Grants to Individuals

Simons Investigators

Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, and the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems are outstanding theoretical scientists who receive long-term research support from the Simons Foundation. The program aims to provide a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term investigations of the fundamental questions.

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Simons Fellows

The Simons Fellows programs in both Mathematics and Theoretical Physics provide funds to faculty for up to a semester long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations.

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Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians

The goal of the program is to support the “mathematical marketplace” by substantially increasing collaborative contacts between mathematicians. The foundation will make a large number of collaboration grants to accomplished, active researchers in the United States who do not otherwise have access to funding that allows support for travel and visitors.

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Targeted Grants in MPS

The program is intended to support high-risk theoretical mathematics, physics and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis.

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AMS-Simons Travel Grants

The American Mathematical Society is overseeing a prestigious program of travel grants that will be available to mathematicians who are within four years of earning their Ph.D.s at the time the grant begins. By having travel funds available, a significant number of U.S. mathematicians will be able to travel to conferences and to work with collaborators. This promises to enhance the early stages of the research careers of these young mathematicians.

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Grants to Institutions

Targeted Grants to Institutes

The program is intended to support established institutes or centers in the mathematics and physical sciences through funding to help strengthen contacts within the international scientific community.

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NSF-Simons MathBioSys Initiative

The purpose of the NSF-Simons Research Centers for MathBioSys is to support innovative, collaborative research at the intersection of mathematics and molecular, cellular and organismal biology, to establish new connections between mathematical sciences and biological sciences and to promote interdisciplinary education and workforce training.

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Math+X: Encouraging Interactions

Through a matching grant for endowment, the Math+X program creates joint Chairs, each shared equally between a mathematics department and a partner department. The grants include substantial operating funds to support activities shared between the two departments.

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MAGMA (Software download)

Magma is a Computer Algebra system developed by the Computational Algebra Group at the University of Sydney, with many collaborators around the world. It specializes in areas of mathematics that make heavy use of algebraic ideas and techniques. The costs of its development are mainly covered by research grants. However, the cost of the software infrastructure is covered by a levy on all users. This levy also covers the cost of building binaries for all the popular platforms and the provision of basic support and a bug fixing service for the user community. The Simons Foundation has negotiated to buy a site license that would cover all academic and non-profit research users in the U.S (excluding certain government laboratories). Read More


Cornell University Library has received a five-year funding commitment of $350,000 per year from the Simons Foundation to secure the sustainability of arXiv during 2013-2017. Combined with Cornell’s annual commitment, the foundation’s five-year grant will provide a strong financial basis for the arXiv operation and build trust in the durability of a community-supported business model. The grant will encourage long-term community support by lowering arXiv membership fees, making participation affordable to a broad range of institutions. Most importantly, the participation of Simons Foundation in ensuring arXiv’s future will underscore the importance of the scholarly communication forum for the scientific community. Read More

Simons Collaborations

Conferences and Symposia

Simons Symposia

Each Simons Symposia series brings together mathematicians, theoretical physicists and/or theoretical computer scientists to interact and collaborate in a series of three symposia, held every second year and focusing on one topic or a tightly connected group of topics.

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