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

Funding Agency:
Simons Foundation

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences division invites nominations for Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science

Rationale: The Simons Investigators in Mathematics, (Theoretical) Physics, (Theoretical) Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science program aims to provide a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake longterm investigations of fundamental questions in their fields. The intent of the program is to support these scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing new research directions, providing leadership in the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists. 

The foundation will accept up to two nominations per university in each of Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics, Theoretical Computer Science.

The foundation asks each university to submit nominations, confidentially, for up to two nominees for each of the three fields. Steve Murray in Foundation Relations (stephen.murray@duke.edu)  is coordinating the nomination process with Departmental Chairs.

 

Sponsor's Nomination Deadline: October 31, 2019

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility: To be eligible to be nominated for an Investigator award, a scientist must be engaged in theoretical research in mathematics, physics, astrophysics or computer science and must not have previously been a Simons Investigator. He/she 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 (note that the appointment need not be in a mathematics, physics or computer science department).

We ask that nominations for the Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science programs be treated confidentially — the nominees should not know they are being nominated, if possible. Nomination applications must be submitted by an institutional representative via his/her pC account in coordination with the appropriate institutional officials and policies. 

Amount

$500,000

Amount Description

Level and Duration of Funding: Investigators are appointed for an initial period of five years for up to $132,000 per year. Renewal for an additional five years may be considered, contingent upon the evaluation of scientific impact of the Investigator prior to the end of year five. Renewal beyond the ten-year period will not be considered.

An Investigator award provides $100,000 per year in research support for the Investigator and $10,000 per year to the Investigator’s department. The Investigator’s institution will receive an additional 20 percent per year in indirect costs.

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

October 31, 2019