Research Management Group (RMG)

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

This webpage contains the internal selection process for the limited Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS). This MMLS RFP is for Stanford assistant professors with PI eligibility within 5 years of the start of their first faculty appointment.   A university wide internal selection process is required because only one applicant is permitted. 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.

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# of nominations permitted from Stanford: 1

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

Dean of Research Office internal deadline: Monday, July 28, 2014, 4 p.m. (see internal submission guidelines below)
Nomination submitted to the foundation: Oct. 28, 2014


*At the time of appointment an Investigator should be in the early stages of an academic career [within 5 years of the start of the first faculty appointment as an assistant professor (with PI eligibility)].
To be an investigator, a scientist must be engaged in research related to the program, must have a primary appointment as a faculty member at a U.S. or Canadian educational institution with a Ph.D. program and not previously have been a Simons Investigator.

Level and Duration of Funding:
An Investigator will receive research support in an amount initially set at $100,000 per year.
An additional $10,000 per year will be provided to the Investigator’s department. The award is administered through the institution at which the Investigator is appointed, and this institution will receive 20 percent in indirect costs.
Up to 4 investigators will be appointed. A Simons Investigator in MMLS is appointed for a period of five years.
Appointments will begin August 1, 2015.


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:
Mathematical model based approaches are making increasingly important contributions to the life sciences. MMLS aims to support such approaches and to foster a scientific culture of theory-experiment collaboration similar to that prevailing in the physical sciences. To encourage young researchers to pursue this endeavor, MMLS 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 dynamics through morphogenesis to the properties of large organisms, as well as neuroscience and evolution, however preference will be given to areas in which modeling approaches areless well established, and for that reason bioinformatics and genomics will fall outside the scope of the program. In all cases preference will be given to work that relates closely to experiment, developing models that can explain data, suggest new classes of experiments and introduce important new concepts.

Internal submission guidelines

By Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, 12 noon, 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, of less than two pages in length, 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 nominee who will represent the university.


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