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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, and Theoretical Computer Science 2016

To:Chairs and Administrators; Departments in the Physical Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; School/College Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:July 09, 2015
Subject:Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, and Theoretical Computer Science 2015


Deadline for Internal Review:August 17, 2015

Project Description

The Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, and Theoretical Computer Science programs aims to provide a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term investigations of the fundamental questions in their fields. The intent of the program is to support these scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing creative new research directions, providing leadership to the field, and effectively mentoring junior scientists.
To be an Investigator, a scientist must be engaged in theoretical research in mathematics, physics, or computer science, must not have previously been a Simons Investigator, and must have a primary appointment as a faculty member with a Ph.D. program (note that the appointment need not be in a mathematics, physics, or computer science department). At the time of the appointment start date, an Investigator should be tenured.

Amount per Award: $100,000 per year in research support
Duration of Award: 5 Years
Number of Awards: In 2016, the foundation expects to appoint up to three Investigators in mathematics, up to seven in physics, and up to three in theoretical computer science.



UW may submit 2 nominees in each of the 3 fields


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

• Nomination Letter (two-page limit) written and signed by the nominator (someone other than the nominee) 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.

• Curriculum vitae, including Ph.D. year, institution, advisor, postdoctoral institutions and advisors, positions held subsequent to award of doctorate, and the nominee’s up-to-date publication list.

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to the sponsor by October 28, 2015.