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Request for Proposals for PI/PC Hosted Activities to Train Young Scientists

Start date: June 1, 2019

Proposal deadline: October 1, 2018

Please upload your proposal online.

Description

The IMA seeks proposals from its Participating Institutions and Corporations for training graduate students and/or early career mathematicians and scientists in skills required for the application of mathematics. Programs must take place at the host institution during the time period, June 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020. The maximum allowable budget request for such programs is $75K, though it is expected that successful programs could be executed for much less.

The format of the training opportunity at the host institution is not restricted. However, two past activities remain as potential programs under the present solicitation and are briefly reviewed below.

Graduate Student Summer Program

This program brings together a group of mathematics students selected from within the PIs with the goal of immersing them in an exciting topic in the mathematical sciences. A typical program lasts two to three weeks with lectures given on topics by senior mathematicians. A social program and communal living in the dormitory promotes networking and collaboration among the students. See a list of past example graduate student summer programs.

Proposals (of at most six pages) should include:

  • Title, location, and dates, 
  • List of organizers,
  • Detailed description of the program, 
  • Proposed list of speakers, 
  • Budget, including other approved sources of funding. 

Allowable uses of funding:

  • Room and board for the students and the speakers,
  • Travel expenses for all participants,
  • Honoraria for the speakers,
  • Social events, and stipends for TAs when applicable.

Industrial Internship Program

The industrial internship program may leverage the experience and resources gained from prior successful training programs, including the IMA's Math-to-Industry Boot Camp and UIUC’s PI4 program.

Proposals (of at most six pages) should include the following components:

  • Title, location, and dates,
  • List of organizers and program lead(s),
  • Detailed description of the program including:
    • Articulation of need,
    • Brief profile of graduate program,
    • List of potential companies, labs, or government organizations who may serve as partners, especially those with established departmental connections,
    • Sustainability plan.
  • Demonstration of departmental commitment; a minimum one-course release for the point of contact is strongly preferred,
  • Proposed budget including other known or pending sources of support.

Allowable uses of funding:

  • Room and board for the students and the speakers,
  • Travel expenses for all participants,
  • Honoraria for the speakers,
  • Social events, and stipends for TAs when applicable.

Selection criteria for all proposals

  • Timeliness and importance of scientific focus
  • Thoughtfulness and novelty of program
  • Commitment of proposers and personnel involved
  • Contribution to advancing the IMA’s mission
  • Potential for creation of new communities
  • Potential for self-sustainability
  • Engagement of the IMA community, especially IMA participating institutions and corporations
  • Possibility of matching funds from other funding agencies and foundations
  • Effort to reach a diverse audience and engagement of underrepresented minorities
  • Flexibility on timing of the proposed activities

Timeline

Please submit your prosposal online by October 1, 2018.

Proposal evaluations and decisions by the IMA Board of Governors will be made by October 15, 2018.