Research Management Group (RMG)

Simons Foundation
Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, and Theoretical Computer Science

This webpage contains the internal selection process for the limited Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, and Theoretical Computer Science. This RFP is for tenured Stanford faculty and/or faculty who will be tenured by the start date of the appointment (Aug. 15, 2015), and whose research involves one of three categories: mathematics, physics, or theoretical computer science. Two applicants are permitted for each category.

This webpage contains the 2014 internal selection process. A separate announcement will be distributed in 2015.

Download a PDF file of the guidelines >>   PDF
Note: This RFP does not appear on the Simons Foundation's website.

# of nominations permitted from Stanford: 2 in each category (mathematics, physics, theoretical computer science)

Internal Dean of Research Office deadline: Wed., Sept. 3, 2014 (see internal submission guidelines below)
Candidates notified of their selection: Sept. 18, 2014
Sponsor’s nomination deadline: Oct. 28, 2014
Appointment start date: Aug. 1, 2015


Amount of Funding:
$100,000 for the investigator per year and $10,000 for the department per year for up to 5 years. The institution will receive an additional 20 percent per year in indirect costs on the Investigator and departmental funds. There is the possibility of a renewal for another 5 years.
The foundation expects to appoint up to 3 Investigators in Mathematics, 7 Investigators in Physics, and up to 3 Investigators in Theoretical Computer Science.


Simons Investigators are outstanding theoretical scientists who receive long-term research support from the Simons Foundation. The Simons Investigators program aims to provide a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term investigations of the fundamental questions in their fields. The intent of the program is to support these scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing creative new research directions, providing leadership to the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists.

Internal submission guidelines

By Wed. Sept. 3, 2014, please submit the following in the order listed below in one PDF file to:

Jeanne Heschele
Limited Submission Program Coordinator Dean of Research Office
Funding Opportunity Administrator, Research Management Group

File name: Last name_Simons_Investigator_.pdf

Note: You do not need to generate a PDRF form or submit your internal proposals through your institutional representative.

1) Title Page
Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, and Theoretical Computer Science
Topic area (enter 1): Mathematics, Physics, or Theoretical Computer Science
PI name, title, department, address, phone, email address

2) Two page*-Nomination letter from your department chair printed on your department letterhead addressed to the Dean of Research Office internal review committee "explaining the distinctive scientific contributions of the nominee, focusing on scientific accomplishments of the past five years and including discussion of a few important papers."
*Note: this is the page limit established by the sponsor and will be a critical part of the nomination packet sent to the sponsor. The foundation's selection will be based entirely on each nominee's two page letter and CV.

3) The nominee’s curriculum vitae, "including Ph.D. year, institution, advisor, postdoctoral institutions and advisors, and positions held subsequent to award of doctorate. The nominee’s up-to-date publication list."

4) The nominee’s current and pending research support (include sponsor name, term, amount of funding)

Selection Process
Your internal proposals will be reviewed by the Dean of Research Office internal review committee. That committee will select the two nominees in each category who will represent the university.


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