EPS Special Activity Fund – first call for projects open

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The EPS Council decided to establish the EPS Special Activity Fund in 2016.The dual purpose of this fund was to allow donors to contribute to a fund to finance projects that go beyond the standard EPS activity, and to allow organisers to apply to the fund for EPS financing.

The initial tranche of projects supported by the Special Activity Fund aims to have a significant impact on the study of, and careers in, physics in developing countries, particularly in Africa. Examples are:

  • Supporting physics teaching and teachers at all levels, including provision of low cost lab equipment
  • Supporting the career development of physics students, recent graduates and young professionals
  • Supporting the development of student driven networking and outreach programs, such as the EPS Young Minds
  • Promoting innovation and entrepreneurship such as through the organisation of “innovation fairs”, training or mentoring activities
  • Promoting the image of physicists working in industry and business
  • Recognising outstanding achievements with awards and honours at student, junior research level or early stage entrepreneurs

The first call for projects is now open. All projects will be assessed according to:

- the expected contribution of the project to the aims of the Special Activity Fund

- the expected long term impact of the project, including follow up activities

- the quality of the consortium involved in the project and evidence of their track record in delivering similar activities; special emphasis should be given to the involvement of the local community

- the funding structure: projects that receive funding from sources other than the EPS Special Activity fund are encouraged.

The selection Committee will be composed of the EPS President, the EPS Treasurer, the chairperson of the EPS Physics for Development Group and eventually one other person.

More information about the EPS are available at

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