The Foundation has a strong history of supporting key research initiatives within the School of Physics. The School is built on a rich research culture, and one of the Foundation's aims is to support academic work within the School.

Between 2001 and 2017, funding from the Physics Foundation assisted in providing research start-up funds for new academic appointments. This enabled the School of Physics to expand its research interests into new and strategic areas, including nanophotonics, quantum science, photonics, computer science, biophysics and medical physics.

Each year, the Physics Foundation provides up to $100,000 in untied funds to assist the School of Physics in areas where conventional funding is difficult to obtain. In 2009, the School was able to upgrade key pieces of research equipment in undergraduate teaching laboratories to enhance the School's experimental research projects.

The Physics Foundation welcomes the opportunity to continue its support of innovative research projects within the School of Physics.