Request for Proposals for Programs and Activities at the IMA

Start date: April 1, 2019
End date: August 31, 2020 (or later if self-sustaining)

Proposal deadline: October 1, 2018
Please upload your proposal online.

Funding announcement: November 1, 2018


The IMA seeks proposals for programs and activities that will take place at the IMA during the period beginning in late spring 2019 and continuing through the 2019-20 academic year. The suggested maximum budget for awards is $100K, though larger awards may be possible for proposals with exceptional impact.

During the 2017-19 academic years, the IMA has explored new models for programming, soliciting proposals from the broader community of IMA stakeholders that resulted in both major thematic programs and additional workshops (see our annual programs webpage for a list of recent major programs). Funding opportunities for activities in 2019-20 will be offered based on continuing support of IMA stakeholders, including the University of Minnesota. Accepted programs can start as early as April 1, 2019 and end by August 31, 2020.

We are particularly interested in programs that support the IMA’s mission to foster collaboration and the formation of new research communities at the intersection of academia, industry, and the national labs. The funding available should be used to provide structures for sustained interactions. A well-conceived, stand-alone workshop may suffice, but might benefit from additional layering of activities before and after the event (such as tutorials or other learning components like working groups, online community formation, and so on).

Innovative proposals that leverages the assets of the IMA are sought. Factors to consider when crafting a proposal:

  • We are seeking proposals from IMA stakeholder groups for programs that increase their stake at the IMA.
  • The funds made available should be considered as an initial investment for self-sustaining programs.
  • Proposed programs should be aligned with the mission and goals of the IMA.
  • Proposed programs should bring visibility to the IMA and excitement to the interdisciplinary research community it serves.
  • Creative and effective programs that serve the unmet needs of the mathematical sciences community are particularly desirable.
  • Program topics should be timely; program structure should be thoughtful.
  • If the program involves essential organizers or long-term visitors, commitment of these personnel to the program is essential.

Required elements of the 2- to 4-page proposal

  • Principal investigators and their contact information
  • Title of the proposal
  • Start and end dates
  • Description of the program or activity
  • Potential impacts
  • Sustainability plans
  • Funding request; instead of dollar amount, we ask proposers to state resources they will need, such as number of visitors and length of their visits

Selection criteria

  • 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 research community
  • 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


  • October 1, 2018: proposal due
  • October 15, 2018: proposal evaluation and decision by the IMA Board of Governors
  • April 1, 2019 (or later): start of proposed programs/activities

Please upload your proposal online.

We encourage PIs to consider submitting a brief letter of intent at least one week before the October 1 deadline. Letters of intent may be informal, 1- to 2-page documents, giving a rough outline of the activities to be proposed and the personnel involved. All such letters will receive feedback from the IMA before the final proposal deadline which may be used to strengthen the proposal.