Targeted Grants to Institutes

The Simons Foundation invites applications for the Targeted Grants to Institutes program.

Purpose: The 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.

Level and Duration of Funding: A typical Targeted Grant lasts three to five years at a level of $100,000 to $200,000 per year, which includes 20 percent in indirect costs to the institution. Renewal for an additional three to five years may be considered but will be contingent upon the evaluation of the grant’s scientific impact.

Allowable Expenses: The funding provided under a Targeted Grant is flexible and based on the type of support requested by the institution in the proposal.

Indirect costs are limited to 20 percent of direct costs, unless specified otherwise in a program’s guidelines or award letter, and with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition and any subcontracts with budgets including indirect expenses. Indirect costs paid to a subcontractor may not exceed 20 percent of the direct costs paid to the subcontractor.

Additional funding policies are available on our Policies and Procedures page.

Unspent Funds: Any funds not spent in one year of the grant, excluding salary, may be spent in subsequent years without prior approval. Unspent funds at the end of the five or ten years must be returned to the foundation unless express permission is obtained for a specified future use. Requests for no-cost extensions will be considered.

Reporting: Annual financial statements and progress reports are due within 60 days following the end of each grant year. Specific deliverable requirements will be outlined in the award notification.

Number of Awards: The foundation expects to award up to three Targeted Grants each year.

Eligibility: Applications may be submitted by established domestic and foreign public and private institutions, such as colleges, universities and stand-alone research centers.

How to Apply: Institutions, via a single applicant, may apply through proposalCENTRAL beginning July 1, 2014. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2014, at midnight EST. No extensions will be granted.

Please coordinate submission of the proposal with the appropriate officials in accordance with institution policies. See the Application Instructions for further information.

Application Requirements:

  • A summary of the support requested (6-page limit, excluding references and figures), including the specific scientific goals, background relevant to the application and the significance of the proposed support.
  • A detailed three- to five-year budget and justification.
  • An NSF-style biosketch, publication list and statement of current and pending support for any individual directly involved in the proposal.
  • The signature page, signed as required.

Funding decisions will be announced by December 31, 2014, and funding will begin no later than July 1, 2015, depending on the proposal funded.

Important Dates:

Application Available Application Deadline Award Notification Award Start Date
July 1, 2014 October 31, 2014 December 31, 2014 No later than July 1, 2015

Contact Information:

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Elizabeth Roy
Program Manager, Mathematics and the Physical Sciences
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