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Please distribute this information to your faculty and eligible PIs who may have an interest in submitting an application to this program


Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M Faculty and PIs

Simons Foundation


Simons Award for Graduate Students

in Theoretical Computer Science


Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.


Institutional Eligibility:  Grants are awarded to the student’s home institution. There is a limit of two applications per university. Please coordinate with the relevant university officials. For-profit organizations may not apply.


PI Eligibility:  To be eligible, the applicant must be a graduate student who has completed two, three or four years at a U.S. or Canadian institution of higher education at the time of the award start date. A track record of outstanding results in theoretical computer science is the key criterion. There are no citizenship requirements.


The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).


Proposal Limit: 2


Summary:  The Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and Physical Sciences invites applications for the Simons Award for Graduate Students in Theoretical Computer Science program. These awards will be made to graduate students with an outstanding track record of research accomplishments.


Rationale: Theoretical computer science is unique in that graduate students working independently produce some of the best results in the field. With the Simons Award for Graduate Students in Theoretical Computer Science, the foundation seeks to identify and support these emerging stars by providing additional support to enable them to freely pursue their research interests. The award is not intended to replace the regular academic-year support of these outstanding students.


Basis for Awards: The intent of the program is to support graduate students who have already produced outstanding results. A selection committee of distinguished scientists will consider the applications. Awards will be based on the quality of the applicant’s research contributions, as outlined in the student’s list of publications and research statement, and on the strength of the letters of support.


Level and Duration of Funding: A Simons Award for Graduate Students is awarded for a period of two years for up to $24,000 per year. The award will commence June 1, 2015, and end May 31, 2017. An awardee must be a graduate student for the duration of the award.





December 10, 2014

Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project. 


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December 12, 2014

Deadline to submit an internal proposal.


All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.


Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include:

  • A two-page research statement summarizing the applicant’s research contributions, research plans for the immediate future and career goals. References do not need to be included within the page limit but should not exceed an additional page.
  • A curriculum vitae (two-page limit) that includes institution, advisor and a list of publications.


The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.

If you have any questions, please contact: or 979.862.2233.


January 12, 2015

Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

February 12, 2015

Sponsor deadline for the full proposal.



Internal Selection Procedures:

Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.