Simons Foundation | Neuroscience Collaborations Vision Statements Call


Event details

Date 08.03.2023  
Category Call for proposal

Aim: The Simons Foundation seeks to create strong collaborations and foster the cross-pollination of ideas between investigators, as these interactions often lead to unexpected breakthroughs. Towards this end, in 2012 the foundation launched a new collaborative funding model, the Simons Collaborations, which funds groups of investigators — often from different disciplines — to work together on a timely and important problem.

The goal of the Simons Collaborations is to bring together groups of outstanding scientists to address topics of fundamental scientific importance, with a focus on fields in which significant new developments have created novel opportunities for exploration. To enable bold, creative and innovative research, each collaboration is funded for ten years (with a review at year five).

Simons now seeks vision statements to identify new, emerging breakthrough areas of neuroscience that are poised for high-impact funding by the Simons Foundation. They are interested in bold and cutting edge, idea-generating research that focuses on basic principles of brain function and may be overlooked or too risky for other funding organizations.

Simons will prioritize cross-disciplinary collaborations that integrate many levels of analysis, methodologies, ways of thinking, and scientific communities. A goal is to encourage conversations within and across fields while bringing together diverse groups of researchers to investigate important questions about the basic principles of brain function. Investigators in a Simons Collaboration are expected to openly share data, code, analysis pipelines, protocols and reagents. Proposals should include junior investigators and investigators from a diversity of academic disciplines, genders, races and ethnicities in a Simons Collaboration.

Duration:      10 years

Funding:       USD $5M-12M / year

Eligibility: All investigators must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or the equivalent (eligible for receiving grant funding) at a college, university, medical school or other research facility. In addition, eligible applicants must have independent research space at their institution.

How to Apply: Vision statements should be no longer than two-pages, single-spaced, 11 pt New Times Roman font, 0.5 in margins plus one page (if needed) of figures, references, the anticipated overall yearly total cost and list of proposed PIs. Vision statements will be reviewed by the Simons Foundation with input from outside reviewers. 10–20 submissions will be invited (06.2023) to submit a 20-page full proposal including a finalized list of investigators and a detailed budget. Full proposals will be reviewed, and 3–5 submissions will be invited (12.2023) to the Simons Foundation for workshops with all investigators involved in the proposed collaboration. Up to three collaborations will be funded.

Deadline:      08-March-2023 (Vision statement)

Further information
  • More information about the program is available here.
  • There will be an informational webinar on December 12, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET (19:00-20:00 Swiss time). Click here to join.
  • The application portal SAM can be found here.
  • For any other questions, please contact the Research Office.


Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


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