The IMA Research Committee promotes the needs of mathematics and applied mathematics research.
The Committee works with funders and users of mathematics research. The activities include meetings with key stakeholders such as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Research Council (UK), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). At present many of the activities are focused on England, however the Institute will expand these activities to cover the whole of the United Kingdom. In addition the Research Committee advises, through consultations, in many areas of policy. For example, the Research Committee nominates candidates for the Research Excellence Framework Mathematical Sciences sub-panel, the EPSRC Special Advisory Team (Mathematical Sciences) and the EPSRC College.
Where possible, the Institute works within the Council for the Mathematical Sciences (the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, London Mathematical Society, Edinburgh Mathematical Society, Operational Research Society and the Royal Statistical Society) to provide a unified view.
The Research Committee has also played a leading role in the production of the Mathematics Matters Case Studies which demonstrate the ubiquity and enormous utility of modern mathematics research.
The Committee awards grants from the IMA Small Grant scheme.
The Research Committee works closely with the IMA Journals Board of Management which supervises all IMA journals.