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Studying Complex Systems Program


For Scholar Awards the program's emphasis is furthering the science of complex systems via the continued development of the theory and tools used in the study of complex research questions and not on particular fields of research per se.   JSMF is particularly interested in projects attempting to apply complex systems approaches to coherently articulated questions.


For Postdoctoral Fellowships and Collaborative Activity Awards, proposals furthering the science of complex systems and/or proposals intending to apply complex system tools and models to problems where such approaches are not yet considered usual or mainstream are appropriate.


JSMF supports research in the brain sciences through its topical program Understanding Human Cognition.   The Foundation recommends that researchers in the neurosciences not submit proposals to the Complex Systems RFA.   Typically, such proposals are unsuccessful.  




There are 3 grant types available in this program.

  • Scholar Award-CS,
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, and
  • Collaborative Activity Award


Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
Amount: $200,000
Duration: Expended in no less than 2 and no more than 3 years.
Eligibility: Ph.D. students within 18 months of anticipated completion of graduate training

The 2015 deadline was June 12, 2015, 15:59 CDT (20:59 UTC).


Collaborative Award 
Amount and Duration: flexible

There are no deadlines for Collaborative Awards


Scholar Award in Complex Systems (Scholar-CS)
Amount: $450,000
Duration: 6 years
Eligibility: Principal investigators between 5 and 15 years post Ph.D. 

The 2015 deadline was March 11, 2015, 15:59 CDT (20:59 UTC).