The New York City-based Simons Foundation works to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences.
To that end, the foundation is inviting applications to its annual Bridge to Independence Award Program. Created in 2015, the program promotes talented early-career scientists by facilitating their transition to research independence and providing grant funding at the start of their professorships. Through the program, grants of $495,000 over three years will be awarded to senior postdoctoral fellows who intend to seek a tenure-track faculty position during the upcoming academic year. The award will be activated upon assumption of a tenure-track professorship at a U.S. or Canadian research institution.
Although eligible applicants currently must be in a postdoc training position, the award itself is not a training fellowship but instead is a research grant to newly appointed faculty. The program's selection process is uniquely designed to enhance a BTI awarde's job prospects by providing a letter that specifies SFARI financial commitment to the research project once the awardee has secured a suitable faculty position.
Applications are encouraged from postdoctoral fellows working on autism-related projects, but the award is also open to researchers who are not currently working on autism but are interested in starting research projects in this area and who have expertise that could positively impact research on this complex disorder.
Letters of Intent and recommendation are due August 8. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal on a rolling basis between December 1, 2019, and December 1, 2020.
See the Simons Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of current BTI program awardees.