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, who are now engaged in mathematical-model-based research in the life sciences and to whom the Simons Foundation is dedicated to providing long-term support for their work.

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 established, and for this 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 foundation asks each university to submit up to one nomination to the MMLS Investigator program. 

To be an Investigator in MMLS, a scientist must be engaged in research related to the program, must have a primary appointment as a faculty member at a United States 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 five years of the start of his/her first faculty position) and, typically, be holding an assistant professorship or equivalent position.

Award Information

A Simons Investigator in MMLS is appointed for a period of five years. Appointments will begin August 1, 2015.  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 an additional 20 percent per year in indirect costs on the Investigator and departmental funds.

Please email Cheryl Ridgeway in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development for a pdf copy of the guidelines. 

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) written by someone other than the nominee 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 Monday, September 8, 2014. The selected nominator and nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Tuesday, October 28, 2014.


Proposal Due to OVPRED09/08/2014 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF10/21/2014
Date Due to Sponsor10/28/2014
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