New grant will expand FTPI programs

The William I Fine Theoretical Physics Institute (FTPI) has received a Simons Grant of over half a million dollars to help bolster the Institute's mission of being one of the regional centers for theoretical physics. The Simons Foundation Target Grant was awarded to help FTPI expand their outreach through research and collaboration at workshops, schools and targeted events. 

FTPI was founded in the late 1980s, as was its programming model. This grant will allow the Institute to expand the type of programming it offers with special attention given to visitors and events in the Midwest. The Institute plans to use the money to create a summer school in theoretical physics on FTPI grounds; hold rapid response workshops for hot topics in the field; assemble working groups in different theoretical sub-disciplines; host more long-term visitors and create a library of video tutorials in modern theoretical physics.  FTPI director Professor Alex Kamenev said, “It will bring all the Institute’s activity to an entirely new level. We are very excited about it”.

The Simons Foundation Targeted Funds Grant will begin on July 1, 2022. The program is intended to support established institutes or centers in mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science through funding to help strengthen contacts within the international scientific community.