Purpose and Goals
The Clay Mathematics Institute is a tax-exempt Private Operating Foundation dedicated to increasing and disseminating mathematical knowledge. It supports the work of leading researchers at various stages of their careers and organizes conferences, workshops, and summer schools. Contemporary breakthroughs are recognized by its annual Research Award.
The primary objectives and purposes are:
- to increase and disseminate mathematical knowledge
- to educate mathematicians and other scientists about new discoveries in the field of mathematics
- to encourage gifted students to pursue mathematical careers
- to recognize extraordinary achievements and advances in mathematical research
The Clay Mathematics Institute will further the beauty, power and universality of mathematical thought.
The Institute was founded in September, 1998 by Mr. Landon T. Clay, a Boston businessman, and his wife, Lavinia D. Clay. It is incorporated in the USA and is governed by its Board of Directors, Scientific Advisory Board, and President. Board meetings are held to consider nominations and research proposals and to conduct other business, usually four times a year. The Scientific Advisory Board is responsible for the approval of all proposals and of the selection of all nominees.