The Simons Foundation division for Mathematics and Physical Sciences seeks to extend the frontiers of basic research. The division’s primary focus is on mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science.
The MPS division was established in 2010 and provides 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.
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.
Meghan Fazzi joined the Simons Foundation in 2008. She assists MPS director Yuri Tschinkel and helps to develop and coordinate the Simons Science Series, Simons Symposia and Science Lives projects.
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.
Andrew Millis is associate director for Physics at the Simons Foundation and Professor of Physics at Columbia University, where he served as department chair from 2006-2009.
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.
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 100 papers and editor of 15 books.