(OPEN) Limited Submission: Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science

Please note that the internal deadline for this opportunity has passed. However, submission slots are still available. These 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.

Note: The Simons Foundation asks that nominations for this program be treated confidentially — the nominees should NOT know they are being nominated, if possible.

Basis for Awards

The intent of the Investigator in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science programs is to support outstanding scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing creative new research directions, providing leadership to the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists.

Level and Duration of Funding

A Simons Investigator in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics or Theoretical Computer Science is appointed for an initial period of five years. Renewal for an additional five years is contingent upon the evaluation of scientific impact of the Investigator.

An Investigator 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 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 an Investigator in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics or Theoretical Computer Science, a scientist must be engaged in theoretical research in mathematics, physics, astrophysics or computer science, 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.

Limitation Details

The Foundation asks each university to submit nominations confidentially, up to two nominees for each of the four applicable fields (Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics, and Theoretical Computer Science). 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, position, home department, email, and contact information
    • Nominee name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • The field for which the candidate is being nominated (Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics, or Theoretical Computer Science)
  • A (maximum two-page) Nomination Letter written and signed by the nominator (someone other than the nominee) on letterhead explaining the distinctive scientific contributions of the nominee, focusing on scientific accomplishments of the past five years and including discussion of a few important papers. The nominator does not have to be at the nominee’s institution.
  • 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 Ph.D. year, institution, advisor, postdoctoral institutions and advisors, positions held subsequent to award of doctorate, a list of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows mentored by the nominee, 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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