Research Management Group (RMG)

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

Limited program for Stanford assistant professors with PI eligibility within 10 years of the start of their first faculty appointment (as of Aug. 1, 2019). 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.  Note: The program explicitly does not support translational or specifically human disease–related research. See eligibility and purpose and rationale and scope below.

A university wide internal selection process is required because only two applicants are permitted. Note: these nominations do not have to remain confidential.

 

# of nominations permitted from Stanford: 2 (see internal submission guidelines below). Unlimited #'s of internal nominations may be submitted by each department.



Timeline
Dean of Research Office internal deadline: Wed. Sept. 19, 2018, 5 p.m.(see internal submission guidelines below)
The two nominees selected to represent Stanford will be notified by Sept. 28, 2018
The nominees selected will submit their nomination packets to their RPM/RMG or CGO/OSR by: Oct. 24, 2018
Nomination submitted to the foundation*: Oct. 31, 2018 via proposal central
(*applications must be submitted by the nominee's institutional representative-Research Process Manager in RMG or Contract and Grant Officer in OSR)
Appointments will begin August 1, 2019.



Guidelines:   
A PDF file of the 2019 guidelines can be downloaded from this webpage:
https://www.simonsfoundation.org/mathematics-physical-sciences/simons-investigators/simons-investigator-program-nominations/

Simons Investigators-awardees-MMLS webpage >>

 

Amount of Funding:


Eligibility:


Purpose:

The Simons Foundation invites nominations for Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS), a joint program of the Mathematics and Physical Sciences and Life Sciences divisions of the Simons Foundation. Investigators in MMLS are outstanding scientists, often with mathematics or theoretical physics backgrounds, now engaged in research based on mathematical modeling in the life sciences.

The basis for the award:
The intent of the Investigator in MMLS program is to help the research careers of outstanding scientists working on mathematical and theoretical approaches to topics in the life sciences. Nominations will be evaluated on the basis of nominees’ potential for scientific accomplishment in these areas.


Rationale and scope:
New approaches in mathematically based modeling are making increasingly important contributions to the life sciences. The MMLS program aims to support theoretical approaches making important contributions to the life sciences and, thus, to foster a scientific culture of theory-experiment collaborations similar to that prevailing in physics. To encourage 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 developing deep theoretical ideas relevant to experiments, suggesting new questions and new classes of experiments, introducing important, new concepts, and explaining data.

Theory must connect with experiment, and candidates should articulate their own views about the nature of this connection, rather than accepting conventional wisdom; theory is more than data analysis.

NOTE: The program explicitly does not support translational or specifically human disease–related research.


INTERNAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Unlimited #'s of internal nominations may be submitted by departments. These nominations do not have to remain confidential.

By  Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 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
650-245-2351
jheschele@stanford.edu


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
Date of the first faculty (assistant professor) appointment

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.

3) 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, focusing on scientific accomplishments of the past five years and including discussion of a few important papers.
*this two-page limit is based on the sponsor's guidelines

4) 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.

5) 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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