The Mathematics and Physical Sciences division at the is inviting Letters of Intent for the Simons Collaborations in MPS program, the aim of which is to stimulate progress on fundamental scientific questions of major importance in mathematics, theoretical physics, and theoretical computer science.
To that end, grants of up to $2 million per year for up to four years will be awarded in support of collaborative projects that address a mathematical or theoretical topic of fundamental scientific importance and where a significant new development has the potential to create a novel area for exploration or provides a new direction for progress in an established field. The questions addressed by the collaboration may be concrete or conceptual, but there should be little doubt that answering them would constitute a major scientific milestone. The project also should have clearly defined initial activities and goals by which its progress and success can be measured.
The project should involve outstanding researchers at a variety of career stages. Excellence of the scientific leadership is one of the main criteria in the selection process. In addition, each project should be organized and managed in a manner engendering a high level of collaboration.
Each collaboration must be led by a collaboration director, who is expected to determine the scientific agenda, coordinate the 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. Other collaboration participants may be from non-U.S. institutions.
Letters of Intent must be received no later than October 3. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by February 15, 2019.
See the Simons Foundation website for a complete description of the RFP, policies and procedures, eligibility criteria, and application instructions.