Simons Foundation

Simons Investigators: Math + X Investigators

Program Summary

The Simons Foundation invites nominations for the Math+X Investigators program.  This program is designed to encourage novel collaborations between mathematics and other fields in science or engineering by providing research funds to professors at United States and Canadian universities to establish programs at the interface between mathematics and another field of science or engineering. 
One nomination per university is allowed.
The Math+X Investigator must be a current tenured faculty member at a U.S. or Canadian institution, with a primary appointment in the mathematics department. The Investigator will be expected to teach in both the mathematics and the X departments, be appointed in both departments by the award start date (courtesy appointments will be allowed), and attend an annual meeting at the Simons Foundation, to be arranged by the foundation. There are no citizenship requirements.
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.

Award Information

A Math+X Investigator is appointed for a period of five years and will receive research support in an amount of $300,000 per year, which includes 20 percent in indirect costs to the awardee’s institution. Renewal for an additional five years is contingent upon the evaluation of scientific impact of the Investigator. Renewal beyond the ten-year period will not be considered. Appointments will begin July 1, 2015.

To comply with the limitation of no more than one application per university, interested applicants should contact Dan Anderson, Mathematics Department Chair, by September 8, 2014.  
NOTE: please contact Cheryl Ridgeway (319-384-3332) in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development for a pdf copy of the guidelines.


Date Due to DSP or UIF10/21/2014
Date Due to Sponsor10/28/2014
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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