Grants to Individuals

Simons Investigators

Simons Investigators are outstanding theoretical scientists who receive a stable base of research support from the foundation, enabling them to…

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Simons Fellows

The Simons Fellows program provides funds to faculty for up to a semester-long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations.

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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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Scientific Software Research Faculty Award

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for its Scientific Software Research Faculty Award (SSRF Award) in the MPS program for faculty appointments to start between September 2024–September 2025. The foundation strongly encourages scientists from disadvantaged backgrounds or underrepresented groups to apply.

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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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AMS-Simons Research Enhancement Grants for PUI Faculty

The American Mathematical Society is managing a new program to foster and support research collaboration by mathematicians (with at least five years of experiences beyond the Ph.D.) employed full-time in tenured or tenure track positions at primarily-undergraduate institutions in the United States. This program aims to counteract the institutional barriers and limited funding options at these institutions, by providing modest, sustained support in an effort to impact the research efforts of the faculty, the visibility of their institutions, and the profession in general. Read More

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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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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Simons Observatory

The Simons Observatory will join the Atacama Cosmology Telescope and the Simons Array in the high Atacama Desert in Chile to make observations of the cosmic microwave background and study how the universe began, what it is made of, and how it evolved to its current state.

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Simons Array

Following completion of observations with POLARBEAR-1, two more 3.5 meter diameter Huan Tran Telescopes will be deployed at UCSD's James Ax Observatory. This project, known as the "Simons Array", will include more than 20,000 "POLARBEAR-2 style detectors, cooled nearly to absolute zero. The Simons Array will provide an unmatched combination of mapping speed, frequency, and sky coverage.

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MPS-NSF Joint Programs

NSF-Simons MathBioSys Research Centers

The NSF-Simons Research Centers for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems (MathBioSys) initiative created innovative, collaborative research centers at the intersection of mathematics and molecular, cellular and organismal biology, establishing new connections between mathematical sciences and biological sciences and promoting interdisciplinary education and workforce training.

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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 techniques. The Simons Foundation's support covers the cost of use for all academic and non-profit research users in the U.S..

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Cornell University Library receives funding from the Simons Foundation to secure the sustainability of arXiv, providing a strong financial basis for the arXiv operation and building trust in the durability of a community-supported business model. The grant encourages long-term community support by lowering arXiv membership fees, making participation affordable to a broad range of institutions.

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Simons Collaborations

Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences

Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences bring together groups of outstanding scientists to address topics of fundamental scientific importance in which significant new developments have created novel areas for exploration in the fields of mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science.

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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 up to three symposia, held every second year and focusing on one topic or a tightly connected group of topics.

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