The Research Office is requesting nominations for the Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science. Simons Investigators are outstanding theoretical scientists who receive long-term research support from the Simons Foundation.

KEY DATES

  • Internal ORD nomination deadline due: August 31, 2017 (by midnight) PST - to research.development@oregonstate.edu
  • Sponsor nomination deadline: October 31, 2017 - at 11:59.59 pm EST.

Rationale: The Simons Investigators in Mathematics, (Theoretical) Physics, (Theoretical) Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science program aims to provide a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term investigations of fundamental questions in their fields. The intent of the program is to support these scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing new research directions, providing leadership in the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists.
Level and Duration of Funding: Investigators are appointed for an initial period of

For information on the typical profile of successful applicants, visit: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/mathematics-and-physical-science/simonsinvestigators/simons-investigators-awardees/

Level and Duration of Funding:

  • A Simons Investigator is appointed for an initial period of five years. Renewal for an additional five years is contingent upon the evaluation of scientific impact of the Investigator. Renewal beyond the 10-year period will not be considered. Appointments will begin August 1, 2018.
  • 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 Investigator’s institution, and this institution will receive 20 percent in indirect cost.

NUMBER OF AWARDS:

  • In 2018, the foundation expects to appoint up to three Investigators in mathematics, up to five in physics, up to two in astrophysics and up to two in theoretical computer science.

ELIGIBILITY

  • To be an Investigator, a scientist must be engaged in theoretical research in mathematics, physics, astrophysics or computer science, must not have previously been a Simons Investigator, and must have a primary appointment as a faculty member. The foundation reserves the right to determine eligibility, but, generally, a ‘primary appointment’ is defined as one where the Investigator is a full-time employee of an academic institution with a teaching load that is comparable to that of other faculty members in the same department.
  • At the time of the appointment start date, an Investigator must be tenured.
  • Investigators are not eligible to hold a Simons Fellowship or another Simons Investigator award for the duration of the Simons Investigator award.
  • Investigators are expected to attend annual meetings, held at the Simons Foundation each fall, to discuss their activities. Costs associated with attending this meeting will be covered by the foundation.

LIMIT ON NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS PER ORGANIZATION

The foundation asks each university to submit, confidentially:

  • Two (2) nominations per university in each of:  Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science programs, and the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems programs.
  • One (1) nomination per university in the Math+X program.
  • We ask that nominations for the Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science programs be treated confidentially — the nominees should not know they are being nominated, if possible.
  • Confidentiality is not required for nominations to the MMLS or Math X programs.

INTERNAL SELECTION PROCESS:  If more than 2 nominations are received, then applications will be reviewed by committee of faculty with recommendations to the VPR

KEY DATES

  • Internal ORD nomination deadline due: August 31, 2017 (by midnight) PST - to research.development@oregonstate.edu
  • Sponsor nomination deadline: October 31, 2017 - at 11:59.59 pm EST.

INTERNAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

File name: Last name_Simons_Investigator_.pdf

1) Title Page
Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science
Topic area (enter 1): Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics or Theoretical Computer Science
PI name, title, department, address, phone, email address

2) Two page*-Nomination letter from your department chair printed on your department letterhead addressed to the Vice President for Research, Cynthia Sagers, "explaining the distinctive scientific contributions of the nominee, focusing on scientific accomplishments of the past five years and including discussion of a few important papers."
*Note: this is the page limit established by the sponsor and will be a critical part of the nomination packet sent to the sponsor. The foundation's selection will be based entirely on each nominee's two page letter and CV.

3) The nominee’s curriculum vitae, "including Ph.D. year, institution, advisor, postdoctoral institutions and advisors, and positions held subsequent to award of doctorate. The nominee’s up-to-date publication list."

4) The nominee’s current and pending research support (include sponsor name, term, and amount of funding)

Submit electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to: Office of Research Development at:

Research.Develoment@oregonstate.edu

 

Expiration: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Date Open: 
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Source: 
external
Sponsor: 
Simons Foundation