• Proposal: 07/26/2019


  • Amount: ~$1.5-1.9m
  • Duration: 5 years


The EPiQS experimental investigator awards support U.S. experts in experimental studies of quantum materials to pursue discovery of new emergent electronic and magnetic phenomena in materials, elucidate the origin of previously known emergent phenomena, develop new experimental techniques for probing quantum materials, or significantly improve the performance of the existing techniques. Awardees will receive five years of funding with streamlined reporting requirements and the freedom to choose their own research directions and to allocate their grant budget to achieve maximum scientific impact.

The major classes of materials of interest to EPiQS are:

  • Strongly correlated systems, including but not limited to high-Tc and other unconventional superconductors, Mott insulators, heavy fermion systems, multiferroics, and correlated oxide heterostructures;
  • Frustrated magnets and other solids exhibiting exotic magnetic behavior;
  • Materials exhibiting topological order;
  • Two-dimensional crystals and layered systems, including but not limited to graphene, dichalcogenide monolayers and van der Waals heterostructures;
  • Other low-dimensional systems, including but not limited to quantum wells and quantum wires with emergent electronic properties;
  • Various synthetic quantum materials obtained by nanofabrication.

While cold-atom assemblies or photonic systems that can emulate properties of real materials (‘quantum simulators’) are within the scope of the EPiQS initiative, these systems are outside the scope of this experimental investigator competition. Although organic-based materials exhibiting emergent electronic properties are not currently represented in the EPiQS portfolio, we will consider compelling applications in this area. EPiQS is primarily concerned with advancing fundamental understanding of emergent properties of quantum materials; therefore, applicants focused on devices and other near-term practical applications of materials will not receive high priority.

Candidates may use any experimental technique, or a combination of techniques, for investigations of materials. Candidates may also propose to use EPiQS funds to improve existing experimental techniques or to develop new techniques and probes.

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

Indirect costs are capped at 12.5%.

Contact Information

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