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Announcing the APS Innovation Fund

New APS initiative will support collaboration among members, units, committees, and staff

As part of the recently adopted APS Strategic Plan: 2019, APS is launching a new program—the APS Innovation Fund (IF)—to foster collaborative partnerships that support the interests of the physics community. APS members may submit proposals to work with APS staff in developing innovative activities in areas of public engagement, advocacy, education, diversity, and careers, among many others. Members should check their email inboxes for a message with details or visit the IF webpage.

The 3–5 projects that are ultimately selected will be funded for up to two years with grants ranging from $25,000–$100,000 per year. After two years, funded projects will end, obtain outside funding, or be deemed important enough to be integrated into APS’s operating budget.

The IF process begins with a brief preliminary proposal. Members should identify an APS unit or committee, who will be asked to provide a brief statement on the feasibility and impact of the proposed project. APS staff will also assist by preparing a comment regarding impacts on existing programs and resources.

Investigators whose preliminary proposals are selected will be invited to submit 5-page full proposals. The proposals will be reviewed by the APS Innovation Fund Committee, which will assess applications against four standards: relevance, beneficial, innovative, and measurable.

The proposals must be new concepts and not continuations of current activities. The fund will not support physics research or the salaries of graduate students or staff running existing efforts.

To apply, go to the IF webpage and download the application. Email the completed form to if@aps.org.

Important Deadlines

March 18, 2019: Deadline for submission of preliminary proposals
March 18–25, 2019: Units and Committees are contacted for comment on pre-proposals
April 2019: Proposals are reviewed by the APS Innovation Fund Committee
April-May 2019: Finalists are notified and asked to develop a full proposal in collaboration with APS staff
June 15, 2019: Deadline for finalists to submit full proposals
August 2019: Grant recipients are notified

APS Innovation Fund Committee: 2019 APS President David Gross (co-chair), APS Director of Project Development Theodore Hodapp (co-chair), Andrea Liu (University of Pennsylvania), APS Chief Government Affairs Officer Francis Slakey, and APS Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics Chair John Rumble (R&R Data Services).

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