Simons Early Career Investigator in Aquatic Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards


Deadline: November 1st 2023

The Simons Foundation’s Life Sciences division focuses on microbial oceanography and computational biogeochemical modeling of marine ecosystems, microbial ecology and evolution, and support of early-career scientists. The Foundation is accepting applications for its Simons Early Career Investigator in Aquatic Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards, with the purpose to help launch the careers of outstanding investigators in the fields of microbial ecology, microbial biogeochemistry and/or microbial evolution in marine or natural freshwater systems. Researchers must currently be active in basic research addressing fundamental questions in these fields and must focus a large fraction of their lab’s effort in this area.


  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree;
  • Applicants must currently hold a tenure-track, tenured or, for institutions with no tenure track, an equivalent independent position in an institution in the U.S. or Canada and have carried out research in such a position starting no earlier than November 2018 and no later than January 2023;
  • Applicants must be the principal investigator, co-principal investigator or co-investigator currently or within the past year on a research grant from a national governmental agency or major national or international foundation that awards direct funding to their institution for their research in the field of microbial ecology and/or evolution in marine or natural freshwater systems;
  • Federal government employees are not eligible;
  • Applicants whose research focuses on the microbiomes of animals or plants, symbioses of microbes with animals, paleoceanography, geobiology or aquatic pollution will not be considered.

About the Awards

Grants will be for $270,000 USD per year, including indirect costs (limited to 20% of modified total direct costs), for a period of three years, subject to annual reviews and continuation of research in areas relevant to the purpose of this program.

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