The Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division, established in 2010, supports research in mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science, by providing funding for individuals, institutions, and science infrastructure.
Programs that support individuals include the Simons Investigators program, which provides long-term research funding to outstanding scientists, the Simons Fellows program, which enables faculty to extend sabbaticals from one academic term to a full year, and the Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians, which provides funding for travel and visitors to mathematicians without other significant grant support. The foundation’s Targeted Grants to Institutes program enables established institutions to extend their mission in creative new ways and, also supports the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at the University of California, Berkeley. The Simons Collaborations in MPS program, started in 2014, funds large scale, goal-driven projects that enable scientists to work together to address fundamental questions of major scientific importance.
Tschinkel’s research is at the interface of algebraic geometry and number theory. He studies higher-dimensional algebraic varieties, their hidden symmetries and rational points. He is the author of 135 papers and editor of 19 books.
Greg Gabadadze joined MPS in 2017 and is a professor of physics and the dean for science at New York University, where he previously chaired the physics department and served as director of the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics.
Eitan Bachmat is a professor of computer science at Ben-Gurion University. He works on problems in the areas of Storage Systems, Performance analysis, Systems engineering, Operations research, Autism, Personalized Medicine and Digital healthcare, using techniques from Physics, Mathematics and CS.
Meghan Fazzi joined the Simons Foundation in 2008. She directs the division’s conferences and events as well as oversees the day-to-day activities of MPS, which include supporting director Yuri Tschinkel.
Elizabeth Roy joined the Simons Foundation in 2010. She is currently the Senior Manager for Programs and Administration in MPS, focusing on program and budget management.
Jacob Cappell joined the Simons Foundation in 2014 with a background in independent web design and production. He is responsible for production of the Mathematics and Physical Sciences section of SimonsFoundation.org.
Emily Klein joined the foundation in 2015 to support programs in Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Previously, she coordinated medical education programs and assisted with grants at the Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Melanie Shiree joined the Simons Foundation as events coordinator for the division of Math and Physical Sciences (MPS) in 2021. Prior to joining the MPS team, Shiree worked as a coordinator at the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA).