Large Grants
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Previous Programs

2018 Agency in the Physical World

2016 Physics of the Observer

2015 The Physics of What Happens

2013 Physics of Information

2010 The Nature of Time

2008 Foundational Questions in Physics and Cosmology

2006 Foundational Questions in Physics and Cosmology

2016 Physics of the Observer

FQXi's Physics of the Observer program was made possibly through support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The PIs listed were selected by a grant review panel and then recommended for funding through the FQXi Fund, a donor advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

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Awardee   Institution Value   Project Title
Mischa Woods University College London $60,000 Finite dimensional Quantum Observers
David Wolpert Santa Fe Institute $128,319 Observers as self-maintaining non-equilibrium systems
Sara Imari Walker Arizona State University $73,151 Accommodating observers in fundamental physics with causal mechanics
Andrew Strominger Harvard University $45,001 Observers on the Boundary of Spacetime
Matthew Pusey / Lluis Masanes / Joel J. Wallman Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics / University College London / University of Waterloo $60,950 Observers in Foil Theories
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein University of Washington, Seattle $100,533 Epistemological Schemata of Astro|Physics: A Reconstruction of Observers
Rahul Nandkishore / Siddharth Ashok Parameswaran University of Colorado, Boulder / University of California, Irvine $66,685 Transitions to Ergodicity: Emergence of Observers in Many-Body Quantum Systems
Markus Mueller University of Western Ontario $101,574 Emergent objective reality - from observers to physics via Solomonoff induction
Samir Mathur The Ohio State University $47,606 What is an observer?
Andrew J P Garner / Mile Gu National University of Singapore / Nanyang Technological University, Singapore $50,600 Observer-dependent complexity: The quantum-classical divergence over 'what is complex?'
Ivette Fuentes / Stefano Mancini / David Edward Bruschi University of Vienna / Universiai di Camerino / University of York $84,021 Quantum Observers in a Relativistic World
Christopher Fuchs / Christopher Timpson University of Massachusetts, Boston / University of Oxford $140,959 Does Participatory Realism Make Sense? The Role of Observership in Quantum Theory
Richard Easther University of Auckland $121,463 Minimal Observers and Maximal Observations
Lidia del Rio / Renato Renner University of Bristol / ETH Zurich $60,000 Many worlds, many times: Emergent observers in non-probabilisitic theories
James Crutchfield University of California, Davis $73,203 Information Thermodynamics of the Observer
Giulio Chiribella / Adán Cabello / Matthias Kleinmann University of Hong Kong / University of Seville / University of the Basque Country $113,850 The Observer Observed: a Bayesian Route to the Reconstruction of Quantum Theory
Craig Callender University of California, San Diego $36,110 The Flow of Time, Physics, and Observation
Adam Brown Stanford University $37,500 Complexity, Black Holes, and Observers
George Andrew David Briggs University of Oxford $114,858 Bench-top experimental test of gravitation as an observer of quantum states
Raphael Bousso University of California, Berkeley $123,898 Dynamics of Observer-Dependent Holographic Screens
John Barrow University of Cambridge $99,997 Do Observers Matter? Exploring the physics of the observer
Paula Apsell WGBH $150,000 What the Physics?!
Gerardo Adesso / Tommaso Tufarelli / Marco Piani The University of Nottingham / University of Strathclyde $120,000 Sentient observers in the quantum regime and the emergence of an objective reality
TOTAL   $2,010,278

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