The Mathematics and Physical Sciences division at the Simons Foundation invites Letters of Intent for the Simons Collaborations in MPS program. The aim of the program is to stimulate progress on fundamental scientific questions of major importance in mathematics, theoretical physics, and theoretical computer science.
Grants of up to $2 million a year for up to four years will be awarded to collaborative projects that address a mathematical or theoretical topic of fundamental scientific importance and where a significant new development creates a novel area for exploration or provides a new direction for progress in an established field. The question addressed by the collaboration may be concrete or conceptual, but there should be little doubt that answering it would constitute a major scientific milestone.
The project should have clearly defined initial activities and goals by which its progress and success can be measured, and should involve outstanding researchers with a range of career stages. Excellence of researchers involved in the project is one of the main criteria in the selection process.
Each collaboration must be led by a collaboration director who will be expected to determine the scientific agenda, coordinate the scientific activities of the other members, determine (in collaboration with the other members) the scientific themes, and organize collaboration meetings and activities as appropriate, including a one-day annual conference at the foundation.
The collaboration director should hold a faculty, or equivalent, position at a U.S. or Canadian institution with a PhD program. PIs must also hold a faculty (or equivalent) position at an educational institution with a PhD program. There are no restrictions on the department and/or discipline of the director or PIs, and other collaboration participants may be from non-U.S. institutions.
Letters of Intent must be received no later than October 3, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by February 28, 2018.