2019 Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards


Simons Foundation 


2019 Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards​


The Simons Foundation is now accepting applications for its Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards. 

Microbes inhabit and sustain all habitats on Earth. In the oceans, microbes capture solar energy, catalyze biogeochemical transformations of important elements, produce and consume greenhouse gases, and provide the base of the food web.

The purpose of these awards is to help launch the careers of outstanding investigators in the field of marine microbial ecology and evolution who will advance understanding through experiments, modeling or theory. Projects focusing on the microbiomes of invertebrates or vertebrates or on paleontological records will not be considered this year. Investigators with backgrounds in different fields are encouraged to apply.


Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. She/he must have carried out research in a tenure-track or equivalent independent position for at least one year and no more than eight years (start date of first independent position between November 2010 and November 2017) and must currently hold a tenure-track, tenured, or equivalent independent position in a U.S. or Canadian institution (in a campus within these countries). She/he must be the principal investigator (PI) or co-PI currently or within the past year on a research grant from a national governmental agency or major foundation.

Maximum Project Value

Grants will be for $180,000 USD per year.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Grants will be for a period of three years, subject to annual reviews and continuation of research in areas relevant to the purpose of the program. 


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Prospective applicants must submit a letter of intent (LOI).  The LOI must be completed electronically and submitted using the forms provided on the Proposal Central website. Log in as an applicant, go to the grant opportunities tab, scroll to Simons Foundation and click apply now for the “Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards” program. For assistance, please call 800-875-2562 or email pcsupport@altum.com

If asked to submit a full application, applicants will be required to submit to the Simons Foundation a budget and brief budget justification, renewable reagents and data-sharing plan, and signature page with University of Guelph approval by February 22, 2019.  The full proposal will be due to the Office of Research Services, attention Kristin Gibson, two weeks prior to the deadline set by the Simons Foundation.  Applicants will need to submit a copy of the full application as well as an OR5 form to reserv@uoguelph.ca.

For Questions, please contact

Office of Research

Kristin Zimmermann, Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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