The work that we do at FQxI is only possible because of the generous donations that we have received over the years. The work we support is high-risk, high-reward, and outside of the remit of the short-term thinking of national funding agencies. Support our work to help keep science open-minded, inquisitive, and optimistic.
How We Make a Difference
FQxI runs grant programs that have awarded over $29 Million to 650 researchers and outreach specialists.
We host conferences bringing together FQxI Members with other top scientists, philanthropists, and thought leaders. These gatherings have sparked discussions that have led to collaborations and even the building of new science institutes.
Through QSpace, we reach millions with our science content featuring grantees, important news, our popular podcast, and more.
FQxI hosts competitions to engage all who are interested in questions at the foundation of science, be they high-profile academics, students, or people outside of academia and science institutes who are interested in these questions.
We encourage high-risk, high-reward work in which scientists dream big and then get to work testing their ideas.
“FQxI grants have given me the "excuse" I needed to justify working on topics I am passionate about and have given me a valuable lifeline before obtaining a permanent position. I probably would no longer be in academia were it not for FQxI.”
“For philosophy, which aims to give the big picture about humans and their place in nature, fundamental science is a gold-mine. FQxI has played a unique, and indispensable role, in breaking down the traditional disciplinary boundaries between science and philosophy. Long may it continue to do so!”
Video: Natalia Ares: Can Quantum Measurements Fuel Tiny Engines? PUZZLE X Keynote Talk
Join us for a keynote talk by Dr. Natalia Ares, a leading quantum physicist exploring the boundaries of what’s possible in quantum mechanics. In her research, Dr. Ares has investigated using quantum measurements to extract work and power micro- and nano-scale engines. This approach is inspired by Maxwell’s demon and could have important implications for creating very small-scale devices or sensors.
Natalia Ares explains the conceptual foundations behind her research and walks through some of her groundbreaking experiments demonstrating quantum measurement-powered engines.