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Simons Foundation

New York, NY, USA
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About Us

The Simons Foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences.

Since its founding in 1994 by Jim and Marilyn Simons, the foundation has been a champion of basic science through grant funding, support for research and public engagement. We believe in asking big questions and providing sustained support to researchers working to unravel the mysteries of the universe.

Through our work we make space for scientific discovery.


The Simons Foundation makes grants in four areas: Mathematics & Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Autism & Neuroscience, and Science, Society & Culture.

Our Flatiron Institute was opened in 2016 and conducts scientific research in-house, supporting teams of top computational scientists.

Science requires a diversity of perspectives. We actively promote collaboration across physical and intellectual barriers through a pioneering grantmaking approach and are committed to the sharing of knowledge within the scientific community.

We understand science is part of society and culture, and we actively provide opportunities for people to engage with science in ways that are relevant and meaningful to them.