Cookies Policy

This “Cookies Policy” describes the use of online cookies by The Simons Foundation Inc. a non-profit organization, and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively, “Simons Foundation,” “we,” “us” or “our”). This Cookies Policy applies to the websites that we own and/or control and that post a link to this Cookies Policy (a “Site” and, collectively, the “Sites”).

What Are Cookies?

Cookies are small data files stored by a website on the hard drive of the device you use to access the website. Our websites may use both session cookies (which expire once you close your web browser) and persistent cookies (which stay on your computer or mobile device until you delete them) to provide you with a more personal and interactive experience on our websites.

You may refuse to accept browser cookies by activating the appropriate setting on your browser, as further described below. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of our Sites. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you direct your browser to our Sites.

We use two broad categories of cookies: (1) first-party cookies, served directly by us to your computer or mobile device, which we use to recognize your computer or mobile device when it revisits our websites; and (2) third-party cookies, which are served by service providers or business partners on our websites and can be used by such parties to recognize your computer or mobile device when it visits other websites. Third-party cookies that we use include those from YouTube, Disqus, SiteCount and Google Analytics. The information these service providers or business partners collect may be associated with your personal information or they may collect information, including personal information, about your online activities over time and across different websites and other online services. They may use this information to provide you with interest-based (behavioral) advertising or other targeted content. We do not control these third parties’ tracking technologies or how they may be used.

Cookies We Use

Our Site uses the following types of cookies for the purposes set out below:

Type of Cookie Purpose
Essential cookies These cookies are essential to provide you with services available through our websites and to enable you to use some of its features. Without these cookies, the services that you have asked for cannot be provided, and we use these cookies only to provide you with those services.
Functionality cookies These cookies allow our websites to remember choices you make when you use our websites. The purpose of these cookies is to provide you with a more personal experience and to avoid you having to reselect your preferences every time you visit our websites.
Analytics and performance cookies These cookies are used to collect information about traffic to our websites and how users use our websites. The information gathered may include your computer or mobile device operating system type and version number, manufacturer and model, device identifier, browser type, screen resolution, IP address, the website you visited before browsing to our websites, general location information such as city, state or geographic area, and information about your use of and actions on our websites, such as pages you viewed, how long you spent on a page, navigation paths between pages, information about your activity on a page, access times, and length of access, and such other information as may be disclosed in the privacy policy of the specific website you are viewing. We use this information to help operate our websites more efficiently, gather broad demographic information, monitor the level of activity on our websites and improve the Site.

We use Google Analytics for this purpose. Google Analytics uses its own cookies. You can find out more information about Google Analytics cookies here and about how Google protects your data here. You can prevent the use of Google Analytics relating to your use of our websites by downloading and installing the browser plugin available here.

Social media cookies These cookies are used when you share information using a social media sharing button or “like” (or similar) button on our websites or you link your account or engage with our content on or through a social networking website such as Facebook or Twitter. The social network will record that you have done this.
Targeted and advertising cookies These cookies track your browsing habits to enable third-party advertising networks to deliver ads that may be of interest to you. These cookies use information about your browsing history to group you with other users who have similar interests or browsing behaviors. Based on the cookies that the third-party advertising network sets on our websites and other websites, advertisers can display advertisements that may be relevant to your interests on our websites and while you are on third-party websites. We do not use these cookies to advertise.

You may opt out of the use of your browsing behavior for purposes of targeted advertising as described in the “Online behavioral advertising” section below.

Disabling Cookies

You can typically remove or reject cookies via your browser settings. In order to do this, follow the instructions provided by your browser (usually located within the “settings,” “help,” “tools” or “edit” menus). Many browsers are set to accept cookies until you change your settings.

For further information about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your computer or mobile device and how to manage and delete them, visit

If you do not accept our cookies, you may experience some inconvenience in your use of our websites. For example, we may not be able to recognize your computer or mobile device, and you may need to log in every time you visit our websites.

Online Behavioral Advertising

Some parties that set cookies via our Site for purposes of online behavioral advertising may offer the ability to opt out of cookies via the Network Advertising Initiative’s consumer opt-out tool, the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s consumer opt-out tool or the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Consumer Choice Page.

The Cookies Policy Does Not Cover Third-Party Websites

Please note that this Cookies Policy does not apply to, and we are not responsible for, the cookie practices of third-party websites to which we may link from the Site. If you have any questions about an advertisement or other targeted content, you should contact the responsible provider directly.

Changes to the Cookies Policy

We may update this Cookies Policy from time to time. You are responsible periodically visiting our Site and this Cookies Policy to check for any changes.

Updated February 2023
Advancing Research in Basic Science and Mathematics Subscribe to our newsletters to receive news & updates