The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has announced the launch of a five-year, $90 million initiative to support basic research in the field of condensed matter physics.
Focused on a broad class of systems called quantum materials, the Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EPiQS) initiative aims to advance the understanding of complex quantum systems and fuel new discoveries through conceptual breakthroughs and innovations. In recent years, many large industrial research labs that had provided top scientists with the resources to pursue discovery-driven science have stepped back from funding long-range basic research.
To help fill that gap, EPiQS will support a range of activities, including materials synthesis focused on the creation of new or better quantum materials; centers for theory that enable current and emerging leaders in experimentation and theory to maximize their creativity; instrumentation acquisition and development; and high-risk projects designed to produce timely responses to new discoveries and rapid development of new concepts.
"It's great news for science," said Moore Foundation president Steve McCormick. "At a time when basic research needs support from the philanthropic community more than ever, this new research initiative will yield the kind of high-impact discoveries that may ultimately result in applications with far-reaching societal benefits and impact on our daily lives that we can't even imagine today."