The Mediterranean Institute of Fundamental Physics (MIFP) has been created in July 2010 by a group of researchers specialised in different areas of physics and working in different countries. The main goal of MIFP is creation of a stimulating research environment where the great percentage of work time of scientists would not be lost on resolving of administrative and logistic problems. MIFP is a non-profit non-governmental organisation which offers efficient and flexible management of international collaboration projects and teaching programs, organisation of international conferences, workshops, schools etc.
MIFP is built around a permanent administrative group based in Rome. This central administration is responsible for the logistic build-up of the institute, management of its research and teaching projects, organisation of meetings and events. The Members of the Institute may have research or teaching commitments in other research organisations, universities etc. The Membership is free of charge, it is granted upon request by the candidate and after approval by the Scientific Council of MIFP. The Scientific Council currently consisting of 7 members is elected by the Members of MIFP at the March Meetings of the Institute.
The President of the Scientific Council together with its Members defines the research strategy of MIFP between the March meetings.
MIFP is financed by private donations and from the overheads of the research grants. It charges from 5 to 15% of overheads depending on the nature of the grant. Its strategic goal is to evolve from an essentially virtual structure to the full-scale research center having a developed infrastructure, a significant number of permanent employees, postdocs and visiting scientists. MIFP intends attracting the highest international level researchers for permanent or fixed-term research positions with competitive salaries.
Promotion of fundamental physics in the Mediterranean region is a subject of special attention of MIFP. The Institute organises yearly the International Conferences on Physics of Light-Matter Coupling in Nanostructures and International Schools on Nanophotonics and Photovoltaics, most frequently in the Mediterranean countries. It sponsors the collaboration projects in physics across the Mediterranean Sea. In the same time MIFP remains a largely open international research organisation and welcomes new Members from all continents.
MIFP has also strong research links with the countries of the former Soviet Union and the scientific Diaspora originated from these countries and residing all over the world. It sponsors yearly Italo-Russian meetings on Solid State Physics in Rome.
MIFP promotes the high-school teaching programs in physics all over the world. It has developed original sets of teaching courses in Nanophysics already tested in the Moscow University of Steel and Alloys.
MIFP invites sponsors and encourages new applications for Membership.