Simons Foundation: Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians

Simons Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $42,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 31, 2019 8:59pm PST

Applicant type: Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences division invites applications for Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians to stimulate collaboration in the field primarily through the funding of travel and related expenditures.


The goal of the program is to support the ‘mathematical marketplace’ by substantially increasing collaborative contacts between mathematicians. The foundation will make a large number of collaboration grants to accomplished, active researchers in the United States who do not otherwise have access to funding that supports travel and visitors.

Basis for Awards

 Awards will be based on the quality of the applicant’s previous research, as outlined in the “Statement of Recent Work” application requirement below, and on the likely impact that the collaboration grant will have on future research, both for the applicant and the applicant’s graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows.

Level and Duration of Funding

Each collaboration grant provides $8,400 per year for five years: $6,000 per year for collaboration, travel, and research expenses for the awardee; $1,000 per year in discretionary funds for the awardee’s department; and $1,400 per year in indirect costs to the awardee’s institution. The five-year grant will commence September 1, 2017, and end August 31, 2022.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To be eligible to apply, an individual must:
    • Have a Ph.D. and a tenure-track or tenured position, or be a professor emeritus, at a U.S. institution of higher education.
    • Have a current record of active research and publication in high-quality journals.
    • Not hold any other external grants of over $3,000 per year that allow for support for travel or visitors during the collaboration grant award period.
  • There are no citizenship requirements.
  • All areas of mathematics are eligible for a Collaboration Grant.
    • We do allow applicants from biostatistics as long as the applicant is considered a mathematician.
  • Allowable Expenses:
    • An amount of $6,000 per year to the awardee.
      • Eligible expenses in this category are:
        • Scientific travel by the awardee, the awardee’s graduate students, and other members of the awardee’s department (at the sole discretion of the awardee) per the institution’s travel policies. International travel is permitted.
        • The expense of scientific visits to the awardee’s home institution by the awardee’s collaborators and other scientific visitors of interest to the awardee per the institution’s travel policies. International travel is permitted.
        • Up to $1,500 per year in other research expenses, such as computers, computer support, publication expenses, stationery, supplies, and books.
    • An amount of $1,000 per year to the awardee’s department to enhance the research atmosphere of the department.
      • Eligible expenses in this category include support for departmental colloquia and seminars, as well as refreshments and other research related amenities.
      • Support for student orientations, prospective student visits, and other departmental activities are allowed.
      • Funds may also be used to subsidize meals for faculty, students, and visitors.
      • In addition, these funds may be used to help pay for furniture and research infrastructure, such as copiers, computer servers, and computer support
    • An amount of $1,400 per year in indirect costs to the institution for the administration of the award.


  • Individuals at for-profit organizations may not apply.
  • Grants may not be used for salary or teaching buyouts, whether for the awardee or others.