Simons Foundation

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Simons Foundation
TypePrivate foundation
HeadquartersNew York, NY, United States
David Spergel
Key people
  • Marlow Kee
  • Marion Greenup
  • Patricia Weisenfeld
Revenue (2016)
Expenses (2016)$307,447,716[1]

The Simons Foundation is a private foundation established in 1994 by Marilyn and Jim Simons with offices in New York City.[2] The foundation — one of the largest charitable organizations in the US, with assets of over $4 billion in 2019[3] — makes grants in "four program areas: mathematics and physical sciences; life sciences; autism research; and education & outreach."[4][5] In 2016, the foundation launched the Flatiron Institute, a multidisciplinary academic research entity focused on computation.[6]

The foundation also funds two editorially independent online publications: Quanta Magazine and Spectrum (see Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative). Quanta reports on developments in mathematics, theoretical physics, theoretical computer science and the basic life sciences.[7] Spectrum provides news and analysis of advancements in autism research.[8]

Simons Investigators awardees[edit]

The Simons Foundation funds the Simons Investigators program[9] which "provides a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term study of fundamental questions".[10]

Simons Investigators are nominated by eligible universities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Awards are made in the categories of mathematics, physics, astrophysics, theoretical computer science, mathematical modeling of living systems (MMLS), and math+X.[11]

Awardees receive research support of $100,000 per year for five years.[9]

Year Category Awardee Institution
2021 Mathematics Guido De Philippis New York University
June Huh Stanford University
Lin Lin University of California, Berkeley
Assaf Naor Princeton University
Physics Xie Chen California Institute of Technology
Eugene Demler Harvard University
Shanhui Fan Stanford University
Peter Graham Stanford University
Surjeet Rajendran Johns Hopkins University
Theoretical Physics in Life Sciences L. Mahadevan Harvard University
Ilya Nemenman Emory University
Astrophysics Jonathan Fortney University of California, Santa Cruz
Yuri Levin Columbia University
Theoretical Computer Science Maria-Florina Balcan Carnegie Mellon University
Amit Sahai University of California, Los Angeles
Thomas Vidick California Institute of Technology
2020 Mathematics Alexei Borodin Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ciprian Manolescu Stanford University
Fernando Codá Marques Princeton University
Zhiwei Yun Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Physics Aashish Clerk University of Chicago
Claudia de Rham Imperial College London
Mohammad Hafezi University of Maryland, College Park
Jané Kondev Brandeis University
Leonardo Rastelli Stony Brook University
Kathryn Zurek California Institute of Technology
Astrophysics Brian Metzger Columbia University
Karin Öberg Harvard University
Theoretical Computer Science Venkat Guruswami Carnegie Mellon University
Omer Reingold Stanford University
David Woodruff Carnegie Mellon University
2019 Mathematics Bhargav Bhatt University of Michigan
Xiuxiong Chen Stony Brook University
Nets Katz California Institute of Technology
Elchanan Mossel Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Physics Rouven Essig Stony Brook University
Sean Hartnoll Stanford University
Gil Refael California Institute of Technology
Neal Weiner New York University
Cenke Xu University of California, Santa Barbara
Astrophysics Daniel Kasen University of California, Berkeley
Rachel Mandelbaum Carnegie Mellon University
Theoretical Computer Science David Blei Columbia University
Oded Regev New York University
Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems Brent Waters University of Texas at Austin
Benjamin Machta Yale University
Caroline Uhler Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2018 Mathematics André Arroja Neves University of Chicago
Sylvia Serfaty New York University
Akshay Venkatesh Stanford University
Physics Liang Fu Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kenneth Intriligator University of California, San Diego
Xiao-Liang Qi Stanford University
Shinsei Ryu University of Chicago
David Tong University of Cambridge
Astrophysics Yanbei Chen California Institute of Technology
Ue-Li Pen University of Toronto
Theoretical Computer Science Constantinos Daskalakis Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ran Raz Princeton University
Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems Claudia Clopath Imperial College London
Lucy Colwell University of Cambridge
Eleni Katifori University of Pennsylvania
Daniela Witten University of Washington
2017 Mathematics Simon Brendle Columbia University
Ludmil Katzarkov University of Miami
Igor Rodnianski Princeton University
Allan Sly University of California, Berkeley
Physics Nigel Cooper Cambridge University
Steven Gubser Princeton University
Shamit Kachru Stanford University
Anders Sandvik Boston University
Eva Silverstein Stanford University
Astrophysics Eve Ostriker Princeton University
Wayne Hu University of Chicago
Theoretical Computer Science Scott Aaronson University of Texas at Austin
Boaz Barak Harvard University
James R. Lee University of Washington
Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems Arvind Murugan The University of Chicago
David Schwab Northwestern University
Aryeh Warmflash Rice University
Daniel Weissman Emory University
Math+X Andrea Bertozzi University of California, Los Angeles
Amit Singer Princeton University
2016 Mathematics Vladimir Markovic California Institute of Technology
James McKernan University of California, San Diego
Bjorn Poonen Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Physics Mina Aganagic University of California, Berkeley
Andrea Alù The University of Texas at Austin
Andrei Beloborodov Columbia University
B. Andrei Bernevig Princeton University
Garnet Chan California Institute of Technology
Daniel Eisenstein Harvard University
Anton Kapustin California Institute of Technology
Theoretical Computer Science Madhu Sudan Harvard University
David Zuckerman University of Texas at Austin
Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems Surya Ganguli Stanford University
Kirill Korolev Boston University
Madhav Mani Northwestern University
M. Lisa Manning Syracuse University
Math+X Ingrid Daubechies Duke University
2015 Mathematics Ian Agol University of California, Berkeley
Ben Green University of Oxford
Raphaël Rouquier University of California, Los Angeles
Christopher Skinner Princeton University
Theoretical Computer Science Dan Boneh Stanford University
Subhash Khot New York University
Christopher Umans California Institute of Technology
Physics Jonathan Feng University of California, Irvine
Alexei Kitaev California Institute of Technology
Andrea Liu University of Pennsylvania
Mark Van Raamsdonk University of British Columbia
Ashvin Vishwanath Harvard University
Anastasia Volovich Brown University
Matthieu Wyart New York University
Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems Michael Desai Harvard University
Andrew Mugler Purdue University
James O’Dwyer University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Math+X Michael Weinstein Columbia University
2014 Mathematics Alex Eskin University of Chicago
Larry Guth Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Richard Kenyon Brown University
Andrei Okounkov Columbia University
Theoretical Computer Science Moses Charikar Princeton University
Shang-Hua Teng University of Southern California
Physics Patrick Hayden Stanford University
Marc Kamionkowski The Johns Hopkins University
Leo Radzihovsky University of Colorado at Boulder
Rachel Somerville Rutgers University
Anatoly Spitkovsky Princeton University
Iain Stewart Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems Paul François McGill University
Oskar Hallatschek University of California, Berkeley
Pankaj Mehta Boston University
Olga Zhaxybayeva Dartmouth College
2013 Mathematics Ngô Bảo Châu The University of Chicago
Maryam Mirzakhani Stanford University
Kannan Soundararajan Stanford University
Daniel Tătaru University of California, Berkeley
Computer Science Rajeev Alur University of Pennsylvania
Piotr Indyk Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Salil Vadhan Harvard University
Physics Victor Galitski The University of Maryland
Randall Kamien University of Pennsylvania
Joel Moore University of California, Berkeley
Đàm Thanh Sơn The University of Chicago
Senthil Todadri Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Xi Yin Harvard University
2012 Mathematics Manjul Bhargava Princeton University
Alice Guionnet Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Christopher Hacon The University of Utah
Paul Seidel Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Amit Singer Princeton University
Terence Tao University of California, Los Angeles
Horng-Tzer Yau Harvard University
Computer Science Sanjeev Arora Princeton University
Shafrira Goldwasser Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Russell Impagliazzo University of California, San Diego
Jon Kleinberg Cornell University
Daniel Spielman Yale University
Physics Igor Aleiner Columbia University
Michael Brenner Harvard University
Sharon Glotzer University of Michigan
Matthew Hastings Duke University
Chris Hirata California Institute of Technology
Charles Kane University of Pennsylvania
Hirosi Ooguri California Institute of Technology
Frans Pretorius Princeton University
Eliot Quataert University of California, Berkeley

White House BRAIN Initiative Alliance membership[edit]

As of December 2018, the Simons Foundation is listed as a White House BRAIN Initiative Alliance Member.[12]

The Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain (SCGB) is working to understand the internal processes underlying cognition.[13]


In 2008, the Simons Foundation website started a News & Opinion section called 'Spectrum'. This section evolved into an independent website in 2015 on The funding for this editorially independent website still comes from the Simons Foundation.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Simons Foundation, Inc" (PDF). Foundation Center. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Simons Foundation: Funder of Basic Science Research, Early Mover in Autism Science" (PDF). Autism Spectrum News.
  3. ^ "Simons Foundation Annual Reports".
  4. ^ "About Simons Foundation". Simons Foundation. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Inside the Simons Foundation: Big Philanthropy on the Frontiers of Science". Inside Philanthropy. Retrieved 2017-01-20.
  6. ^ Chang, Kenneth (2016-11-22). "James Simons's Foundation Starts New Institute for Computing, Big Data". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-01-20.
  7. ^ "About Quanta - Quanta Magazine".
  8. ^ "About Spectrum - Spectrum - Autism Research News".
  9. ^ a b Simons Investigators, The Simons Foundation
  10. ^ Simons Investigators Awardees, The Simons Foundation
  11. ^ "Simons Investigators". Retrieved 1 April 2019. The Math+X Investigators program is designed to encourage novel collaborations between mathematics and other fields in science or engineering.
  12. ^ "Participants". The BRAIN Initiative.
  13. ^ "Simons Foundation". The BRAIN Initiative.
  14. ^ "About Spectrum". Retrieved 2022-03-17.

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