The Simons Foundation is inviting applications for its Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences program.
The goal of the Simons Collaborations in MPS program is to stimulate progress on fundamental scientific questions of major importance in mathematics, theoretical physics, and theoretical computer science. To that end, $2 million a year for an initial period of four years (including up to 20 percent a year for indirect costs) will be awarded in support of collaborations that address a mathematical or theoretical topic of fundamental scientific importance where a significant, new development creates a novel area for exploration or provides a new direction for progress in an established field. The foundation expects to award a single grant in 2021.
Questions addressed by the collaboration may be concrete or conceptual, but there should be little doubt that answering them would constitute a major scientific milestone. Each collaboration should be led by a collaboration director, who is expected to determine the scientific agenda, coordinate the scientific activities of the other members, determine (in collaboration with the other members) the scientific themes, coordinate a collaboration website, and organize collaboration meetings and activities as appropriate, including a two-day annual meeting at the foundation.
The collaboration director must hold a tenured faculty, or equivalent, position at a U.S. or Canadian educational institution with a PhD program in the director’s department at the time of application. PIs and co-Investigators must hold a tenured or tenure-track faculty (or equivalent) position at an educational institution at the time of application. There are no restrictions on the department and/or discipline of the director or PIs/co-Is. PIs, co-Is, and other collaboration participants may be from a non-U.S. institution.
Letters of Intent are due October 1. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by February 16, 2021.
Funding to U.S. national labs or salary support of scientists employed at these labs is not allowed. For-profit institutions are also not eligible to receive grant funds.
See the Simons Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.