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Simons Investigators

Simons Investigator programs

Simons Investigator awards support outstanding theoretical scientists to undertake long-term study of fundamental questions.

Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science

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.

  • Limited submission opportunity announced by the Office of Research
  • Disciplines: theoretical research in mathematics, physics, astrophysics or computer science
  • Eligibility: primary appointment as a tenured faculty member, not previously a Simons Investigator
  • $500,000 over 5 years to use at Investigator’s discretion for research, with potential to renew for 5 years; $10,000/year to Investigator’s department and 20% to University in indirect costs

Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems

To support mathematically based modeling approaches to life sciences and foster a scientific culture of theory-experiment collaborations, similar to that prevailing in the physical sciences.

  • Limited submission opportunity announced by the Office of Research
  • Research areas range from cellular-level issues of organization, regulation, signaling and morphogenic dynamics to the properties of organisms and ecology, as well as neuroscience and evolution
  • Preference for areas in which modeling approaches are less established, so excludes bioinformatics- and genomics-related proposals
  • Preference for work that relates closely to experiment, developing mathematical models that can explain data, suggest new classes of experiments and introduce important, new concepts
  • Eligibility: primary appointment as a faculty member in early academic career stage and within ten years of starting first faculty position; not previously a Simons Investigator. For investigators in first 8 years of faculty appointment with preference for areas where modeling is less established
  • $500,000 over 5 years to use at Investigator’s discretion for research, with potential to renew for 5 years; $10,000/year to Investigator’s department and 20% to University in indirect costs
  • Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems website

UW Simons Foundation MMLS awards

2018 – Daniela Witten, Statistics