Simons Investigators

Program Description · Awardees

Each year, the Simons Foundation requests nominations from a targeted list of institutions in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland for the Simons Investigators programs. Simons Investigators are outstanding theoretical scientists who receive a stable base of research support from the foundation, enabling them to undertake the long-term study of fundamental questions.

Only nominations from institutions that receive the requests will be accepted. Please contact mps@simonsfoundation.org for more information.

Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science:

Basis for Awards: The intent of the Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science programs is to support outstanding scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing creative new research directions, providing leadership to the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists.

Level and Duration of Funding: A Simons Investigator in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics or Theoretical Computer Science is appointed for an initial period of five years. Renewal for an additional five years is contingent upon the evaluation of scientific impact of the Investigator.

An Investigator receives research support of $100,000 per year. An additional $10,000 per year is provided to the Investigator’s department. The Investigator’s institution receives an additional 20 percent in indirect costs.

Allowable Expenses: The funding provided to the Investigator may be used at the Investigator’s discretion to support research expenses, including salary support for postdoctoral, graduate or undergraduate research assistants, domestic or international travel, short or long-term visitors and research equipment.

Funding provided for the Investigator’s department is used at the discretion of the department chair to provide support for seminars, visitors, refreshments and related expenditures that benefit the research activities of the department.

Eligibility: To be an Investigator in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics or Theoretical Computer Science, a scientist must be engaged in theoretical research in mathematics, physics, astrophysics or computer science; must not previously have been a Simons Investigator; and must have a primary appointment as a tenured faculty member at an educational institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom or Ireland, on a campus within these countries and the primary department affiliation must have a Ph.D. program.

Simons Investigators in MMLS:

Basis for Awards: The intent of the Simons Investigators in MMLS program is to help the research careers of outstanding scientists working on mathematical and theoretical approaches to topics in the life sciences. Nominations will be evaluated on the basis of nominees’ potential for scientific accomplishment in these areas.

Level and Duration of Funding: A Simons Investigator in MMLS is appointed for a period of five years. An Investigator in MMLS receives research support of $100,000 per year. An additional $10,000 per year is provided to the Investigator’s department. The Investigator’s institution receives an additional 20 percent in indirect costs.

Allowable Expenses: The funding provided to the Investigator in MMLS may be used at the Investigator’s discretion to support research expenses, including salary support for postdoctoral, graduate or undergraduate research assistants, domestic or international travel, short or long-term visitors and research equipment.

Funding provided for the Investigator’s department is used at the discretion of the department chair to provide support for seminars, visitors, refreshments and related expenditures that benefit the research activities of the department.

Eligibility: To be a Simons Investigator in MMLS, a scientist must be engaged in research related to the program; must not previously have been a Simons Investigator; and must have a primary appointment as a faculty member at an educational institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom or Ireland, on a campus within these countries, and the primary department affiliation must have a Ph.D. program. At the time of appointment, an Investigator should be in the early stages of an academic career and must be within ten years of the start of his/her first faculty position.

Math+X Investigators:

This program encourages novel collaborations between mathematics and other fields in science or engineering by providing funds to professors to establish programs at the interface between mathematics and other fields of science or engineering. A Math+X Investigator is appointed for an initial period of five years with renewal for an additional five years contingent upon the evaluation of scientific impact of the Investigator.

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