The program is intended to support high-risk theoretical mathematics, physics and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis
Targeted Grants in MPS Policies and Procedures Rolling No LOI Deadline Share This RFA How To Apply FAQ Awardees Rationale Funding and Allowable Expenses Unspent Funds Reporting Eligibility How to Apply Full Proposal Apply Now Contact Info Program or Administrative Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org Elizabeth Roy Senior Program Manager 212-524-6966 email@example.com Technical Questions: proposalCENTRAL firstname.lastname@example.org 800-875-2562 The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for its Targeted Grants in MPS program. Rationale The program is intended to support high-risk theoretical mathematics, physics and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. Funding and Allowable Expenses The Targeted Grant in MPS program provides funding for up to five years. The funding level and duration is flexible and should be appropriate based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended or assumed funding level for this program. Allowable expenses include: Up to one month of summer salary and related benefits per year for the PI and any co-Investigator(s). Domestic or international travel for the PI and co-Investigator(s). Research equipment, experiments, computations and other expenses directly benefiting the research. Salary support and related benefits, including tuition support, for staff/research scientists, postdoctoral fellows and research associates, graduate students or undergraduate research assistants. Please see the foundation’s grant policies for further guidelines. Indirect costs are limited to 20 percent of applicable direct costs, as outlined in the policies. Please note that travel expenses are not capped at $4,000 per year per individual for this program. Unspent Funds With the exception of summer salary and fringe benefits for the PI or co-Investigator(s), unspent funds are automatically carried over from year to year during the grant period. Unspent funds at the end of the grant must be returned to the foundation. Requests for no-cost extensions may be considered. Reporting Annual financial statements and progress reports are due within 60 days following the end of each grant year. Eligibility Applications may be submitted by established U.S. and foreign public and private educational institutions and stand-alone research centers. PIs and co-Investigators must have a Ph.D. and a tenure-track or tenured position at said institutions or centers. There are no citizenship or department requirements for PIs. How to Apply Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) through proposalCENTRAL ( https://proposalcentral.altum.com/default.asp ). The deadline is rolling and an LOI can be submitted at any time. Please refer to the How to Apply tab for instructions. Applicants will be notified of a decision within two months of the LOI submission. Please note that the volume of interest in this program is such that the foundation is not able to provide advance guidance on potential proposals. We use the LOI stage to assess suitability and novelty. The foundation recommends submitting an LOI if an applicant believes his/her research meets the criteria outlined in the RFA. Full Proposal A review of the LOI may lead to a request for a full proposal. Full proposals must be submitted via proposalCENTRAL by the main PI and his/her institution. The full proposal deadline will be noted in the LOI notification and will be no sooner than three months from the date of the LOI approval. Applicants will be notified of a decision within three months of the full proposal submission. Read More
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