Research Management Group (RMG)

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

**Limited program for tenured Stanford faculty and/or faculty who will be tenured by the start date of the appointment (Aug. 1, 2017), and whose research involves one of four categories: mathematics, physics, astrophysics, or theoretical computer science. Two applicants are permitted for each category, therefore, a university-wide internal selection process is required.**

The internal deadline for 2016 has passed. This webpage is for your reference only.

The sponsor asks that nominations be treated confidentially – the nominees should not know they are being nominated, if possible.

# of nominations permitted from Stanford: 2 in each of the four categories: (mathematics, physics, astrophysics, theoretical computer science)

Internal Dean of Research Office deadline: Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 5 p.m. (see internal submission guidelines below)
Candidates notified of their selection:
Sponsor’s nomination deadline: Oct. 31, 2016 via proposal central*
(*nominations to be made by institutional representative in RMG or OSR)
Appointment start date:  Aug. 1, 2017

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


Amount of Funding:
An investigator will receive $100,000 per year in research support. An additional $10,000 per year will be provided to the Investigator’s department. The award will be administered through the Investigator’s institution, which will receive an additional 20 percent per year in indirect costs.
Term: Investigators are appointed for an initial period of five years. Renewal for an additional five years may be considered, contingent upon the evaluation of scientific impact of the Investigator. Renewal beyond the ten-year period will not be considered. Appointments will begin August 1, 2017.
Number of Awards: In 2017, the foundation expects to appoint up to four Investigators in mathematics, up to five in physics, up to two in astrophysics and up to three in theoretical computer science.


The Simons Investigators in Mathematics, (Theoretical) Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science program aims to provide a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term investigations of the fundamental theoretical 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 in the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists .

Allowable Expenses:
The funding provided to a Simons Investigator may be used at the Investigator’s discretion to support research expenses in the following categories:

Expenditures in other expense categories may be possible but must be approved in advance by the foundation. Investigator funds may not be used for sabbatical salary support or teaching relief of any kind.

Funding provided for the Investigator’s department should be 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. Funds may also be used to subsidize meals for faculty, students and visitors. In addition, these funds may be used to help pay for furniture and research infrastructure such as copiers, computer servers and computer support. The department is expected to provide appropriate administrative support to the Investigator.



By Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 5 p.m.,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, Astrophysics, and Theoretical Computer Science
Topic area (enter 1): Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics 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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