University of Southern California


Simons Foundation – Math+X Investigators Program 2018

Title:                                                      Simons Foundation Mathematics & Physical Sciences – Math+X Investigators

Slots:                                                     One                      

LOI:                                                        NA                         

Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested.

External Deadline:                          October 31, 2017, 11:59pm EST

Award Information:                        Estimated Number of Awards: 2

A Math+X Investigator is appointed for a period of five years and will receive support in the amount of $300,000 per year, which includes up to 20 percent in indirect costs to the Investigator’s institution. Renewal for an additional five years is contingent upon the evaluation of the scientific impact of the Investigator. Renewal beyond the ten-year period will not be considered. Appointments will begin July 1, 2018.

Cost Sharing:                                     The funding provided to a Math+X Investigator may be used at the Investigator’s discretion to support activities that develop connections between mathematics and the X partner department discipline in the following categories:

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission under Grant

through the Office of Research Application Portal:


Materials to submit:

Link to Award:


Who May Serve as PI:

To be eligible to be nominated for a Math+X Investigator award, a scientist must be a current tenured faculty member with a primary appointment in the mathematics department at an institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland, on a campus within these countries, and currently employed at the institution submitting the nomination. A person with a primary appointment in the statistics department is not eligible. The Investigator will be expected to teach both in the mathematics and the X partner departments and be appointed in both departments by the award’s start date (courtesy appointments will be allowed). There are no citizenship requirements.


The foundation reserves the right to determine eligibility, but, typically, a ‘primary appointment’ is defined as one where the Investigator is a full-time employee of an academic institution with a teaching load that is comparable to that of other faculty members in the same department. Investigators may transfer their awards to new educational institutions within the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland, subject to approval from the foundation and the old and new institutions. The award will be interrupted or terminated, at the foundation’s discretion, if an Investigator (i) takes up a primary long-term position at a research institute, national laboratory or other institution outside the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland or another campus of their current institution, which falls outside the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland; (ii) at a for-profit organization; or (iii) accepts a major administrative responsibility that significantly reduces the time available for research.


Investigators are not eligible to hold a Simons Fellowship or another Simons Investigator award for the duration of the Math+X Investigator award.


Investigators are expected to attend annual meetings, held at the Simons Foundation each fall, to discuss their activities. Costs associated with attending these meetings will be covered by the foundation.


Mathematics and X Partner Departments: The X partner should be a department or institute of science or engineering at the Investigator’s university that will engage in significant collaboration with the mathematics department in an area where such collaboration is not the norm. Both departments must have doctoral programs. The foundation will accept proposals for Applied Math+X but not Statistics+X.


X partners in finance and business will not be considered. Proposals involving connections to areas where there are already well-established links with mathematics, such as economics, string theory or computational complexity, will also not be considered unless the proposal involves particularly unique collaborations.


This program is designed to encourage novel collaborations between mathematics and other fields in science or engineering by providing funds to professors at universities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland to establish programs at the interface between mathematics and other fields of science or engineering.

Please visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.