Program Description:
The intent of the Simons Investigators in MMLS program is to help the research careers of outstanding scientists working on mathematical and theoretical approaches to topics in the life sciences. Nominations will be evaluated on the basis of nominees’ potential for scientific accomplishment in these areas.

The program explicitly does not support translational or specifically human disease–related research.

Level and Duration of Funding: A Simons Investigator in MMLS is appointed for a period of five years. An Investigator in MMLS receives research support of $100,000 per year. An additional $10,000 per year is provided to the Investigator’s department. The Investigator’s institution receives an additional 20 percent in indirect costs.

Eligibility: To be a Simons Investigator in MMLS, a scientist must be engaged in research related to the program; must not previously have been a Simons Investigator; and must have a primary appointment as a faculty member at an educational institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom or Ireland, on a campus within these countries, and the primary department affiliation must have a Ph.D. program. At the time of appointment, an Investigator should be in the early stages of an academic career and must be within ten years of the start of his/her first faculty position.

Internal Review Process: The campus may submit no more than two nominations to this competition. Therefore, interested applicants are asked to submit a preliminary application to the Office of Research by August 15, 2018 (vis the UCI Review application portal), with the following information:

  • A research statement, of less than two pages in length, prepared by the nominee and outlining the nominee’s research vision and plans,
  • Bio-sketch or CV (no more than two pages),
  • Support letter from the nominee’s department chair.

If necessary, an ad hoc committee will be convened to review the preliminary proposals. The selected applicants will be notified in time to meet the foundation’s October 31, 2018 deadline for full proposals.

The program description with complete guidelines may be found here: Questions about our internal campus review process may be directed to Greg Ruth at or x4-0372.