Simons Foundation Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Computer Science Solicitation

Program Summary 

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences division invites nominations for Simons Investigators in Mathematics, (Theoretical) Physics, (Theoretical) Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science. The Simons Investigators program aims to provide a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term investigations of fundamental questions in their fields. The intent of the program is to support these scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing new research directions, providing leadership in the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists. Funding may be used for the following categories (see solicitation for details): summer salary, salary support for postdocs and students, travel, visitors and collaborators, research equipment and supplies.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST September 4, 2018

Sponsor Application Deadline: 9:59pm MST October 31, 2018

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Nomination Letter (Up to 2 pages): Please explain the distinctive scientific contributions of the nominee, focusing on the scientific accomplishments of the past five years and including discussion of a few important papers.
  • Nominee’s CV

To access the online application, visit:


To be eligible to be nominated for an Investigator award, a scientist must be engaged in theoretical research in mathematics, physics, astrophysics or computer science and must not have previously been a Simons Investigator. He/she must have a primary appointment as a tenured faculty member at an educational institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom or Ireland, on a campus within these countries and the primary department affiliation must have a Ph.D. program (note that the appointment need not be in a mathematics, physics or computer science department). Generally, a ‘primary appointment’ is defined as one where the Investigator is a full-time employee of an academic institution with a teaching load that is comparable to that of other faculty members in the same department.

Investigators are not eligible to hold a Simons Fellowship or another Simons Investigator award for the duration of the Simons Investigator award. Investigators are expected to attend the MPS annual meeting, held at the Simons Foundation in October of each year, to discuss their activities. Costs associated with attending this meeting will be covered by the foundation.

A nominee cannot submit his/her own nomination.

Limited Submission Guidelines

The foundation asks each university to submit nominations confidentially, up to two nominees in each of the Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science programs.

We ask that nominations for the Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science programs be treated confidentially — the nominees should not know they are being nominated, if possible.

Award Information and Duration

Award Amount: Up to $132,000 per year ($100,000 per year in research support for the Investigator, $10,000 per year to the Investigator’s department, additional 20% per year in indirect costs to the Investigator’s institution).

Award Duration: Investigators are appointed for an initial period of five years. Renewal for an additional five years may be considered, contingent upon the evaluation of scientific impact of the Investigator prior to the end of year five. Appointments will begin on August 1, 2019.

Number of Awards: In 2019, the foundation expects to appoint up to four Investigators in Mathematics, up to five in Physics, up to two in Astrophysics, and up to three in Theoretical Computer Science.