions? Email Kathryne or Tessa at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Proposals could include, but are not limited to:
Proposals should not support:
March 9, 2020: Deadline for initial 1-page preliminary proposals
March 13-27, 2020: Unit/Committee representatives provide feedback on pre-proposals
March 31-April 13, 2020: Proposals reviewed by the Innovation Fund Steering Committee
April 30, 2020: Finalists are notified and the IF2020 cycle paused due to COVID-19 cycle
July 1, 2020: IF2020 cycle re-opened
August 19, 2020: Deadline for finalists to submit full proposals
Fall 2020: Grant recipients are notified
Proposals must be:
Details about the evaluation criteria and review process can be found here.
Nominees for and holders of APS Honors (prizes, awards, and fellowship) and official leadership positions 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.