Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards

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Grant amount: US $222,000

Next anticipated deadline: Oct 30, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Nov 5, 2020 2:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry), Feb 21, 2021 2:00pm PST (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Faculty Research Scientist

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Canada, United States

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 8 years of receiving their PhD

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NOTE: Submission deadline for Letters of Recommendation is October 30 [prior to the Letter of Intent deadline]. Submission deadline for Letter of Intent is November 5. 


Microbes inhabit and sustain all habitats on Earth. In the oceans, microbes capture solar energy, catalyze biogeochemical transformations of important elements, produce and consume greenhouse gases, and provide the base of the food web.

The purpose of these awards is to help launch the careers of outstanding investigators in the field of marine microbial ecology and evolution who will advance our understanding through experiments, modeling or theory. Projects focusing on the microbiomes of animals or plants or on paleontological records will not be considered this year. Investigators with backgrounds in different fields are encouraged to apply.

About the Awards

Grants will be for $222,000 USD per year (updated from $180,000), including indirect costs (limited to 20 percent of modified total direct costs), for a period of three years, subject to annual reviews and continuation of research in areas relevant to the purpose of this program. Appropriate expenses include salary support for the investigator and postdoctoral and graduate research assistants, travel, equipment, supplies and other research expenses. Awards will begin April 1, 2020. Awards will be governed by the Simons Foundation policies, which can be found at

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  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree.
  • She/he must have carried out research in a tenure-track or, for institutions that do not have a tenure track, an equivalent independent position for at least one year and no more than eight years (start date of first independent position must be between November 2011 and November 2019) and must currently hold a tenure-track, tenured, or for institutions with no tenure track, an equivalent independent position in a U.S. or Canadian institution (in a campus within these countries).
  • She/he must be the principal investigator (PI) or co-PI currently or within the past year on a research grant from a national governmental agency or major foundation.