Research Management Group (RMG)

Simons Foundation
Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS)
*Request for Nominations*

*$500K+ Limited program for Stanford assistant professors with PI eligibility within 8 years of the start of their first faculty appointment (as of Aug. 1, 2018). The intent of the program is to help launch the research careers of outstanding junior scientists who are engaged in mathematical model-based research in the life sciences.   A university wide internal selection process is required because only two applicants are permitted.Note: these nominations do not have to remain confidential. See eligibility and purpose and rationale and scope below.

The 2017 internal deadline has passed. This webpage is for your reference only.


# of nominations permitted from Stanford: 2

Dean of Research Office internal deadline: Wed. Aug, 16, 2017, 5 p.m.(see internal submission guidelines below)
The nominees selected will submit their nomination packets to their RPM/RMG or CGO/OSR by: Oct. 24, 2017
Nomination submitted to the foundation*: Oct. 31, 2017 via proposal central
(*to be submitted by the nominee's institutional representative-RPM/RMG or Contract and Grant Officer in OSR)
Appointments will begin August 1, 2018.

Guidelines:   Download the PDF flle of the 2018 guidelines >>  PDF
Note: This RFP does not appear on the Simons Foundation's website.

Amount of Funding:



The Simon Investigators Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS) are outstanding scientists, often with mathematics or theoretical physics backgrounds but now engaged in mathematical model-based research in the life sciences who receive long-term support from the Simons Foundation. The intent of the program is to help launch the careers of outstanding junior scientists. Nominations will be evaluated on the basis of the nominee's potential for scientific accomplishment.

Rationale and scope:
New approaches in mathematically based modeling are making increasingly important contributions to the life sciences. The MMLS program aims to support such approaches and foster a scientific culture of theory-experiment collaborations similar to that prevailing in the physical sciences. To encourage young researchers to pursue this endeavor, the MMLS program will provide a long-term, stable base of support, enabling a focus on model-based approaches to important issues in the life sciences.

A broad spectrum of research areas within the life sciences will be considered, ranging from cellular-level issues of organization, regulation, signaling and morphogenic dynamics to the properties of organisms and ecology, as well as neuroscience and evolution; however, preference will be given to areas in which modeling approaches are less established and, for this reason, bioinformatics- and genomics-related proposals fall outside the scope of the program. In all cases, preference will be given to work that relates closely to experiment, developing mathematical models that can explain data, suggest new classes of experiments and introduce important, new concepts.


By  Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 5 p.m.,, please submit one PDF file containing the following in the order listed below to:

Jeanne Heschele
Limited Submission Program Coordinator Dean of Research Office

File name: Last name_Simons_Investigator_MMLS.pdf

Institutional representative: you do not have to submit your internal proposals to your RPM/RMG or your CGO in OSR for their approval. You can submit them directly to Jeanne.

1) Title Page
Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS)
PI name, title, department, address, phone, email address

2) A research statement-limited to 2 pages prepared by the nominee that outlines the nominee's research vision and plans.
(Two-page limit; references and figures do not need to be included in the page limit but should not exceed an additional page.)
Format: single-spaced in typeface no smaller than 10-point font. Margins in all directions, must be at least 1/2 inch.

2) Nomination letter (two page limit*)--from your department chair addressed to the Dean of Research Office limited program internal review committee on department letterhead, explaining the distinctive scientific contributions of the nominee and including discussion of a few important papers.
*this two-page limit is based on the sponsor's guidelines

3) The nominee’s curriculum vitae, including email address, Ph.D. year, institution, advisor, postdoctoral institutions and advisors, positions held subsequent to award of doctorate and 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 who will represent the university.


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