Math+X Investigators

Funding Agency:
Simons Foundation

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences division invites nominations for the Math+X Investigators program. 

This program is designed to encourage novel collaborations between mathematics and other fields in science or engineering by providing funds to professors at universities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland to establish programs at the interface between mathematics and other fields of science or engineering. 

 The foundation asks that universities submit not more than one nomination to the Math+X Investigator program.


  • Duke Internal Deadline: August 25, 2017
  • Sponsor Deadline: October 31, 2017

Those wishing to participate in this funding opportunity should contact Steve Murray in Foundation Relations

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Mathematics and X Partner Departments: The X partner should be a department of science or engineering at the Investigator’s university that will engage in significant collaboration with the mathematics department in an area where such collaboration is not the norm. Both departments must have doctoral programs. The foundation will accept proposals for Applied Math+X but not Statistics+X.
X partners in finance and business will not be considered. Proposals involving connections to areas where there are already well-established links with mathematics, such as economics, string theory or computational complexity, will also not be considered unless the proposal involves particularly unique collaborations.

Math+X Investigators: The Math+X Investigator must be a current tenured faculty member with a primary appointment in the mathematics department at a U.S. or Canadian institution, on a campus within these countries. A person with a primary appointment in the statistics department is not eligible. The Investigator will be expected to teach both in the mathematics and the X partner departments and be appointed in both departments by the award’s start date (courtesy appointments will be allowed). There are no citizenship requirements.

The foundation reserves the right to determine eligibility, but, typically, a “primary appointment” is defined as one where the Investigator is a full-time employee of an academic institution with a teaching load that is comparable to that of other faculty members in the same department. Investigators may transfer their award to a new educational institution within the United States or Canada, subject to approval from the foundation and the old and new institutions. The award will be interrupted or terminated, at the foundation’s discretion, if an Investigator takes up a primary long-term position (i) at a research institute, national laboratory, other institution outside the United States or Canada or another campus of their current institution that falls outside the United States or Canada; at (ii) a for-profit organization; or (iii) accepts a major administrative responsibility that significantly reduces the time available for research.

Investigators are not eligible to hold a Simons Fellowship or another Simons Investigator award for the duration of the Math+X Investigator award.



Amount Description

Level and Duration of Funding: A Math+X Investigator is appointed for a period of five years and will receive support in the amount of $300,000 per year, which includes up to 20 percent in indirect costs to the Investigator’s institution. Renewal for an additional five years is contingent upon the evaluation of the scientific impact of the Investigator. Renewal beyond the ten-year period will not be considered. Appointments will begin July 1, 2018. 

Funding Type


Duke Awardees

2016 - Ingrid Daubechies - Mathematics




Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

Internal Nomination

Those wishing to participate in this funding opportunity should contact Steve Murray in Foundation Relations

Internal Deadline

August 25, 2017

External Deadline

October 31, 2017