Grants to Institutions

Targeted Grants to Institutes
(RFA Opens Summer 2015)

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.

Math+X: Encouraging Interactions

The Simons Foundation’s Math+X program is designed to encourage novel 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.

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, Africa in particular. The Project 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 foundation has awarded three grants in 2013, each 80,000 USD per year for five years, to research groups in mathematics at three universities in diverse regions across sub-Saharan Africa. A similar second round of five-year grants, comprised of new awards and/or award renewals, will be considered for 2017.

Awarded Institutes

Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

In 2012, the Simons Foundation awarded funding for the establishment of a new Institute for the Theory of Computing at the University of California, Berkeley.

In 2013, the Institute launched a new website, which features current program and activities, workshops and symposia, and information on the solicitation of proposals to run programs at the Institute.



American University of Beirut

The Simons Foundation has endowed the Michael Atiyah Chair in Mathematics.


The Aspen Center for Physics

The Simons Foundation has provided funding to the Aspen Center for Physics to support the participation in the Aspen Summer Program of outstanding scientists based in developing countries.


Centre de Recerca Matemàtica

In 2014, 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 Erwin Schrodinger International Institute

The Simons Foundation has established a Simons Junior Professor in Mathematics or Mathematical Physics at the Erwin Schrodinger International Institute for Mathematical Physics.


ICTP South American Institute for Fundamental Research

In 2014, 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.


Independent University of Moscow

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.


International Centre for Theoretical 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.


International Mathematical Union

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.


Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques

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.


Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada

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.


Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

In 2014, the Simons Foundation provided funding to the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences to create a Simons Fellowship Program with the aim of encouraging key participants, including program organizers, to stay longer than they otherwise would by offering an enhanced support package.


Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics

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.


Mathematical Research Institute Oberwolfach

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.


Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

Simons Professorships

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.

Eisenbud Professorship

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.


National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute

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.


Tsinghua Sanya International Mathematics Forum

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.