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Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians

Grants to USA Mathematics Scholars for Travel
Expenses Related to Collaborative Research

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Simons Foundation - Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS)

Deadline Date:

01/31/18 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of $8,400 per year to USA PhDs affiliated with a higher education institution for collaborative research projects in the field of mathematics. This grant is intended to support travel and related expenditures associated with the collaborative work between mathematics scholars.

Decisions will be based on the quality of the applicant’s previous research and on the likely impact that the collaboration grant will have on future research, both for the applicant and the applicant’s graduate students or postdoctoral fellows.

The goal of the program is to support the “mathematical marketplace” by substantially increasing collaborative contacts between mathematicians. The Foundation will make a large number of collaboration grants to accomplished, active researchers in the United States who do not otherwise have access to funding that allows support for travel and visitors.

Allowable Expenses:

An amount of $6,000 per year to the awardee — Eligible expenses in this category are:

- 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 — International travel is permitted. Parking, hotel, taxi, registration and other related travel and conference costs are allowable. 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.
- Up to $1,500 per year in other research expenses, such as computers, computer support, publication expenses, stationery, supplies, books and membership fees to professional organizations.

An amount of $1,000 per year to the awardee’s department to enhance the research atmosphere of the department — Eligible expenses in this category include 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. Funds may also be used to subsidize meals for faculty, students and visitors. In addition, these funds may be used to help pay for furniture and research infrastructure, such as copiers, computer servers and computer support. Funds should be expended at the discretion of the department chair.

An amount of $1,400 per year in indirect costs to the institution for the administration of the award.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178953

Number of Grants:

The foundation anticipates making up to 140 awards per year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each collaboration grant provides $8,400 per year for five years: $6,000 per year for collaboration, travel and research expenses for the awardee; $1,000 per year in discretionary funds for the awardee’s department; and $1,400 per year in indirect costs to the awardee’s institution.

Term of Contract:

Each collaboration grant provides funding for five years. The five-year grant will commence September 1, 2018, and end August 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply, an individual must:

- Have a Ph.D. degree and hold a tenure-track or tenured position, or be a professor emeritus, within a mathematics department with a Ph.D. degree granting program, at an institution of higher education based in the United States;
- Have a current record of active research and publication in high-quality journals; and
- Not hold any other external PI or PI equivalent grants of over $3,000 per year that allow for support for travel or visitors during the collaboration grant award period, including active other support with an end date after September 1, 2018.

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, 2018, for travel during the grant period are permissible.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants may apply through proposalCENTRAL beginning September 1, 2017. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2018, at 11:59:59 p.m. EST.

Important Dates:

Application Available: August 31, 2017
Application Deadline: January 31, 2018
Notification: June 1, 2018
Award Start Date: September 1, 2018

Funding decisions will be announced by June 1, 2018, and funding will begin on September 1, 2018.


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

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Contact Information:

Elizabeth Roy, Senior Program Manager
Mathematics and the Physical Sciences
Phone: 212-524-6966

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