Starting July 2016, the NBIA will run a sequence of six thematic programs funded by a generous grant from the Simons Foundation. The topics of these programs will be centered around the research areas relevant for six prestigious Simons Visiting Professorships, one for each semester for the period 2016-19. Participation in the thematic programs is open for all, but subject to a selection due to limited amount of space. The precise implementation of the thematic programs will vary according to the subject, but will typically consist of sequences of 1-2 week workshops, of PhD-schools on focused topics, and of a running list of overlapping visitors with an associated seminar program. The first Simons Visiting Professor will be Vladislav Mukhanov, Head of the Theoretical Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology group at the University of Munich. The first event in this program will be the intense 2-day workshop on <link> Relativistic Astrophysics and Gravitational Waves, July 27-28, 2016.