The National Science Foundation and the Simons Foundation shall jointly sponsor new research centers for mathematics in biological sciences at distinct geographical locations in the United States to facilitate innovative collaborations among groups of mathematicians, statisticians and biologists.
Mathematics and Physical Sciences
The Targeted Grants in MPS program is intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis.
The goal of the program is to support the “mathematical marketplace” by substantially increasing collaborative contacts between mathematicians. The foundation will make a large number of collaboration grants to accomplished, active researchers in the United States who do not otherwise have access to funding that supports travel and visitors.
The aim of the Simons Collaborations in MPS program is to stimulate progress on fundamental scientific questions of major importance in the broad area of mathematics, theoretical physics, and theoretical computer science.
The Fellows Programs provide funds to faculty for up to a semester long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations. Such leaves can increase creativity and provide intellectual stimulation.
The Targeted Grants to Institutes program is intended to support institutions in the mathematics and physical sciences through funding to centers of excellence, to help establish scientific culture and strengthen contacts within the international scientific community.
The Africa Mathematics Project is an initiative in support of mathematical research in Africa’s institutions of higher learning.
The Simons Foundation will fund several Simons Symposia series, which brings together mathematicians, theoretical physicists, and theoretical computer scientists to interact and collaborate in symposium series that focus on one topic or tightly connected group of topics.
The Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life is now accepting applications for Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships to support independent research on topics related to the origins of life at research institutions in any country.
The Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain (SCGB) seeks applicants for postdoctoral fellowships whose intended work is at the interface of theory and experiment on the nature, role and mechanisms of the neural activity that produces cognition.
The Simons Foundation is now accepting applications for its Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards. The purpose of these awards is to help launch the careers of outstanding investigators who use quantitative approaches to advance our understanding of marine microbial ecology and evolution. Investigators will focus directly on marine microbes or on fundamental problems that are highly relevant to understanding marine microbial ecosystems.
The Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life is now accepting applications for Simons Investigator awards. The goal is to identify scientists conducting innovative research who either are or will be making the most important contributions to the origins-of-life field. Scientific productivity, creativity and risk in the design of experiments, and a commitment to collaborative origins research will be important factors in the selection process.
The purpose of the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology, based at the University of Hawai’i, is to advance our understanding of the biology, ecology, and biogeochemistry of microbial processes that dominate Earth’s largest biome: the global ocean. This collaborative effort will measure, model and conduct experiments at a model ecosystem site located 100 km north of Oahu that is representative of a large portion of the North Pacific Ocean. The Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology is now accepting applications for Simons Investigators who will work in SCOPE.
Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)
Grants awarded through this request are intended to support a network of U.S.-based clinical sites to recruit individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to participate in SPARK. The overall goals of SPARK are to recruit, engage and retain a community of 50,000 individuals with ASD, along with their family members in the United States. This research cohort will include children and adults with ASD, who span the full spectrum of autism and include individuals of all socio-demographic backgrounds. Selected clinical sites will receive funding of up to $150,000/year for a maximum of three years.
A deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorders or potential therapeutic approaches will require investigation at multiple levels, including but not limited to studies focused on gene discovery, molecular mechanisms, circuits, anatomy, and cognition and behavior. We will consider proposals at all of these levels.
We seek applications from independent investigators who will conduct bold, imaginative, and rigorous research to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Applications can include, but are not limited to, studies at the genetic, molecular, cellular, circuit and behavioral levels, in addition to clinical and translational studies. Two types of applications are available: the SFARI Pilot Award and the SFARI Research Award.
Grants awarded through the Bridge to Independence Award program are intended to invest in the next generation of top autism investigators by identifying talented early-career scientists interested in autism research and facilitating their transition to an independent research career. This request for applications (RFA) is aimed at senior postdoctoral fellows who intend to seek tenure-track faculty positions during the 2016-17 academic year. Successful applicants will receive a commitment of $150,000 per year for three years, to be used for an autism-relevant project, activated upon assumption of a tenure-track professorship.
Grants awarded through this request for applications (RFA) are intended to advance our understanding of the genetic basis of autism, and in particular the potential role of missense and in-frame deletion variants in conferring risk.
Grants awarded through this request for applications (RFA) are intended to develop and validate objective outcome measures for use in clinical trials targeting core symptoms (social communication impairments and restricted, repetitive behaviors) of autism spectrum disorder, and disruptive behavioral symptoms commonly reported in individuals with autism (e.g., anxiety, tantrums).
Grants awarded through this Request for Applications (RFA) are intended to advance our understanding of the impact of activation of the innate immune system on behavioral, circuit, synaptic and neuronal functions in order to understand the consequences of infection and immune activation on autism-related behaviors.
Grants awarded through this request for applications (RFA) are intended to advance our understanding of the genetic basis of autism, and in particular, to begin to assess genetic variants conferring risk in non-coding regions and in coding regions of the genome that may be less accessible to whole-exome sequencing. Investigators who are interested in developing innovative and efficient ways to analyze whole-genome sequencing data from 500 Simons Simplex Collection (SSC) families are encouraged to apply. The maximum budget is $250,000, including indirect costs, for eighteen months, non-renewable.