Foundational Questions Institute: funding high risk, high reward physics research

The Templeton Foundation is featuring the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) and the Foundational Questions Consortium on its front page. FQXi is focused

on [the] questions at the foundations of physics andcosmology, particularly new frontiers and innovative ideas integral to a deep understanding of reality but unlikely to be supported by conventional funding sources.

The questions are certainly big: "Whence the constants of nature?" - "Is information at the heart of physics?" - "Can we understand consciousness better?" - "How should we interpret quantum mechanics?"

A list of grantees and their intellectual pursuits is located online. Among the listed subject matter: Observation and Nonlocality in Quantum Gravitational Physics and Deferential Geometry (my italics).

The about page provides much more interesting detail about the mission, scope and goals of the institute.

Wayne

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