Research Management Group (RMG)

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

*Limited program for Stanford assistant professors with PI eligibility within 8 years of the start of their first faculty appointment (as of Aug. 1, 2017). 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.*

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


# of nominations permitted from Stanford: 2

Dean of Research Office internal deadline: Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 5 p.m.(see internal submission guidelines below)
Nomination submitted to the foundation: Oct. 31, 2016 via proposal central*
(*to be submitted by the PI's institutional representative-RPM/RMG or OSR grant and contract officer)
Appointments will begin August 1, 2017.

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

Level and Duration 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. (Eight awards to be made in 2017.)
Term: Simons Investigator in MMLS is appointed for a period of five years beginning Aug. 1, 2017.



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 collaboration 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. 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

File name: Last name_Simons_Investigator_MMLS.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 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 and outlining the nominee's research vision and plans.
References are not included in the page limit, but cannot exceed one 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--from your department chair addressed to the Dean of Research Office limited program internal review committee explaining the nominee’s most significant research accomplishments and provide insight into the nominee’s research program and likely future scientific trajectory.

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 who will represent the university.


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