Simons Foundation Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Simons Foundation

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Faculty Working Professional College / University

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for its new Targeted Grants in MPS program.

The program is intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. The emphasis of the program is on theory, but projects with some experimental components may be considered.

A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended funding limit.

Indirect costs are limited to 20 percent of direct costs, with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition, and any subcontracts with budgets, including indirect expenses. Indirect costs paid to a subcontractor may not exceed 20 percent of the direct costs paid to the subcontractor.

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


  • Applications may be submitted by established U.S. and foreign public and private educational institutions and stand-alone research centers on behalf of individual applicants.
  • There is no limit per institution or individual.
  • There are no citizenship or department requirements for PIs.
  •  Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable.


  • We do not accept applications from adjunct faculty members.
  • We are not considering proposals in chemistry at this time.
  • While there are no fixed guidelines, projects at the single- or few-PI scale that might be funded by federal agencies would not normally be considered under the Targeted Grants in MPS program.

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