- Application Deadline
- Award Notification
- Award Start Date
No later than July 1, 2022
The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for the Targeted Grants to Institutes program.
The foundation strongly encourages the participation of scientists from underrepresented groups.
The program is intended to support established institutes or centers in mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science through funding to help strengthen contacts within the international scientific community. Our aim is to enable institutes to extend and enhance their missions; this program will not provide primary support for operating or establishing an institute.
Level and Duration of Funding
The Targeted Grants to Institutes program provides funding for up to three years and up to $200,000 per year, which includes 20 percent per year in indirect costs to the institution. Awards will not be considered for renewal. Awardees must reapply to the Targeted Grants to Institutes program for new funding for a period after their current award ends. Awards can begin no earlier than January 1, 2022, and must begin no later than July 1, 2022.
The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested by the institution in the proposal. Please see the Simons Foundation’s grant policies for further guidelines.
Applications may be submitted by established U.S. and foreign public and private educational and nonprofit institutes and research centers. The program is not intended to support institutes or centers whose main purpose is to provide a focal point for research of faculty at a specific university. This program will not support national labs, or the equivalent, with a primary focus on experiments.
Generally, any grant funds not spent in one year of the grant may be spent in subsequent years without prior approval, but unspent funds at the end of the grant must be returned to the foundation. No-cost extension requests will be considered.
Number of Awards
The foundation expects to award up to three grants each year.
How to Apply
Institutions, via single applicants, must apply through proposalCENTRAL (https://proposalcentral.com/). The deadline to apply is September 23, 2021, at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT.
Please refer to the How to Apply tab for further instructions.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences. The Simons Foundation is committed to grantmaking that inspires and supports greater diversity and inclusiveness by cultivating a funding environment that ensures representation of all identities and differences and equitable access to information and resources for all applicants and grantees.
The Simons Foundation provides equal opportunities to all applicants for funding without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state and local law. The foundation also funds programs directed at supporting scientists from disadvantaged backgrounds or underrepresented groups, often working closely with professional societies and other funding agencies.
- Application Deadline
- Award Notification
- Award Start Date
No later than July 1, 2022
Please see the general instructions for application submission.
Please be sure to submit a proposal using the appropriate application (Mathematics and Physical Sciences — Targeted Grants to Institutes).
Proposal attachments should be single-spaced and in typeface no smaller than 10-point font. Margins must be at least half an inch in all directions.
Please complete the application as follows:
- Title Page: Enter the title of the application..
- Download Templates & Instructions: A Current and Pending Support template is provided and can be used for the Current and Pending Support for Key Personnel proposal attachment requirement noted below.
- Enable Other Users to Access this Proposal: This screen allows users to give other users access to the grant application, if necessary.
- Applicant: This information is preloaded from the applicant’s professional profile.
Organization/Institution: This information is preloaded from the institutional profile. The Simons Foundation requires the provision of contact information for institutional officials for both pre- and post-award management. Please select names from the list of officials supplied with your proposalCENTRAL’s institution profile and click the Add button. If the contact you need is not on the list, enter the contact’s email address and click the Add button. Note that the officials added here are the only individuals who will automatically have access to this grant if the application is awarded. All other officials not listed in the application (including primary signing officials and primary financial officers) must request access to a grant after an application is awarded. Also note that proposalCENTRAL’s institution profile is not tied to the Simons Foundation’s institutional profile. Officials added at the application stage are not automatically added to the Simons Foundation’s institutional profile. Please see the Simons Foundation’s grant policies for more information regarding institutional contacts.
NOTE: The applicant cannot act as the signing official and/or financial officer.
- Key Personnel: Indicate up to five key scientific personnel who will be directly involved in the activities that support is being requested for, as it is known at the proposal stage. If the applicant can be considered key scientific personnel, please include him/her in this section.
- Budget Period Detail: Provide a detailed, yearly, three-year budget in U.S. dollars. Awards can begin no earlier than January 1, 2022, and must begin no later than July 1, 2022. After entering in the budget period start and end dates, please skip the section labeled ‘DO NOT USE THIS SECTION.’ In the Proposal Budget for Direct Costs section, please itemize anticipated costs per program, within the designated subcategories. A program could be, for example, a visiting professorship, a visiting scholars program, a conference or a fellowship program. To add a new line item under each category, click on the Add button.
For each program, please select a subcategory for each line item and provide an appropriate description. Each description should include the program name.
Line Item 1 Subcategory: Salaries. Description: Visiting professorship summer salary
Line Item 2 Subcategory: Fringe Benefits. Description: Visiting professorship benefits package
Line Item 3 Subcategory: Travel. Description: Visiting professorship travel to and from institution
Indirect Costs in total for all programs should be entered per budget period.
Please note that Programs do not correspond to Budget Years. Each Budget Period should be completed as appropriate for each Program.
- Budget Summary & Justification: This section summarizes the budget entered in the Budget Period Detail section. Please provide a detailed justification for each program budget included in the Budget Period Detail section. The character limit for each box is 8,000.
- Proposal Attachments (attachments must be uploaded as unlocked PDFs; please confirm this before uploading):
- Requested Support Summary (six-page limit, plus up to two pages for references and figures, which can be embedded within the text): A summary of the support requested, including the specific scientific goals, background relevant to the application and significance of the proposed support.
- Budget: In addition to entering the budget in the Budget Period Detail section, the institution must upload a detailed, yearly, up to three-year budget in U.S. dollars in their template for additional reference.
- A Curriculum Vitae: To be submitted for all individuals noted in the Key Personnel section above. Required information includes:
- information about professional preparation, positions held, and honors and awards;
- a list of current and former collaborators, postdoctoral fellows supervised and Ph.D. students trained within the past five years; and
- a list of up to 10 relevant publications.
- Current and Pending Support for Key Personnel: To be submitted for the applicant and all individuals noted in the Key Personnel section above. The list should include all financial resources — whether federal, nonfederal, commercial or institutional — that are available in direct support of the individual’s research endeavors, including but not limited to research grants, cooperative agreements, contracts and/or institutional awards. The provided template does not have to be used, but each support item listed should include the following:
- indication of active or pending,
- award/project number,
- principal investigator,
- source of support,
- title of project,
- dates of approved/proposed project and
- annual direct costs.
- Current and Pending Support for the Institute: The list should include all financial resources that are available in direct support of the institute’s research endeavors. Formatting is at the institute’s discretion but should include at least the sources and dates of support, brief summary of support and total funding provided.
- 501(c)(3) Equivalency Determination Letter from the IRS or Equivalency Certificate from NGOsource (if applicable):
- See Simons Foundation’s grant policies for requirements for grants to international institutions. The Simons Foundation requires that an institution is the equivalent of a U.S. public charity before making the award.
- If an international institution has been issued a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States stating exemption under 501(c)(3) and, furthermore, either a 509(a)(1), (2) or (3) classification, a copy of this letter must be uploaded to the application.
- If an international institution has previously been approved as equivalent of a U.S. public charity via NGOsource, a copy of the issued certificate must be uploaded to the application.
- If an international institution does not have the letter or certificate at the application stage, do not upload anything for this attachment type.
- If an international institution is selected for funding and does not have one of the aforementioned documents, the foundation will require that the institution complete an equivalency determination with NGOsource. The foundation will handle all administrative and financial aspects of this determination.
- IRS letters should not be uploaded for U.S. institutions.
- Signed Signature Page:
- Must be downloaded in the Signature Page(s) section of the application, signed by the designated signing official from the institution’s sponsored research office (or equivalent) and then re-uploaded as a proposal attachment.
- Please note that not all fields on the generated signature page will be populated and those fields should be left blank.
- Only the signed first page of the signature page PDF file needs to be uploaded for this requirement.
- An application should not be submitted without a signature on the signed signature page.
- Validate: Click the Validate button to check for any missing required information or files. All missing required information will be listed on the screen and must be corrected before the application can be submitted.
- Signature Page(s): Once all sections are completed, the signed signature page is to be downloaded in this section of the application, signed by the signing official from the institution’s sponsored research office (or equivalent) and then re-uploaded as a proposal attachment.
- Submit: This section will only appear if the deadline has not passed.
Who should submit the application at the institute?
Although this is at the discretion of the institute, the applicant is typically the director of the institute.
My institution received a Targeted Grant, but it will end this year. Can we reapply for funding?
Yes, current awardees whose grant will end this fiscal year are welcome to apply for continued or new funding. The proposal will be competitively reviewed with the other applicants.
Are the selection criteria different for institutes in developing countries?
For institutes in developing countries, the foundation will also consider how the grant can help stimulate the progress of science in those countries and how it can help connect developing countries to the scientific mainstream.
May applications come from a center or institute within a larger university, rather than freestanding institutes?
Yes, centers and institutes within larger universities are eligible, as long as their main purpose is to support a field by strengthening contacts within the scientific community. Centers and institutes whose primary purpose is to provide a focal point for the research of local faculty at that university are not appropriate for this program.
Are chemistry-focused institutes eligible?
Chemistry is outside the purview of the program and the MPS division, which focuses on mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science.
If my institute is not awarded a targeted grant this year, can we reapply next year?
Yes, there is no limit to the number of times an institute can apply.
Can my institute submit more than one application during an application cycle?
Yes, there is no limit to the number of applications per institution.
Is the cost of insurance to cover the exchange rate allowed as a direct cost?
No, this would not be an allowable cost.
The foundation has partnered with NYU to support the Simons-NYU Science Explorations Summer Program, to bring together students from diverse backgrounds with a passion for the physical and life sciences. The goal of the program is to introduce students to college-level scientific concepts while giving them a traditional 4-year-college experience, and providing networking and mentorship opportunities with some of today’s most innovative researchers. During the course of this program, students will participate in lectures and labs led by some of the world’s leading scientists in NYU’s biology, chemistry, neural science, physics, and psychology departments.
The Simons Foundation will provide funding to the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences at the University of British Columbia to support postdoctoral fellows, a summer research program in mathematics, a scholars exchange program, and travel support for scientists to attend the Pacific Rim Mathematical Association Congress in 2022.
The foundation will provide funding to the William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities to support summer schools in condensed-matter physics, particle physics, and astrophysics and cosmology, long-term visitors, working groups, and rapid response workshops organized on current hot topics in theoretical physics.
The foundation’s award will provide funding to the institute for astrophysicists to attend workshops and summer schools, to collaborate on computational modeling and data analysis, and to support young scientists, including research internships for college students and postdoctoral fellows.
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The foundation’s award will support the Simons Postdoctoral Leadership Initiative, which, over a three-year period, will host four Simons Postdoctoral Leaders to conduct research in either theoretical computer science or the foundations of data science and artificial intelligence.
Funding will support Lebedev Physical Institute’s Summer School of Modern Astrophysics (SOMA) via student and lecturer fellowships. SOMA is designed for the scientific growth of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in astronomy and astrophysics.
Simons Foundation funding will establish Simons Early Career Fellowships, enabling some of the best young researchers to become tenure-track faculty at ICTS. Additionally, the award will continue current support for Simons Visiting Scholars and Simons Visiting Chair Professors. Funds will also be used toward special program initiatives.
The foundation will continue to provide funding to the Banach Center to support Simons Semesters, in which distinguished senior researchers and outstanding young researchers are appointed as Simons Semester Fellows to come to IMPAN to lead long-term programs in forefront research areas.
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The Simons Foundation will support CIMPA courses, whereby mathematics departments or laboratories in developing countries can apply to CIMPA for funding to invite external researchers to deliver courses to local students or researchers. The funding will also create CIMPA-SIMONS Fellows, supporting young mathematicians from developing countries in long-term thematic programs in mathematics at CIMPA.
The Simons Foundation will provide funding to the Park City Mathematics Institute to support the six programs that are part of their annual three-week residential summer program.
The University of Miami Department of Mathematics will create and manage the Institute of Mathematical Sciences of the Americas (IMSA), with the goal of building a cohesive mathematical community for the Americas. Intensive, two-year-long research working groups, semester emphasis programs and hot-topic workshops will be key components of IMSA’s work.
The Simons Foundation will continue to provide funding to the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences to expand upon the Simons Fellowship Program to support more fellows, provide per diem and travel support, and allow fellows to be appointed to short programs, with the condition that they must stay for the full duration (four to six weeks).
Funding will go to support Casa Matemática Oaxaca (CMO), a recently created center developed by a partnership between Banff International Research Station (BIRS), UNAM and the Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas. Activities include CMO/BIRS meetings and workshops, research groups, schools and conferences, contributing to the training of U.S.-based mathematical scientists, mostly young researchers, and encouraging interactions with the Mexican, Canadian and Latin American mathematical communities.
The Simons Foundation will continue to provide funding to the Hamilton Mathematics Institute to extend the Simons Visiting Professors, the Simons Postdoctoral Fellows and Simons Visiting Scholars programs. Additionally, funding will support an annual Simons Graduate School focusing on mathematics and theoretical physics in alternating years, offering lectures suitable for graduate students and early-career researchers to benefit Irish and international students. The funds will also support the organization of a Simons Symposia during the final two years of the grant, bringing Irish and international mathematicians and physicists together.
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The American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) advances the frontiers of mathematical knowledge by fostering collaborations among diverse groups of researchers. AIM’s primary scientific programs are weeklong, focused workshops and small research groups called Structured Quartet Research Ensembles (SQuaREs). Simons Foundation funding will go toward increasing the number of SQuaREs held each year.
Perimeter Institute is an independent, resident-based research institution devoted to theoretical physics. The Simons Emmy Noether Fellows Program is designed to provide a strategic boost to outstanding early- and mid-career female physicists. While resident at Perimeter Institute for periods of up to one year, Fellows will be able to pursue their research intensively, free of teaching and administrative duties, and to develop new international peer networks.
The Multifarious Minds Initiative at the Institute for Nuclear Theory at the University of Washington
The Institute for Nuclear Theory offers scientific programs in various areas of nuclear theory, bringing together large numbers of distinguished scientists from around the world. The Multifarious Minds Initiative aims to gather people from a variety of different cultures and backgrounds, with an emphasis on the developing world, providing an environment where young scientists can critically assess promising new ideas.
The Institute of Mathematics, part of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, is an institution for advanced research in mathematics, promoting mathematical applications in economic and social development and developing scientific cooperation with research institutions in Vietnam and abroad. The Simons Foundation funding will go to support thematic programs, conferences and workshops, scientific schools for graduate students, and a postdoctoral fellows program, aiming to strengthen the collaborations between members of the institute and foreign colleagues.
The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) develops and hosts research programs and activities that support and broaden the relationship between mathematics and computation. The Simons Foundation will support the Simons Research Professorships at ICERM program, which will provide substantial stipend support for key scientists to be in residence for three months at ICERM. The foundation will also support the programming of hot topic workshops, enabling the institute to respond rapidly to exciting research developments.
Saint Petersburg Department of V.A. Steklov Institute of Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Saint Petersburg Department of V.A. Steklov Mathematical Institute is an independent institute within the Russian Academy of Sciences. The Simons Foundation will support thematic programs, conferences and workshops each year, as well as international meetings that include scientific schools for graduate students and new postdoctoral fellows.
The Mandelstam Institute for Theoretical Physics (MITP) aims to encourage discussion and multidisciplinary collaboration between traditionally separated areas of theoretical physics and to provide an environment conducive of quality research. The Simons Foundation funds will go toward improving research competitiveness and international integration of the research activities in South Africa, through supporting month-long visits by leading researchers, joint postdoctoral fellowships and workshops and outreach activities at the MITP.
The Centre de Recherches Mathématiques (CRM) serves as a national center for fundamental research in mathematics and their applications. The Simons Foundation will provide funding to establish the Simons CRM Scholars program, which will allow the CRM to invite junior- and senior-level researchers for extended visits.
The Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) sponsors programs that bring together researchers from different disciplines or from different areas of mathematics with the goal of sparking long-term interdisciplinary collaboration. The Simons Foundation will provide support to enable senior participants to participate in long programs as well as the enhancement of IPAM’s video facility to make lectures more widely accessible.
The Niels Bohr International Academy (NBIA) is an independent center of excellence hosted by the Niels Bohr Institute. Its mission is to attract the best and brightest to Denmark, to an environment that enables breakthrough research in the physical sciences and mathematics. The Simons Foundation will support a three-year program of Simons Visiting Professorships in theoretical physics at the NBIA, for a total of six four-month professorships.
Institut Mittag-Leffler (IML) is an international center for research and postdoctoral training in mathematical sciences. The Simons Foundation will support two larger conferences during the major research programs at the IML and enable prominent scientists normally not able to come for longer periods to participate in the IML activities to the benefit of existing research programs.
The Hamilton Mathematics Institute (HMI) aims to foster and support the economic, cultural and societal benefits of mathematics and fundamental science as drivers of progress in Ireland. The Simons Foundation will provide funding for three new appointment types in pure mathematics and theoretical physics: Simons Distinguished Visiting Professor, Simons Postdoctoral Fellow and Simons Visiting Scholar.
International Mathematical Union (IMU) Commission for Developing Countries is a program of cooperation with and in support of mathematical institutions and individual mathematicians in the developing world. The Simons Foundation will provide funds to establish the IMU-Simons African Fellowship Program, to support individual research-related travel and living costs for mathematicians from developing countries in Africa to travel to a center of excellence in any part of the world for collaborative research.
The International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS) is a multi- and interdisciplinary effort with a mandate to take new initiatives on the frontiers of science, and catalyze and promote collaboration in research. Support from the Simons Foundation will establish Simons postdoctoral fellowships, a visiting scholars program and a distinguished chair.
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The foundation has extended the support of the Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Beijing International Center for Mathematical Research, part of Peking University.
The Simons Foundation supported the establishment of the Simons Visiting Program at the Centre de Recerca Matemàtica, aimed at enhancing the existing Thematic Research Programs by offering financial support to senior researchers for visits from 2 to 6 months long.
The Simons Foundation approved funding to the International Center for Theoretical Physics South American Institute for Fundamental Research to supplement the Sao Paulo State Research Funding Agency Fellowship in order to create a competitive tenure-track position.
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The Simons Foundation has established a Simons Junior Professor in Mathematics or Mathematical Physics at the Erwin Schrodinger International Institute for Mathematical Physics.
The Simons Foundation has provided funding to The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics to support the ICTP Associates Program. This program enables a selected group of research-active scientists from developing countries to maintain a connection with ICTP by visiting for extended periods over the course of several years, and by sending students or post-doctoral fellows to ICTP.
The Simons Foundation has provided funding to support the IMU’s Commission for Developing Countries program, which supports collaborative research visits of mathematicians working in the developing world.
The Simons Foundation has initiated the Oberwolfach Simons Visiting Professors Program at the Mathematical Research Institute Oberwolfach. Each year, this program will support 40 Simons Visiting Professors, distinguished scientists from outside Europe, who wish to combine an invitation to a workshop at MFO with a research visit to a European university.
The Simons Foundation has founded the Simons Center for the Study of Living Machines for data-driven theoretical biology at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, a division of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.
The Simons Foundation has provided funding to the Tsinghua University Education Foundation to support the Tsinghua Sanya International Mathematics Forum’s weekly workshops being held starting in 2014.
The Simons Foundation has provided a grant to the 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 the IUM who are chosen by a selection committee consisting of the faculty members of the IUM. Stipends for Students and Graduate Students are awarded to the best students at the IUM doing successful research.
The Simons Foundation has provided funding to the IMPA to establish two new tenure track faculty positions, the Chern Chair in Geometry and the Simons Chair in Geometry. Two tenure track researchers, José Espinar and Mikhail Belolipetsky, were chosen after a thorough selection process with candidates from all over the world.
The Simons Foundation is providing funding for the Simons Visiting Scientist Program at the KITP at the University of California at Santa Barbara. This program provides support to scientists leaving their home institutions for extended periods of time to visit the KITP and participate in its programs.
The Simons Foundation has endowed the Michael Atiyah Chair in Mathematics.
The Simons Foundation pledged €5 million gift for general operating support. This challenge gift is a one-to-one matching grant and requires IHES to raise €5 million in cash or pledges from third party donors by September 30, 2016.
For more than 10 years the Simons Foundation has given $100,000 each year to support the cost of bringing leading mathematicians to MSRI. In the last four years MSRI has hosted 23 Simons Professors.
In 2007, the Simons Foundation awarded a grant of $10 million to establish MSRI’s endowment, which included a direct grant to endow the Eisenbud Professorship. To date, 40 mathematicians have spent time at MSRI with support from this grant.
In 2013, the foundation awarded additional funds to support postdoctoral fellows and senior participants at the institute.