Simons Foundation Advancing Research in Basic Science and Mathematics
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- Program guidelines
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The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for the Simons Fellows in Mathematics program to make sabbatical research leaves more productive by extending them from a single term to a full academic year. For awards made in 2022, the foundation encourages applications from those severely impacted by COVID-19 and for whom travel during the sabbatical period will be difficult. The foundation aims to support these sabbatical eligible mathematicians, even if remaining at their home institution is the only option.
The foundation also strongly encourages applications from scientists from underrepresented groups.
Awards will be based on the applicant’s scientific accomplishments in the five-year period preceding the application and on the potential scientific impact of the work to be done during the leave period.
Eligibility is restricted to sabbatical or equivalent leave-eligible faculty who wish to use the Simons Fellowship award for the purpose of extending at least a single-term sabbatical research leave to a full academic year. The fellowship program will not support the extension of a full year of sabbatical research leave to an additional term.
A Simons Fellow in Mathematics must have a teaching or administrative tenured position at the same U.S. or Canadian college or university within the mathematics department at the time of application, throughout the course of the sabbatical research leave and in the term following the leave. This must be the applicant’s primary position. Applied mathematics and statistics disciplines are eligible as long as the applicant resides within the mathematics department. Those doing primarily mathematical education research are not eligible. In addition, a Fellow must have an active, current research program. Fellows cannot simultaneously hold a Simons Investigator award.
A Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics must have a teaching or administrative tenured position at the same U.S. or Canadian college or university within the within the physics or related department, at the time of application, throughout the course of the sabbatical and in the term following the leave. This must be the applicant’s primary position. In addition, a Fellow must have an active current research program. Fellows cannot simultaneously hold a Simons Investigator award.
Maximum Project Value
A Simons Fellowship in Mathematics provides salary replacement for up to 50 percent (up to a maximum of $100,000) of the Fellow’s current academic-year salary, whether normally paid over 9 or 12 months, and up to $10,000 for expenses related to the leave.
A Simons Fellowship in Theoretical Physics provides salary replacement for up to 50 per cent (up to a maximum of $100,000) of the Fellow’s current academic-year salary, whether normally paid over 9 or 12 months, and up to $10,000 for expenses related to the leave.
The above awards will be administered through the Fellow’s home institution, which will receive an additional 20 percent overhead on allowable expenses. Please note that the foundation’s indirect cost policy allows up to 20 percent of direct cost expenditures.
The Simons Fellowship will fund up to 50 percent of the 2022–2023 academic year, where, for example, the full leave year period could be January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022; September 1, 2022, through August 31, 2023; or January 1, 2023, through December 31, 2023. Fellowship funding must be contiguous to the university-supported portion of the leave.
Fellowship awards and sabbatical periods may begin no earlier than January 1, 2022, and no later than January 1, 2023. For sabbaticals beginning January 1, 2022, awards will be retroactively started and grant funds available no sooner than March 2021.
Salary replacement funds are to be used only to replace or partly replace salary during academic terms in which the recipient would otherwise be teaching or engaging in academic administration or other departmental or university committee work. The funding may not be used for summer salary (if salary is paid over nine months) or to increase the academic-year salary beyond the university rate but may be paid out over the course of the full leave. Please follow the university’s policy on costs associated with sabbaticals not supported by the university. If applicable, fringe benefits are allowed within the salary-replacement-funds category, but the total amount requested cannot exceed the maximum allowed ($100,000).
Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.
If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.
Applications should be started and submitted under the applicant’s own account on proposalCENTRAL. Applicants are encouraged to submit in advance of the deadline to ensure they have time to make any application corrections that might be necessary for successful submission.
Refer to the How to Apply tab.
Please be sure to submit a proposal using the appropriate application (Mathematics and Physical Sciences — Simons Fellows in Mathematics OR Theoretical Physics).
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