Simons Foundation: Targeted Grants to Institutes (MPS)



The program is intended to support established institutes or centers in mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science through funding to help strengthen contacts within the international scientific community. Our aim is to enable institutes to extend and enhance their missions; this program will not provide primary support for operating or establishing an institute.

The Targeted Grants to Institutes program provides funding for up to three years and up to $250,000 per year, which includes 20 percent per year in indirect costs to the institution. Awards will not be considered for renewal. Awardees must reapply to the Targeted Grants to Institutes program for new funding for a period after their current award ends. Awards can begin no earlier than January 1, 2023, and must begin no later than July 1, 2023.

The foundation expects to award up to three grants each year.


Applications may be submitted by established U.S. and foreign public and private educational and nonprofit institutes and research centers. The program is not intended to support institutes or centers whose main purpose is to provide a focal point for research of faculty at a specific university. This program will not support national labs, or the equivalent, with a primary focus on experiments.

Recent awardees are, amongst others:

  • The Simons-NYU Science Explorations Summer Program: this program brings together students from diverse backgrounds with a passion for the physical and life sciences. The goal of the program is to introduce students to college-level scientific concepts while giving them a traditional 4-year-college experience, and providing networking and mentorship opportunities with some of today’s most innovative researchers.
  • Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences: the foundation provides funding to this institute at the University of British Columbia to support postdoctoral fellows, a summer research program in mathematics, a scholars exchange program and travel support for a congress. 
  • MATRIX (Australia): the foundation supports a variety of MATRIX-Simons programs, including extended visits of international scholars, the participation of early-career researchers in MATRIX programs, engagement with other institutions and external partners, and assisting the travel of researchers and their families to MATRIX. 
More awardees can be found on the Simons Foundation website.


Institutions can apply via single applicants. The deadline is the 21st of September 2022. 

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More information can be found on the website of the Simons Foundation



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