Simons Investigators

Simons Investigators are outstanding theoretical scientists who receive a stable base of research support from the foundation, enabling them to undertake the long-term study of fundamental questions. Investigators are awarded in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics, and Theoretical Computing Science. The intent of the programs is to support outstanding scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing creative new research directions, providing leadership to the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists. 

Eligibility: To be eligible to be nominated for an Investigator award, a scientist must be engaged in theoretical research in mathematics, physics (or theoretical physics in life sciences), astrophysics or computer science and must not have previously been a Simons Investigator.

Value: Each Investigator receives research support of USD 100,000 per year for a five-year, renewable term. An additional USD 10,000 per year is provided to the Investigator's department and the institution receives 20 per cent in indirect costs.

Note: These are institutional, limited submission nominations. The Foundation asks that nominations be treated confidentially - nominees should not know they are being nominated if possible. The Foundation strongly encourages the nomination of scientists from underrepresented groups. Institutional Strategic Awards (ISA) coordinates the internal selection of nominees and/or institutional endorsements/external expert reviews. To promote equity, diversity and inclusion, departments and faculties should ensure that all eligible candidates are considered. To recommend a candidate to the President’s Advisory Committee on Awards, Honours and Prizes, please submit a candidate suggestion form by the internal deadline. For more information, please contact

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Upcoming Deadlines

November 03, 2023November 03, 2023 *
June 15, 2023 Jun. 15, 2023 June 15, 2023 16:00:00 June 15, 2023 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Simons Investigators Supports active and creative researchers with $100,000 USD per year over five years to undertake new and creative investigations in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics, Theoretical Computer Science and Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems. .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.