2017 Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships in Marine Microbial Ecology

Important Dates
  • Application available
  • Application deadline
  • Applicants notified of funding decisions
  • Accept or decline deadline
  • Fellowships commence
Contact Info

The Simons Foundation invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships to support research on fundamental problems in marine microbial ecology. The foundation is particularly interested in applicants with training in different fields who want to apply their experience to understanding the role of microorganisms in shaping ocean processes and vice versa, as well as applicants with experience in modeling or theory development. While these cross-disciplinary applicants will receive particular attention, applicants already involved in ocean research are also encouraged to apply. The foundation anticipates awarding five fellowships in 2017.

Applicants must have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degree within two years of the fellowship’s start date. Preference will be for applicants with no more than one year of postdoctoral experience. Applicants may be citizens of any country. Awards can only be issued to nonprofit research universities or research institutions in the U.S.

The award is for three years, contingent upon satisfactory annual progress reports, and will include an annual stipend of $62,000, an annual allowance of up to $10,000 for health insurance for the fellow and family and an annual research allowance of $10,000 for the fellow. Any unexpended health insurance funds must be returned to the Simons Foundation. The research allowance may be used for research supplies, small equipment (including computers), attendance at scientific meetings and other research-related travel. Up to $2,000 of the research allowance may be used for relocation of the fellow and family to the host institution. Relocation costs must be in accordance with the policies of the host institution. Payment cannot be made directly to fellows. No indirect or overhead costs may be charged. Policies and procedures governing this award can be found at the following link.

Applications must include

  • Short summary of prior research experience and a personal autobiographical statement (two pages)
  • Brief research proposal with title (two to three pages, plus references and one page for figures)
  • Biosketches of the applicant and sponsor, including publications
  • Technical abstract
  • Letters of recommendation from applicant’s thesis advisor and two additional research scientists, and letter of support from the postdoctoral research sponsor, who must acknowledge acceptance of the applicant to his or her laboratory. Confidential letters must be submitted through proposalCENTRAL (see instructions) by June 15, 2017.
  • Budget (three years)
  • Brief budget justification
  • Renewable reagents and data-sharing plan
  • Signed signature page with institutional approval to document the commitment from the fellow’s institution(s) to administer the fellowship
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Important Dates
  • Application available
  • Application deadline
  • Applicants notified of funding decisions
  • Accept or decline deadline
  • Fellowships commence
Contact Info

Instructions for Submission
All proposals must be completed electronically and submitted using forms provided at proposalCENTRAL. To submit your proposal:

  • Log in to proposalCENTRAL using your username and password. If you are a new user, click on the create one now button under application login. Your registered email also works as your username. If you forgot your log-in information, you can retrieve your username and password from proposalCENTRAL by clicking the forgot your username/password? link under application login.
  • To apply, after you log in, select the gray grant opportunities tab on the right side of the page and scroll down to the Simons Foundation section. Then click on apply now in the life sciences – simons postdoctoral fellowships in marine microbial ecology row. For assistance with proposalCENTRAL, please call 800-875-2562 or email pcsupport@altum.com.
  1. How do I submit a proposal?plus--large

    New users first need to create a user account on proposalCENTRAL (pC) at https://proposalcentral.altum.com/. (For instructions on how to create an account, see the FAQ How do I create a proposalCENTRAL user account? below.) For all users with a pC account, log in under APPLICATION LOGIN at https://proposalcentral.altum.com/ and select CREATE NEW PROPOSAL or click on the GRANT OPPORTUNITIES tab. Scroll down to SIMONS FOUNDATION and then click APPLY NOW for the LIFE SCIENCES-SIMONS POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN MARINE MICROBIAL ECOLOGY program in order to start the proposal and access the templates. After all sections are completed, you will be able to click on the SUBMIT button to send.

  2. How do I create a proposalCENTRAL user account?plus--large

    Go to https://proposalcentral.altum.com/ (pC) and click CREATE ONE NOW under APPLICATION LOGIN. Fill in the required fields, check the boxes to agree to pC’s Terms of Service and Acceptable Use Policy and then click SAVE.

  3. Can I email or mail my proposal?plus--large

    No, the Simons Foundation only accepts proposals submitted online through https://proposalcentral.altum.com/.

  4. Do I need institutional sign off to submit a proposal?plus--large

    Yes, the Signature Page is available for download in the signature page module and must be signed by the signing official, then re-uploaded in the proposal attachments module. Please plan accordingly with your institution to retrieve this signature by the proposal deadline. No extensions will be given.

  5. Can postdoctoral associates apply as fellows?plus--large

    Candidates who hold or will hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree at the time of activation of the fellowship are eligible to apply. Applicants should have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degree within two years of the fellowship’s start date. Preference will be for applicants with no more than one year of postdoctoral experience.

  6. Can foreign institutions apply for this grant?plus--large

    No, awards can only be issued to nonprofit research universities or research institutions in the U.S.

  7. Do I need to submit bio sketches with the proposal?plus--large

    Yes, bio sketches are required for both the sponsor and postdoctoral fellow applicant.

  8. What are the font style and size requirements?plus--large

    Type should be set in legible, 11-point font. All margins should be set at 0.5 inches.

  9. Are indirect costs included in the annual budget limits?plus--large

    No, indirect costs are not allowed.

  10. To whom is the grant awarded?plus--large

    The grant is awarded to the fellow’s host institution.

  11. Does the sponsor need to sign the signature page?plus--large

    No, only the signing official is required to sign the signature page.

  12. Can I make changes to the proposal once it has been submitted?plus--large

    Before you can make changes to your submitted proposal, you must first contact the Simons Foundation. Please email lifegrants@simonsfoundation.org or call (646) 751-1280. Proposals can only be changed prior to the June 15, 2017 deadline.

  13. Where is the SUBMIT button?plus--large

    The SUBMIT button is located in the last section of the proposal. You will be unable to submit if you have not provided all the required information. If the submission deadline has not passed, use the VALIDATE button to check for missing requirements. If the problem persists, please contact pcsupport@altum.com.

    If the deadline has passed, the submission period has closed and you will not be able to submit.

  14. Does the Simons Foundation grant extensions for proposals?plus--large

    No extensions will be given. If you have any difficulties, please email lifegrants@simonsfoundation.org or call (646) 751-1280. Please do not contact pcsupport@altum.com directly.

  15. Are deadline times adjusted for time zones?plus--large

    No, please be advised that deadlines are in EDT. We recommend registering early and submitting proposals with ample time for corrections prior to the deadline hour. Site traffic can slow page-load times. The SUBMIT button will not work after the deadline time has passed.

  16. Is there a confirmation email when I submit?plus--large

    A confirmation email is sent upon submission of the proposal. Please contact pcsupport@altum.com if you submitted your proposal and have not received a confirmation email within ten minutes. Make sure that spam filters allow emails from pcsupport@altum.com. The proposal will be in the SUBMITTED tab when you next log in.

  17. I get an error message citing a missing section when I try to submit.plus--large

    The VALIDATE button reviews your proposal for missing sections. The submission instructions list the required sections and attachments. You must complete the missing sections listed. If you are still receiving error messages after completing and saving the indicated sections, please contact pcsupport@altum.com.

  18. Is validating my proposal the same as submitting it?plus--large

    No. Validating the proposal checks for errors and omissions, and will alert you to missing requirements of your proposal. If the proposal is complete, you must then click SUBMIT. You will receive an email within ten minutes. Contact pcsupport@altum.com if you do not receive confirmation and do not see your proposal in the SUBMITTED tab or with the status changed to SUBMITTED.

  19. The deadline for notification about whether or not I have been selected or not has passed. What is the status of my proposal?plus--large

    You should receive notification within 24 hours of the deadline. Please check your spam filter settings if you have not received notification by then.

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