Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences

The Simons Foundation has issued a call for proposals for their new program Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences.  The aim of the program is to “stimulate progress on fundamental scientific questions of major importance in the broad area of mathematics, theoretical physics, and theoretical computer science.”  An example is the Simons Collaboration on Algorithms and Geometry.

Grant sizes are up to $2.5m/year for 4 years (which can be extended to 7 years).  Letters of intent are due by October 31.

Simons Math+X Program

The Simons Foundation’s Math+X program is designed to encourage novel collaborations between mathematics and other fields in science or engineering by providing substantial operating funds to create new chairs at U.S. universities that join mathematics departments with chosen partner departments through matching grants for endowment.

Number of Awards: The foundation may award up to two Math+X grants per year.

Mathematics and X Departments: The X partner should be a department of science or engineering that will engage in significant collaboration with the mathematics department in an area where such collaboration is not the norm. Both departments must have doctoral programs.

X partners in finance and business will not be considered. Areas where there are already well-established links with mathematics, such as economics, string theory or computational complexity, will also not be considered unless the proposal involves particularly unusual collaborations.

Letter of Intent Deadline: September 30

Simons Awards for Graduate Students in TCS

The Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences invites applications for the  Simons Award for Graduate Students in Theoretical Computer Science program. These awards will be made to graduate students with an outstanding track record of research accomplishments.  To be eligible the applicant must be a graduate student who has completed two, three or four years at a U.S. or Canadian institution of higher education. A track record of outstanding results in theoretical computer science is the key criterion.  Deadline: February 7, 2013.

Another upcoming Simons deadline (January 31, 2013) is for the Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians program, which will make a large number of grants to accomplished, active researchers who do not otherwise have access to substantial research funding that supports travel and visitors.

 

Simons Investigator Nominations

This year, the Simons Foundation started the Simons Investigator program, which provides a stable base of support for a selected group of outstanding scientists in theoretical computer science, mathematics, and theoretical physics, enabling them to undertake long-term study of fundamental questions.

For the 2013 Simons Investigators, the Simons Foundation has asked 90 university presidents to provide a nomination up to two nominations in each of the three areas by December 14.  Given the short timeline, it may be good to check that your department chair and administration are aware of and pursuing this opportunity.

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