About Us

Mission and Model

The Simons Foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences.

Since its founding in 1994 by Jim and Marilyn Simons, the foundation has been a champion of basic science through grant funding, support for research and public engagement. We believe in asking big questions and providing sustained support to researchers working to unravel the mysteries of the universe.

Through our work we make space for scientific discovery.


Our Work

The Simons Foundation makes grants in four areas: Mathematics & Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Autism & Neuroscience, and Science, Society & Culture.

Our Flatiron Institute was opened in 2016 and conducts scientific research in-house, supporting teams of top computational scientists.

Science requires a diversity of perspectives. We actively promote collaboration across physical and intellectual barriers through a pioneering grantmaking approach and are committed to the sharing of knowledge within the scientific community.

We understand science is part of society and culture, and we actively provide opportunities for people to engage with science in ways that are relevant and meaningful to them.


Our Structure

The Simons Foundation is based in New York City and currently has a staff of over 500 people, half of whom are scientists. Since 2021, David Spergel has served as the foundation’s president.

The Simons Foundation is a private foundation guided by its board of trustees. Marilyn Simons serves as chair.

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