(OPEN) Limited Submission: Simons Investigators in Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS)

Please note that the internal deadline for this opportunity has passed. However, one submission slot is still available. This may be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. To inquire, please contact Lauren Sisko at limsub@uga.edu.

Update 7/26/2017: Please read the full Request for Nominations and Nomination Instructions before submitting your internal application for this program.

Basis for Awards

The intent of the Investigator in MMLS program is to help launch the research careers of outstanding junior scientists. Nominations will be evaluated on the basis of nominees’ potential for scientific accomplishment.

Level and Duration of Funding

A Simons Investigator in MMLS is appointed for a period of five years. An Investigator in MMLS will receive research support of $100,000 per year. An additional $10,000 per year will be provided to the Investigator’s department. The award is administered through the institution at which the Investigator is appointed, and this institution will receive 20 percent in indirect costs.

Allowable Expenses

The funding provided to the Investigator in MMLS may be used at the Investigator’s discretion to support research expenses, including salary support for postdoctoral, graduate or undergraduate research assistants, domestic or international travel, short or long-term visitors, and research equipment.

Funding provided for the Investigator’s department would be used at the discretion of the department Chair to provide support for seminars, visitors, refreshments, and related expenditures that benefit the research activities of the department.


To be a Simons Investigator in MMLS, a scientist must be engaged in research related to the program, must not previously have been a Simons Investigator, and must have a primary appointment in a department with a Ph.D. program at an institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland, on a campus within these countries. At the time of appointment, an Investigator should be in the early stages of an academic career and must be within eight years of the start of his/her first faculty position.

Limitation Details

The foundation asks each university to submit a maximum of two nominations to the MMLS Investigator program. If you are interested in nominating someone for this program, you must submit an internal application to limsub@uga.edu according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:

  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity
    • Nominator name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Nominee name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
  • A (maximum two-page) Nomination Letter written and signed by the nominator (a relevant university official, for example, a department chair or dean) on letterhead, explaining the distinctive scientific contributions of the nominee and including discussion of a few important papers.
  • A research statement 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.)
  • One paragraph describing why this nominee should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why he/she will be the most competitive for this program)
  • 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

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to limsub@uga.edu by the internal deadline listed above.


Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to Lauren Sisko at limsub@uga.edu.

For questions directly related to this program, please contact the Simons Foundation at mps@simonsfoundation.org or the following program officer:

Elizabeth Roy
Senior Program Manager
Mathematics and the Physical Sciences

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