Each year, the Simons Foundation invites nominations from universities in the United States and Canada for the Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, and Theoretical Computer Science programs. Simons Investigators are outstanding theoretical scientists who receive long-term research support from the Simons Foundation.
Rationale: The Simons Investigators program aims to provide a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term investigations of the fundamental questions.
Level and Duration of Funding: A Simons Investigator is appointed for an initial period of five years. Renewal for an additional five years is contingent upon the evaluation of scientific impact of the Investigator.
An Investigator will receive research support of $100,000 per year. An additional $10,000 per year will be provided to the Investigator’s department. The award is administered through the institution at which the Investigator is appointed, and this institution will receive 20% in indirect costs.
Appropriate Expenses: The funding provided to the Investigator may be used at the Investigator’s discretion to support research expenses, including salary support for postdoctoral, graduate or undergraduate research assistants, domestic or international travel, short or long-term visitors, and research equipment
Funding provided for the Investigator’s department would be used at the discretion of the department Chair to provide support for seminars, visitors, refreshments, and related expenditures that benefit the research activities of the department.
Eligibility: To be an Investigator, a scientist must be engaged in theoretical research in Mathematics, Physics or Computer Science and must have a primary appointment as a faculty member at a U.S. or Canadian institution with a Ph.D. program and not have previously been a Simons Investigator.
Basis for Awards: The intent of the program is to support outstanding scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing creative new research directions, providing leadership to the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists.