Clay Mathematics Institute

Dedicated to increasing and disseminating mathematical knowledge

Enhancement and Partnership Program

The principal aim is to enhance activities that are already planned and financially viable. The program is broadly defined, but subject to general principles:

●  CMI funding will be used in accordance with the Institute's mission and its status as an operating foundation to enhance mathematical activities undertaken in partnership with other organizations.
●  It will not be used to meet expenses that could readily be covered from local or national sources. It is intended to add value rather than to meet a shortfall in core funding.
●  All proposals will be judged by the CMI's Scientific Advisory Board.

The CMI can only support events in which it has significant involvement, and in all cases the CMI’s partnership  in the event must be acknowledged by using the wording set out in the Statement of Financial Policies included with offer letters.  



The call for proposals for events in a given fiscal year (1 October–30 September) will be closed when the budget for that year has been fully allocated.  The call for events in the fiscal year 2017-18 is closed.

Workshops and Conferences

The most common use of the program will be to support a small number of highly distinguished speakers at a conference or workshop.  In this case CMI will participate in the selection of the supported speakers, who will be reimbursed directly by CMI. Additionally, CMI can support a small number of junior participants, either graduate students or early career participants. ‘Early career’ means ‘within five years of PhD and not holding a tenured or tenure-track position’.  Organizers will be expected to  nominate the agreed number of junior participants after undertaking a competitive selection process.  Selection will be based on evidence of exceptional promise. 

Applications for support for conferences and workshops should include:

  • A description of the planned activity
  • The names and very brief CVs of the speakers for whom CMI funding is proposed 
  • The number of junior participants for whom support is requested 
  • An estimate of the costs of the people for whom support is requested
  • A full account of existing funding for the event
  • An explanation of why the support requested cannot be obtained from other local or national sources.

If the application is successful, CMI will agree the detailed nomination and selection process for the junior participants with the organizers. If it is uncertain whether or not some of the senior speakers named in your proposal will be able to attend, then you may nominate reserves, but you should not otherwise assume that CMI funding is transferable.

Graduate Summer Schools

The Enhancement and Partnership Program can also support graduate summer schools or similar events.

Graduate Summer Schools

Extended Research Programs

The Enhancement and Partnership Program can be used in the same way to support an extended focused research program at a university or research institute. Financial support will be limited to travel costs of speakers and junior participants together with either actual living costs or a per diem at a rate allowed by the relevant taxation and immigration authorities.  

Applications should include the same information requested for conferences and workshops. In the case of extended events, organizers can nominate one of the speakers as a ‘Clay Senior Scholar’.   The nomination should be accompanied by 

  • Nomination letter
  • CV and publication list
  • At least two independent letters of reference.

Senior Scholars must participate in the whole program.  They are expected to make  a significant and leading contribution that goes beyond the occasional talk.

Former Senior Scholars.

Other partnerships

Exceptionally CMI will enter into a more extensive partnership with event organizers.  In this case, CMI can  provide a higher level of funding, but it should be involved in the organization from the start and must have representation on the organizing committee.


Applications will only be received from institutions or from organizers of conferences, workshops, extended research programs and summer schools. In particular CMI will not consider applications under this program from individuals for funding to attend conferences or to visit other institutions or to support their personal research in other ways.

Applications should be sent to the President, copied to the Administrative Manager. They should be as brief as possible given the information requested.  It is generally unhelpful to include long documents prepared for other funding bodies.  

Applications received by the following dates will be considered as gathered fields:

1 March
1 June
1 September
1 December

In truly exceptional circumstances, CMI will also consider applications submitted at other times.  The call for proposals for events in a given fiscal year (1 October–30 September) will be closed when the budget for that year has been fully allocated. The call for events in the fiscal year 2017-18 is closed.

Proposals must be consistent with the statement of CMI’s Financial Policies, a copy of which can be obtained from the Administrative Manager.