OSP FO# 12-044

AGENCY: The Simons Foundation

PROGRAM: Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, and Theoretical Computer Science

OBJECTIVES: The Simons Investigators program aims to provide a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term investigations of the fundamental questions.  Simons Investigators are outstanding theoretical scientists who receive long-term research support (up to ten years) from the Simons Foundation.

Please see the attached program announcement for further details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: The University may submit up to two nominees for each of the three fields (Mathematics, Physics and Theoretical Computer Science) for a total of six nominees. To be an Investigator, a scientist must be engaged in theoretical research in Mathematics, Physics or Computer Science and must have a primary appointment as a faculty member at a U.S. or Canadian institution with a Ph.D. program and not have previously been a Simons Investigator.

BU Internal Deadline: November 26, 2012
Foundation Deadline: December 14, 2012

FUNDING INFORMATION: An Investigator will receive research support in an amount initially set at $100,000 per year for five years, with renewal contingent upon review. An additional $10,000 per year will be provided to the Investigator’s department. The award is administered through the institution at which the Investigator is appointed, and this institution will receive 20% in indirect costs.

Please see the attached program announcement for further details.

Elizabeth Roy
Program Manager
Simons Foundation
160 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Telephone: 646-654-0066
E-mail: eroy@simonsfoundation.org
Web: http://simonsfoundation.org/program-areas/mathematics-and-physical-science/simons-investigators/
Program Description is attached to FO email.

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: Each institution is permitted to nominate two applicants for each field (six total applicants). Faculty wishing to be considered for nomination should forward the following to their Dean by 4 pm, Monday, November 26:

1)  Nomination letter from your department chair: up to two pages in length, 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.
2)  The nominee’s curriculum vitae, including Ph.D. year, institution, advisor, postdoctoral institutions and advisors, and positions held subsequent to award of doctorate.
3)  An up-to-date publication list.
4)  A list of postdoctoral fellows and Ph.D. students supervised or under supervision.
5)  A statement of current and pending research support.

Nomination material will be collected and forwarded to the Office of the Vice President for Research for final selection.

REMARKS: Complete program guidelines and application material may be obtained from the website listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP website at http://www.bu.edu/osp.