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Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians

Grants to USA Mathematics Scholars for
Collaborative Research Projects

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Simons Foundation - Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) Division

Deadline Date:

01/28/21 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to USA mathematics scholars affiliated with a higher education institution for collaborative research projects in the field of mathematics. Funding is intended to support interactions between mathematicians, costs related to hosting scholars, and general research expenses.

The goal of the program is to substantially increase collaborative contacts between accomplished, active mathematicians in the United States who do not otherwise have access to funding that could provide support for travel and visitors.

Awards will be based on the quality and significance of the applicant’s previous research and on the likely impact the collaboration grant will have on future research, both for the applicant and the applicant’s graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows. Other criteria include publication in high-quality journals, the applicant’s current and recent Ph.D. students and the applicant’s travel goals and general research activity.

Allowable Expenses:

  1. Collaboration, travel and research funds for the awardee ($6,000 per year): 
    • Scientific travel by the awardee, the awardee’s graduate and Ph.D. students and other members of the awardee’s department (at the sole discretion of the awardee) per the institution’s travel policies - Parking, hotel, taxi, registration and other related travel and conference costs are allowable. International travel is permitted and there are no restrictions on airline carriers.
    • The expense of scientific visits (including meals) to the awardee’s home institution by the awardee’s collaborators and other scientific visitors of interest to the awardee per the institution’s travel policies - International travel is permitted, and there are no restrictions on airline carriers. An honorarium for speakers is allowed.
    • No more than $1,500 per year for other research expenses, such as computers, computer support, publication expenses, stationery, supplies, books and membership fees to professional organizations.
  2. Discretionary funds for the awardee’s department which must be spent at the discretion of the chair ($1,000 per year):
    • Support for departmental colloquia and seminars, as well as refreshments and other research-related amenities;
    • Support for student orientations, prospective student visits, and other departmental activities are allowed;
    • Subsidizing meals for faculty, students and visitors; and
    • Furniture and research infrastructure, such as copiers, computer servers, and computer support.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178953

Number of Grants:

The foundation will award up to 140 grants per year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each collaboration grant provides $8,400 per year for up to five years: $6,000 per year for collaboration, travel and research funds for the awardee; $1,000 per year in discretionary funds for the awardee’s department to enhance the research atmosphere of the department; and 20 percent ($1,400) per year in indirect costs.

Term of Contract:

The five-year grant will commence September 1, 2021.

Any funds not spent in one year of the grant may be spent in subsequent years without prior approval, but unspent funds at the end of the grant must be returned to the foundation. No-cost extension requests will be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply, an individual must
- Have a Ph.D. degree and hold a tenure-track or tenured position with a full-time appointment in a mathematics department with a Ph.D. degree-granting program, at an institution in the United States (those with an appointment solely in a statistics department are not eligible);
- Have a current record of active research and publication in high-quality journals; and
- Not currently hold any other external PI or co-PI grants, as outlined below, with an end date after September 1, 2021.

There are no citizenship requirements.

These grants may not be used for salary or teaching buyouts, whether for the awardee or others. Only travel between the grant start and end date will be covered by this grant. Expenses incurred before September 1, 2021, for travel during the grant period are permissible.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Application Deadline: January 28, 2021, at 11:59:59 p.m. EST
- Notification: June 1, 2021
- Award Start Date: September 1, 2021

Grants are awarded to the applicant’s institution.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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