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Simons Investigators in Mathematics, (Theoretical) Physics, (Theoretical) Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science -- Internal competition deadline
Friday, August 02, 2019, 08:00am - 05:00pm
Contact Bob McGarrett, VPR: bob.mcgarrett@austin.utexas.edu


Internal Submission Deadline: 5:00 pm CST, Friday, August 2, 2019

Funding Organization Deadline: 5:00 pm CST, Thursday, October 31, 2019

Discipline/Subject Area: Mathematics, Theoretical Physics, Theoretical Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science

Funding Available: $660,000.00

Documents Required for UT Internal Submission (to be submitted in this order as a single .pdf document)

  • Nomination letter (two-page limit): Written and signed by the nominator (e.g., a relevant university official, whether internal or external to the nominee’s institution, such as a department chair or dean), 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. Cosigned letters are acceptable within the page limit. This must clearly state the submission category.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae (no page limit), including, but not limited to, 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.
  • Nomination should be submitted through InfoReady Review under the name of the nominator, with the proposal title "Simons Investigator in MPAC Nomination for [Name of Nominee]"

Overview of Opportunity

The Simons Investigators in Mathematics, (Theoretical) Physics, 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 the fundamental theoretical questions in their fields. The intent of the program is to support these scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing creative new research directions, providing leadership in the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists.


  • 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.
  • No self-nominations allowed.
  • UT may submit up to two nominees in each of Mathematics, (Theoretical) Physics, (Theoretical) Astrophysics, and Theoretical Computer Science programs and one additional nominee in Theoretical Physics in Life Sciences.
  • 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. In 2017, the foundation expects to appoint up to four Investigators in mathematics, up to five in physics, up to two in astrophysics and up to three in theoretical computer science.
  • 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, 2020.
  • To be an Investigator, 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 or the United Kingdom, 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). See the Request for Nominations for complete eligibility requirements.
  • At the time of the appointment start date, an Investigator must be tenured.
  • Investigators are not eligible to hold a Simons Fellowship or another Simons Investigator award for the duration of the Simons Investigator award.
  • Please read carefully the attached Request for Nominations and Nomination Instructions before submitting a nomination.


Important Dates: 

Documents due to CompetitionSpace: 5pm CST, Friday, August 2, 2019

Full Proposal Deadline: 5pm CST, Thursday, October 31, 2019