NOI for FQXi's "Information as Fuel" RFP
The Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi), in collaboration with the Templeton World Charity Foundation, is launching a major new $8M research grants program entitled Information as Fuel. The program will fund experiments, with accompanying theoretical effort, in combinations of quantum mechanics, (non-equilibrium) statistical mechanics, computation, and biophysics, broadly concerning the relationship between information, the ability to perform work, and the enactment of computation. This might include, for example, experimental instantiations of Maxwell’s demon or Szilard’s engine, probes of Landauer’s limit, reversible computing, thermodynamic limits on efficiency of quantum engines and biophysical systems, and so on.

The program, managed by FQXi, will fund experiments (with an incorporated component in theoretical physics and potentially philosophy of physics) chosen on a competitive basis through a three-stage proposal process. The first stage in this process is for prospective proposers to submit a “Notice of Interest.” Submission of this notice will serve to identify individuals and groups interested in the Information as Fuel program and qualify those groups to request small proposal-development mini-grant funds. The Request for Proposals will be released on or around January 14, 2019.

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NOI + Funding for Collaborative Group Applications
If you or your research group is interested in this program, we invite you to submit a Notice of Interest here by January 1, 2019.

Information you provide will be made accessible to other groups who have submitted such Notices, to foster and enable collaborative groups to form. FQXi will make available a small amount of funds to enable meetings between prospective applicants to encourage collaborative proposals (funds can cover travel and other meeting costs).

Submission of a NoI is not required to participate in the program, but is required to qualify for this collaboration funding, and ensures that you will be notified in a timely way about all program information and due dates.

If you are the PI of a research group with whom you are in close communication, there is no need for others in your group to submit notices as well, though they are free to do so.

Important Dates
January 9, 2019 - Submit your NOI

January 14, 2019 - Funding for Collaborative Group Application proposals opens (funds will be paid as reimbursements for those chosen)

NOI Application
NOI Applicant's Name *
Applicant's Institution (name, city/country) *
URL of Applicant's research group or department
URL of Google Scholar or other updated publications list for Applicant and/or Applicant's research group
Applicant is submitting this as a representative of a research group. *
List of relevant members of Applicant's research group (list name and institute for each)
Applicant's Focus (select one) *
Research Interests (check all that apply) *
Thank you! We will email you when the RFP is released.
We will also share information with NOI applicants about other applicants in similar fields who might be of interest to collaborate with on a proposal (and request application collaboration funding).
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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