Simons Foundation Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Research Scientist Faculty College / University

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Degree requirements: Applicants must have a completed PhD

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


The program is intended to support high-risk theoretical mathematics, physics and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis.


The Targeted Grant in MPS program provides funding for up to five years. The funding level and duration is flexible and should be appropriate based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended or assumed funding level for this program.

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.
  • PIs and co-Investigators must have a Ph.D. and a tenure-track or tenured position at said institutions or centers.
  • There are no citizenship or department requirements for PIs.
  • Allowable expenses include:
    • Up to one month of summer salary and related benefits per year for the PI and any co-Investigator(s).
    • Domestic or international travel for the PI and co-Investigator(s).
    • Research equipment, experiments, computations and other expenses directly benefiting the research.
    • Salary support and related benefits, including tuition support, for staff/research scientists, postdoctoral fellows and research associates, graduate students or undergraduate research assistants.
    • Please see the foundation’s grant policies for further guidelines. Indirect costs are limited to 20 percent of applicable direct costs, as outlined in the policies. Please note that travel expenses are not capped at $4,000 per year per individual for this program.


  • The emphasis of the program is theory, but projects with some experimental components may be considered.


  • 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.