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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 - Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) Division

Deadline Date:

01/31/19 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. Funds are intended to support travel and related expenditures associated with the collaborative work between mathematics scholars.

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 for awards include the applicant’s current and recent Ph.D. students, and the applicant’s travel goals and general research activity.

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 allows support for travel and visitors.

Allowable Expenses:
1. Collaboration, travel and research funds for the awardee (up to $6,000 per year):

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.
- 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.
- 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.

2. Discretionary funds for the awardee’s department (up to $1,000 per year):

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 up to 20 percent ($1,400) per year is awarded for indirect costs.

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

Term of Contract:

Each collaboration grant provides funding for five years. The five-year grant will commence September 1, 2019, and end August 31, 2024.

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;
- Have a current record of active research and publication in high-quality journals; and
- Not currently hold any other external PI or PI equivalent grants with an end date after September 1, 2019, as outlined in the RFA.

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, 2019, for travel during the grant period are permissible.

For further guidelines, see the Policies and Procedures link below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must apply through proposalCENTRAL . The deadline to apply is January 31, 2019, at 11:59:59 p.m. EST.

Important Dates
Application Deadline: January 31, 2019
Notification: June 1, 2019
Award Start Date: September 1, 2019

Grants are awarded to the applicant’s institution.

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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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