ICMS Funding Initiatives

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ICMS Funding Initiatives

7 Dec 2020

ICMS are delighted to announce two new funding initiatives to support progression in the Mathematical Sciences:

Progression from taught to research degrees in Mathematical Sciences

March 3rd-4th 2021

Support for the transition from taught degree programmes to research degrees is becoming particularly urgent with the reported extra funding of £20M for PhD places and the expected expansion of the HIMR programme. ICMS has resources to address this need across research areas and geographical regions.

We would like the UK Mathematical Sciences community to engage with and suggest possible initiatives.

As a first step ICMS will run a two day virtual community meeting to get ideas, to make sure we are not replicating existing initiatives (or if we are, that there is a need to enhance them), to consider ED&I issues and to scope potential calls for activity.

There will be some background talks from the Learned Societies and other interested bodies, and breakout time to consider the most effective interventions. We hope that representatives from Mathematical Sciences departments in the UK and other interested people can come and comment on local needs

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Support for Postgraduate Research Workshops and Conferences

ICMS invites proposals for activity to support the UK graduate student community. Grants of up to £20,000 are available to hold events which bring specialist research communities or broader interest groups together. Examples include spring or summer meetings or research camps, but we are open to novel suggestions including events that support Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity and joint events with national and international institutions.

We welcome flexibility in the delivery of these events. Events should not replicate the format of Learned Society initiatives such as the LMS Summer Schools. The events may be held online or at the ICMS in Edinburgh or any other appropriate location in the UK. We encourage organisers to include an online component to enable broader participation and to sketch plans for how the event would proceed if travel restrictions are still in place.

This is a short call to stimulate immediate activity, and a further call will be made later in 2021.

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