The Research Office is requesting nominations for the Simons Foundation inviting nominations for Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS). These Investigators are outstanding scientists, often with mathematics or theoretical physics backgrounds, now engaged in research based on mathematical modeling in the life sciences.

Deadline to submit nominations to the Office for Research Development:  Monday, August 31, 2018-  by midnight PST.

  1. Application and additional information - click on this LINK
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RATIONALE and SCOPE: New approaches in mathematically based modeling are making increasingly important contributions to the life sciences. The MMLS program aims to support such approaches and foster a scientific culture of theory-experiment collaboration similar to that prevailing in the physical sciences. To encourage young researchers to pursue this endeavor, the MMLS program will provide a long-term, stable base of support, enabling a focus on model based approaches to important issues in the life sciences.

A broad spectrum of research areas within the life sciences will be considered, ranging from cellular-level issues of organization, regulation, signaling, and morphogenic dynamics to the properties of organisms and ecology, 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-related proposals fall outside the scope of the program. In all cases, preference will be given to work that relates closely to experiment, developing mathematical models that can explain data, suggest new classes of experiments, and introduce important new concepts.

BASIS for AWARDS: The intent of the program is to help launch the research careers of outstanding junior scientists. Nominees to the program will normally be in the first eight years of their first faculty appointment. Nominations will be evaluated on the basis of nominees’ potential for scientific accomplishment.

LEVEL and DURATION of FUNDING: A Simons Investigator in MMLS is appointed for a period of five years. Appointments will begin August 2019.

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 20 percent in indirect costs. The foundation expects to appoint four Simons Investigators in MMLS.


  • To be a Simons Investigator in MMLS, a scientist must be engaged in research related to the program, must not previously have 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 appointment, an Investigator should be in the early stages of an academic career (within eight years of the start of his/her first faculty position) and, typically, be holding an assistant professorship or equivalent position.

LIMIT ON NUMBER OF PROPOSALS PER ORGANIZATION: The foundation asks each university to submit a maximum of two nominations to the MMLS Investigator program.

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


  • Internal Letter of Intent due to ORD: August 31, 2018 - by midnight PST
  • Sponsor full nomination application due: October 31, 2018 at midnight EST

SUBMITTING AN INTERNAL PROPOSAL:  are required to contain the following components:

1) Title Page
Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS)
PI name, title, department, address, phone, email address

2) A research statement-limited to 2 pages, prepared by the nominee and outlining the nominee's research vision and plans. 
References are not included in the page limit, but cannot exceed one additional page. 

2) Nomination letter--from your department chair addressed to the Vice President for Research, Cynthia Sagers, explaining the nominee’s most significant research accomplishments and provide insight into the nominee’s research program and likely future scientific trajectory.

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, amount of funding)

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






Friday, August 31, 2018
Date Open: 
Friday, July 1, 2016
Simons Foundation
Agency Deadline: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Limit per Institution: