Projects and Grants


John Templeton Foundation grant - Probing the emergent spacetime fabric: from theory to phenomenology
The research project entitled ''Probing the emergent spacetime fabric: from theory to phenomenology'' by S. Liberati will receive about 269 thousand euros funding from the John Templeton Foundation. The grant will cover the period from 1st of January 2015 till 30th of September 2017 and will be mainly spent towards paying salaries for three post doctoral fellows, and for inviting various leading scientists in the field of quantum gravity phenomenology (experimental/observational tests of quantum gravity scenarios). At the end of the period a large interdisciplinary conference will be held at SISSA about the fundamental nature of spacetime.


FQXi MiniGrant - Experimental Searches for Quantum Gravity: A conference for setting the next years agenda in quantum gravity phenomenology
Stefano Liberati has received $5,000 from Silicon Valley Community Foundation through the FQXi MiniGrant scheme. The amount will be used as partial support for the organisation of the conference Experimental Search for Quantum Gravity which will be held in SISSA in September 2014.


Sciama Legacy Bursary
In memory of Professor Dennis Sciama (Head of the Astrophysics Sector of SISSA from 1983 to 1998), the Sciama Family has decided to finance bursaries to enable SISSA astrophysics or astroparticle physics postdoctoral fellows ("titolare di assegno di ricerca") to visit certain high-profile international institutes with which Prof. Sciama had particular connections. The intentions is for these to be working visits aimed at fostering links and establishing possible ongoing collaborations (link).


ERC Starting Grant - Challenging General Relativity
Thomas Sotiriou has been funded with € 1,375,226 for the proposal entitled "Challenging General Relativity". The grant will be used in order to put together an extended research group of young and more experienced researchers (students, postdocs, advanced postdocs) and to foster and support a wide network of international collaborations. This group aims to conduct cutting edge research on the limits of General Relativity as a theory for the gravitational interaction.


FQXi MiniGrant - Lorentz-violating gravity seminars
Thomas Sotiriou has received $2,000 from Silicon Valley Community Foundation through the FQXi MoniGrant scheme. The amount will be used as partial support for organizing a series of seminars on Lorentz- violating gravity.


FQXi Mini-Grant - Tabletop black hole experiment
Stefano Liberati has received $10,000 from Silicon Valley Community Foundation through the FQXi MiniGrant scheme. The amount will be used as partial support for the realization of a tabletop black hole experiment.


Marie Curie Career Integration Grant - The limit of General Relativity
Thomas Sotiriou has been funded with € 100,000 for the proposal entitled "The limits of General Relativity". The funds will provide partial support for research in various topics in gravity, such as alternative theories, black holes, compact stars, cosmology, quantum gravity theory and phenomenology, etc.