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Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science 

Simons Investigators are outstanding theoretical scientists who receive long-term research support from the Simons Foundation.

Level and Duration of Funding: A Simons Investigator is appointed for an initial period of five years with possible renewal for a further five years. An Investigator will receive research support of $100,000 per year, with an additional $10,000 per year provided to the Investigator’s department. The Investigator’s institution will receive 20 percent for indirect costs.

Click here to see a list of Simons Investigators.

Simons Fellows in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

The Fellows program provides funds to faculty for a research leave of up to one semester from classroom teaching and administrative obligations.

Level and Duration of Funding: A Simons Fellowship provides salary replacement for up to 50 percent of the Fellow’s current academic-year salary (up to a maximum of $100,000), as well as additional funds for leave-related expenses. The Fellow’s home institution will receive 20 percent for indirect costs.

Click here to see the full RFA for Mathematics.

Click here to see the full RFA for Theoretical Physics.

Click here to see a list of Simons Fellows: Mathematics | Theoretical Physics.

Math+X: Encouraging Interactions

This program is designed to encourage collaborations between mathematics and other fields in science or engineering by providing substantial operating funds to create new chairs at U.S. universities that join mathematics departments with chosen partner departments through matching grants for endowment. The “X” partner should be a department of science or engineering that will engage in significant collaboration with the mathematics department in an area where such collaboration is not the norm.

Level and Duration of Funding: The Simons Foundation will provide up to $1.5 million, which must be matched 1-to-1 by the institution, to endow the chair at a total of $3 million. The grant will also include substantial operating funds to support activities shared between the two departments and funds for indirect costs.

Click here to see a list of Math+X chairs.

Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians

The Collaboration Grants primarily support collaboration and travel. The foundation makes a large number of grants each year to active researchers who do not otherwise have access to research funding.

Level and Duration of Funding: A Collaboration Grant is $7,000 per year for five years, with $5,000 per year for collaboration, travel and research expenses, plus $1,000 per year in discretionary funds for the awardee’s department to enhance the research atmosphere within the department, and $1,000 per year to the awardee’s institution for indirect costs.

Click here to see a list of Collaboration Grant awardees.

Simons Award for Graduate Students in Theoretical Computer Science

These awards support graduate students with an outstanding track record of research accomplishments.

Level and Duration of Funding: A Simons Award for Graduate Students is awarded for a period of two years and provides up to $24,000 per year. Each award will provide discretionary funds, summer support, department funds and overhead to the institution.

Simons Graduate Fellowships

The Simons Foundation is proud to announce grants to graduate students in theoretical computer science with outstanding track records of research accomplishments.

AMS-Simons Travel Grants

The American Mathematical Society is overseeing a prestigious program of travel grants that will be available to mathematicians who are within four years of earning their doctorate degrees at the time the grant begins.

Level and Duration of Funding: Each travel grant will provide the individual mathematician with $2,000 per year for two years to cover research-related travel expenses. An additional $400 per year will be provided to the awardee’s department.




Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

Simons Center for Geometry and Physics

Simons Institute for Theory of Computing

Independent University of Moscow

The Simons Foundation has provided a grant to IUM to support the funding of Simons-IUM Fellowships and Simons Stipends for Students and Graduate Students. Simons-IUM Fellowships support outstanding researchers working at IUM. Stipends are awarded to the best students at IUM.

Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada

The Simons Foundation has provided funding to IMPA to establish two new tenure-track faculty positions in geometry, the Chern chair and the Simons chair. Two tenure-track researchers, José Espinar and Mikhail Belolipetsky, were chosen after a thorough selection process that considered candidates from all over the world.

The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics

The Simons Foundation is providing funding for the the Simons Fund for Visiting Scientists at KITP at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This program provides support to scientists leaving their home institutions for extended periods of time to visit KITP and participate in its programs.

American University of Beirut

The Simons Foundation has endowed the Atiyah chair in mathematics.

Africa Mathematics Project

The Simons Foundation desires to foster and nurture the development of high-quality mathematical research, not only in the United States, but also throughout the world, and particularly in Africa. Several sub-Saharan countries are poised to make productive and efficient use of supplementary resources to materially advance mathematical research, and the AMP is designed to support the best mathematical talent in these countries, allowing researchers to more fully realize that talent through supported mathematical research in their home academic environments. The AMP further envisions extending the benefits of this program by enabling supported researchers to share their results with advanced students and other researchers both within the region and across the continent via networking. In addition, the AMP is working toward full engagement and cooperation with other mathematics research and advanced education programs and initiatives on the African continent and elsewhere in the world.

The foundation awarded three grants in 2012, each $80,000 per year for five years, to research groups in mathematics at three universities in diverse regions across sub-Saharan Africa.



Simons Symposia

Science Series

Science Lives


Cornell University Library has received a five-year funding commitment of $350,000 per year from the Simons Foundation to secure the sustainability of arXiv during 2013-2017. Combined with Cornell’s annual commitment, the foundation’s five-year grant will provide a strong financial basis for arXiv’s operation and build confidence in the durability of a community-supported business model. The grant will encourage long-term community support by lowering arXiv membership fees, making participation affordable to a broad range of institutions. Most importantly, the participation of the Simons Foundation in ensuring arXiv’s future will underscore the importance of the scholarly communication forum for the scientific community.

Math Encounters

Math Encounters is a new public presentation series celebrating the spectacular world of mathematics, presented by the Simons Foundation and the Museum of Mathematics.

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In the spring of 2012, the Simons Foundation provided funding for the Gathering4Gardner 10 Conference to promote and broaden areas of mathematics recreation, illusions, magic, puzzles, math art and the like.

The Gathering4Gardner was conceived by friends of Martin Gardner as a celebration honoring the mathematician, puzzler, philosopher and polymath for his contributions to mathematical games, illusions and origami. The objectives of the biannual Gathering are to “encourage the work of amateurs and young people by bringing them in contact with professional scholars, world-class expositors and innovative performers in venues that promote the cross-discipline fertilization of ideas and participation with each other in their common interests.”

Canada/USA Mathcamp Alumni Network

In 2012, the Simons Foundation awarded a seed grant to support the Canada/USA Mathcamp Alumni Network at the Mathematics Foundation of America, to provide after-program support for alumni and build a source of sustainable funding for Mathcamp.

Canada/USA Mathcamp is an intensive five-week summer program for mathematically talented high school students, designed to expose them to the beauty of advanced mathematical ideas and to new ways of thinking. More than just a summer camp, Mathcamp is a vibrant community, made up of a wide variety of people who share a common love of learning and passion for mathematics. Each year brings together 115 students to explore undergraduate and even graduate-level topics while building problem-solving skills that will help them in any field they choose to study. The camp location rotates among several college campuses; Mathcamp 2012 marked the 20th summer and was hosted at the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Wash.

For current Mathcamp students, a strong alumni community provides valuable support and advice as they apply to college. For alumni, this network of peers and mentors provides connections to jobs and to a social community in every major North American city. To Mathcamp itself, the alumni are the backbone: donors, the strongest recruiters of new students, summer program staff, and the link to corporate sponsorship opportunities.

Click here to read a feature article about Mathcamp.

MPE2013-Simons Public Lecture Series

The Simons Foundation has provided funding to the Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE2013) to support the MPE2013-Simons Public Lecture Series. The foundation will support three out of the nine proposed lectures, each of which will involve a leading expert from academia or a high-profile public figure who will explain how the mathematical sciences play a significant role in understanding and solving planet Earth’s current important problems.

MPE2013 is an initiative that will showcase the essential relevance of mathematics in meeting the global challenges now facing our planet. These broadly interpreted challenges involve natural processes and biodiversity; human systems of great complexity such as economic and financial systems; frameworks for resource management, transportation, and energy production and utilization; health-care delivery; and social organizations. Coordinated activities will take place around the planet throughout 2013.

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