General Instructions for Application Submission

Contact Information:

Program or Administrative Questions:
Elizabeth Roy
Senior Program Manager
[email protected]

Technical Questions:
[email protected]

All deadlines are in Eastern Standard Time. Applications should be started and submitted under the applicant’s own account on proposalCENTRAL (pC). Please coordinate submission of the proposal with the appropriate officials in accordance with institution policies.

Additionally, all applicants must work with their institutional officials to ensure their existing pC institutional account is up-to-date or to register their institution with pC. Please see the pC instructions for “How to Register your Institution with proposalCENTRAL (Grants and Contracts Officials Only)” at

For NEW proposalCENTRAL Users:

Please see the pC instructions for “How to Register as a proposalCENTRAL user” at

Note: It is not a requirement for the applicant to complete all sections of his/her Professional Profile. Within each application, a red asterisk will indicate the required Professional Profile and Institutional Profile fields.

For EXISTING proposalCENTRAL Users:

Log in:
Please see the pC instructions on “How to Create an Application using proposalCENTRAL” at

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I need approval from the grants office at my institution to submit my application?
    With the exception of the Simons Symposia application, the Simons Foundation requires the signature of a signing official in your institution’s sponsored projects or equivalent office to submit an application.
  2. I cannot find the Submit button. Where is it?
    If the submission deadline has not passed, use the validate button to check for missing requirements. If the deadline has passed, you will not be able to submit your proposal. The foundation reviews requests for extensions on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Will the Simons Foundation accept the signing official’s digital signature on the signature page?
    Yes, that is acceptable.
  4. Can you verify that my application was received?
    Due to the volume of applications, it is not possible for the foundation to verify, via email or phone, that an application was received. After successful submission, the application will be listed within the Manage Proposals tab, under the In Progress tab with the status Submitted. Additionally, a confirmation email is sent to the applicant upon submission. Please be sure that spam filters allow emails from [email protected] — this is also important for the receipt of notifications about the status of an application.
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