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Zenith Grants

Current Status: Closed
Eligibility: Researchers and Outreach Specialists Worldwide

The zenith is the highest point achieved 
by a celestial body in the night sky.

Over $27 million dollars in Zenith Grants (formerly: FQxI’s Large Grants) have been awarded in multiple RFPs. These Zenith Grants are awarded (through the FQxI Fund, a donor-advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, or directly by FQxI) as research grants to theorists and experimenters in support of personnel, equipment, travel, workshops, and experiments; some funding also targets projects that effectively disseminate information about foundational research to laypeople. Proposals are subject to a competitive evaluation process of expert peer review similar to that employed by national scientific funding agencies.

Past Awardees







Natalia Ares

University of Oxford

Nanomechanics in the solid-state for quantum information thermodynamics (NanoQIT)


Information As Fuel, 2019

John Bechhoefer

Simon Fraser University

Maxwell's demon in the real world: Experiments on the constraints governing information processing


Information As Fuel, 2019

Jens Eisert
Jörg Schmiedmayer
Marcus Huber

Freie Universität Berlin
Atominstitut Vienna
IQOQI Vienna

Fueling quantum field machines with information


Information As Fuel, 2019

Benjamin Huard
Alexia Auffèves
Massimiliano Esposito

Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
Institut Néel, CNRS, Grenoble
University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Information as fuel in colloids and superconducting quantum circuits


Information As Fuel, 2019

Franco Nori
Jukka Pekola

Aalto University

Exploring the fundamental limits set by thermodynamics in the quantum regime


Information As Fuel, 2019

Peter Samuelsson
Ville Maisi
Klaus Ensslin
Christopher Jarzynski

Lund University
Lund University
ETH Zürich
University of Maryland

Information-to-work conversion from classical to quantum – a nanoscale electronic demon in double quantum dots.


Information As Fuel, 2019

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