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Small Grant Scheme

The purpose of the Institute’s Small Grant Scheme is to facilitate research activity in all areas of applicable mathematics.

In celebration of its Fiftieth year, the IMA is delighted to announce that an extra £6,000 has been allocated to the Small Grants Scheme, for the remainder of 2014 only.  This extension of the scheme is particularly welcome as we are currently experiencing the busiest year on record for the scheme.  The Small Grants Committee extends it thanks to all who have sponsored the 50th anniversary celebrations and for allowing a greater number of mathematicians to benefit from his scheme.

The Scheme is designed to be flexible, to have a simple application procedure, and to offer a rapid response to applications. It is open to all members of the wider mathematics community.

Applications can be made at any time for grants up to a value of £600, although larger awards may exceptionally be granted. Those wishing to organise a conference with a mathematical theme may apply for grants up to £1,200. Submissions must be made on the Small Grants Scheme application form which can be downloaded below.

The Small Grant Scheme is competitive, and awards will be made only if they can be expected to have a significant impact on, or contribute towards, the specified research activity. Grants are unlikely to be made to support activities for which substantial alternative funding sources currently exist.

The awards can be used to support all forms of research activity within the remit of the IMA.

Aims and Scope

The purpose of the IMA Small Grant Scheme is to facilitate research activity in all areas of applicable mathematics. It is designed to be flexible, to have a simple application procedure, and to offer a rapid response to applications. The Scheme is open to all members of the wider mathematics community.

The Small Grant Scheme is competitive, and awards will be made only if they can be expected to have a significant impact on, or contribute towards, the specified research activity. Grants are unlikely to be made to support activities for which substantial alternative funding sources currently exist.

The awards can be used to support all forms of research activity within the remit of the IMA, but the Institute particularly welcomes applications that are used to

(i)       provide partial support for workshops and small conferences and symposia;
(ii)      assist with travel costs for overseas visitors;
(iii)     facilitate the advancement and promotion of collaborative research programmes;
(iv)     promote the education and training of students and young mathematicians and scientists;
(v)      initiate or aid joint research programmes between mathematicians and industry;
(vi)     enable an activity that is not open to funding from other sources

Conferences Attendance

Applicants who request funding to attend a conference should provide a rough budget and indicate other sources of funding being sought or received. In particular, they should state why the costs cannot be met from their university/employer or other source of funding, such as their Departmental travel budget or (in the case of an EPSRC-sponsored PhD student) the portion of the DTG grant that is intended for use for the incidental costs incurred in the training of doctoral students.

Conference Organisation

If you wish to organise a conference on a theme that involves applied mathematics you may apply for a grant of up to £1,200. You should also indicate other sources of finance that you have obtained or sought elsewhere. Your conference need not be organised with the IMA but if you would like the IMA to administer your conference, please email conferences@ima.org.uk .

Procedure

  1. Grants will be made up to a value of £600, although larger awards may exceptionally be granted.
  2. The annual budget for the scheme is currently set at £12k.
  3. Applications may be made at any time but we would not normally expect to fund more than one application per year per applicant.
  4. Applications must be made on the Small Grants Scheme application from. 
  5. If the applicant is not a member of the Institute the name of a co-applicant who is a member must be given.
  6. A decision on the award of a grant will be usually given within two months of submission of an application.
  7. A brief report on the outcomes of the research project, and how the money was used, must be lodged within two months of completion of the activity.

Final report form can be downloaded below.

Background advice and information

The IMA Research Group takes the following aspects into account when reviewing grant requests:

  1. Overall merit of the proposed activity (scientific quality, training, education, wider benefits) 
  2. The usefulness and effectiveness of the IMA Small Grant in the success of the proposal 
  3. Benefit of activity to the Institute’s vision for mathematics in the UK.
  4. Other aspects which weight the proposal up or down, such as the promotion of young mathematicians, availability of alternative funding, etc.

Please be aware that while some additional information might benefit your case, large quantities of documentation such as mathematical or scientific papers, personal CVs are not needed. The referees are busy people and wish to see all the information they require to make up their minds in the completed form, or at least in no more than one or two additional pages.

You should not apply for funding retrospectively for events that have already taken place.

If you do not include budgetary information and/or state explicitly what you require the money for, we will need to come back to you before taking any steps to review the application.

The referees are less likely to award full grants to serial applicants or to annual events that they have previously supported.

Recipients of grants for personal activities like overseas travel should note that they are unlikely to be successful in consecutive years.

Where an applicant has previously received a grant but has not sent in a report about it, their application will be refused.

Support for visiting lecturers from overseas would be more likely if they are giving talks during their stay here that IMA members can attend free or at a discount.

Voting is based on professional judgement rather than a strict formula. For this reason, no reasons will be given for approving or turning down awards and no correspondence will be conducted once a decision is reached.

Applications from non members are welcomed but where awards are made, the recipients will receive information about the benefits of IMA membership.

Related Documents

Download Small Grant Application Form [Word]

Download Small Grant Application Form [PDF]

Download Small Grant Report Form [Word]

Download Small Grant Report Form [PDF]