The Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division, established in 2010, supports research in mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science, by providing funding for individuals, institutions, and science infrastructure.
Programs that support individuals include the Simons Investigators program, which provides long-term research funding to outstanding scientists, the Simons Fellows program, which enables faculty to extend sabbaticals from one academic term to a full year, and the Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians, which provides funding for travel and visitors to mathematicians without other significant grant support. The foundation’s Targeted Grants to Institutes program enables established institutions to extend their mission in creative new ways and, also supports the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at the University of California, Berkeley. The Simons Collaborations in MPS program, started in 2014, funds large scale, goal-driven projects that enable scientists to work together to address fundamental questions of major scientific importance.
Tschinkel’s research is at the interface of algebraic geometry and number theory. He studies higher-dimensional algebraic varieties, their hidden symmetries and rational points. He is the author of 125 papers and editor of 18 books.
Greg Gabadadze joined MPS in 2017 and is professor of physics and chair of the physics department at New York University, where he previously served as director of the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics.
Eitan Bachmat is a professor of computer science at Ben-Gurion University. He works on problems in the areas of Storage Systems, Performance analysis, Systems engineering, Operations research, Autism, Personalized Medicine and Digital healthcare, using techniques from Physics, Mathematics and CS.
Meghan Fazzi joined the Simons Foundation in 2008. She is the senior executive assistant to MPS director Yuri Tschinkel, directs the division’s conferences and events and oversees the day-to-day activities of MPS.
Elizabeth Roy joined the Simons Foundation in 2010. She worked previously at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) as research administration manager focusing on pre-award grants management. Prior to JDRF, she worked as a systems project leader at Kraft Foods.
Jacob Cappell joined the Simons Foundation in 2014 with a background in independent web design and production. He is responsible for production of the Mathematics and Physical Sciences section of SimonsFoundation.org.
Emily Klein joined the foundation in 2015 to support programs in Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Previously, she coordinated medical education programs and assisted with grants at the Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.