Foundational Questions Institute

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The Foundational Questions Institute, styled FQXi, is an organization that provides grants to "catalyze, support, and disseminate research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology."[1] It was founded in 2005 by cosmologist Max Tegmark,[2] who holds the position of Scientific Director. It has run four worldwide grant competitions (in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2013), the first of which provided US$2M to 30 projects.[3] It has also run four essay contests open to the general public,[4] with $40,000 in prizes awarded by a jury panel.

FQXi is an independent, philanthropically funded non-profit organization, run by scientists for scientists, with a Scientific Advisory Board including John Barrow, Nick Bostrom, Gregory Chaitin, David Chalmers, Alan Guth, Martin Rees, Eva Silverstein, Lee Smolin, Frank Wilczek, and Dieter Zeh.[5]

The seed funding was donated by the John Templeton Foundation.


  1. ^ About the Foundational Questions Institute
  2. ^ Schwarzchild, Bertram (December 2005). "News notes: Foundational Questions Institute". Physics Today. 58 (12): 31. Bibcode:2005PhT....58T..31F. doi:10.1063/1.2169440. 
  3. ^ Merali, Zeeya (2007-11-15). "Is mathematical pattern the theory of everything?". New Scientist. Reed Business Information. 
  4. ^ "Essay Contest page". Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Who is FQXi?

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