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The Simons Investigators in Mathematics, (Theoretical) Physics, (Theoretical) Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science program aims to provide a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term investigations of fundamental questions in their fields. The intent of the program is to support these scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing new research directions, providing leadership in the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists.

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To be eligible to be nominated for an Investigator award, a scientist must be engaged in theoretical research in mathematics, physics, astrophysics or computer science and must not have previously been a Simons Investigator. He/she must have a primary appointment as a faculty member at an educational institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland, on a campus within these countries and the primary department affiliation must have a Ph.D. program (note that the appointment need not be in a mathematics, physics or computer science department). At the time of the appointment start date, an Investigator must be tenured.

Level and Duration of Funding

Investigators are appointed for an initial period of five years. Renewal for an additional five years may be considered, contingent upon the evaluation of scientific impact of the Investigator. Renewal beyond the ten-year period will not be considered. Appointments will begin August 1, 2018. An Investigator award provides $100,000 per year in research support for the Investigator and $10,000 per year to the Investigator’s department. The award will be administered through the Investigator’s institution, which will receive an additional 20 percent per year in indirect costs.

Number of Awards

In 2018, the foundation expects to appoint up to three Investigators in mathematics, up to five in physics, up to two in astrophysics and up to two in theoretical computer science.

Nomination Procedure

The foundation asks each university to submit nominations confidentially, up to two nominees in each of Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science programs

Nominations for the Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science programs be treated confidentially; the nominees should not know they are being nominated, if possible.

UHM Internal Competition

For this internal competition, please submit the following in the order listed below in one PDF file using the filename: Last name_Simons_Investigator_MPATCS_ [Math/Physics/Astrophysics or TheoreticalComputerSci].pdf

  1. Nomination Letter (two-page limit) written and signed by the nominator (someone other than the nominee) on letterhead explaining the distinctive scientific contributions of the nominee, focusing on scientific accomplishments of the past five years and including discussion of a few important papers. The nominator does not have to be at the nominee’s institution.
  2. The nominee’s curriculum vitae, including Ph.D. year, institution, advisor, postdoctoral institutions and advisors, positions held subsequent to award of doctorate, a list of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows mentored by the nominee, and the nominee’s up-to-date publication list.

Submit the PDF file to by 4:30 PM, Monday, October 2, 2017. Submissions will be reviewed by an Internal Advisory Committee convened by Velma Kameoka, AVCR.

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