Simons Targeted Grants in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences – Up to $200K – Due Date: September 25, 2020


The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for its new Targeted Grants in MPS program.

Fields of Research:

The program is intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis in the fields of:

  • Theoretical Mathematics,
  • Physics and
  • Computer Science


  • Applications may be submitted by established U.S. and foreign public and private educational institutions and stand-alone research centers.
  • PIs and co-Investigators must have a Ph.D. and a tenure-track or tenured position at said institutions or centers.
  • There are no citizenship or department requirements for PIs.


  • The Targeted Grant in MPS program provides funding for up to five years.
  • The funding level and duration is flexible and should be appropriate based on the type of support requested in the proposal.
  • There is no recommended or assumed funding level for this program.
  • Allowable expenses include:
    • Up to one month of summer salary and related benefits per year for the PI and any co-Investigator(s).
    • Domestic or international travel for the PI and co-Investigator(s).
    • Research equipment, experiments, computations and other expenses directly benefiting the research.
    • Salary support and related benefits, including tuition support, for staff/research scientists, postdoctoral fellows and research associates, graduate students or undergraduate research assistants.


Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) through proposalCENTRAL (

Due Date:

The deadline is rolling and an LOI can be submitted at any time.