Simons Foundation

Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems

Program Summary

The Simons Foundation invites nominations for Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS). These Investigators are outstanding scientists, often with mathematics or theoretical physics backgrounds but now engaged in mathematical model-based research in the life sciences who receive long-term support from the Simons Foundation.
A broad spectrum of research areas within the life sciences will be considered, ranging from cellular-level issues of organization, regulation, signaling and dynamics through morphogenesis to the properties of large organisms, as well as neuroscience and evolution, however preference will be given to areas in which modeling approaches are less well established, and for that reason bioinformatics and genomics will fall outside the scope of the program. In all cases preference will be given to work that relates closely to experiment, developing models that can explain data, suggest new classes of experiments and introduce important new concepts. 


The University of Iowa is invited to submit one nomination to the MMLS Investigator program. 
A scientist must be engaged in research related to the program, must have a primary appointment as a faculty member at a U.S. or Canadian educational institution with a Ph.D. program and not previously have been a Simons Investigator. At the time of appointment an Investigator should be in the early stages of an academic career (within 5 years of the start of the first faculty position) and will typically hold an assistant professor or equivalent position.
The foundation reserves the right to determine eligibility but, typically, a ‘primary appointment’ is defined as one where an Investigator is a full time employee of an academic institution and with a teaching load that is comparable to that of other faculty members in the same department. 

Award Information

A Simons Investigator is appointed for an initial period of five years.  Appointments will begin August 1, 2014.

An Investigator will receive research support in an amount initially set at $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.

In 2014, the foundation anticipates appointing up to four Investigators to the MMLS program.

Internal Selection Procedure 

The UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions.  Nominators must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information : 
  1. Nomination letter (no more than 2 pages in length) explaining the distinctive scientific contributions of the nominee with discussion of a few select papers.
  2. Nominee's CV (no more than 3 pages) with current publication list.
The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. The selected nominator and nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Monday, October 28, 2013.
Note: Please email for a pdf of the guidelines.


Proposal Due to OVPRED09/17/2013 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF10/21/2013
Date Due to Sponsor10/28/2013
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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