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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 2021 Innovation Fund cycle will open on March 8, 2021.
Questions? Email Kathryne or Tessa at email@example.com
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 8, 2021: The Innovation Fund RFP opens to all APS members
April 22, 2021: Deadline for initial 2-page preliminary proposals
May 21, 2021: Finalists are invited to submit a full proposal
July 1, 2021: Deadline for finalists to submit full proposals
August 9, 2021: Questions from the Innovation Fund Committee are sent to finalists to clarify and/or strengthen their full proposals
August 16, 2021: Deadline for finalists’ responses to the Innovation Fund Committee’s questions
September 2021: Grant recipients are notified
Proposals must be:
Kathryne Sparks Woodle
Innovation Fund Program Officer
Innovation Fund Project Coordinator
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.