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Mission and Activities

The Centre International de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées (CIMPA), founded in France in 1978, is a nonprofit organisation that promotes research in Mathematics in developing countries. Located in Nice, it is a UNESCO Category 2 centre and  is part of the Laboratoire d'Excellence CARMIN (Centres d'Accueil et de Rencontres Mathématiques Internationales). It benefits from the financial support of France, Norway, Spain and Switzerland.

CIMPA co-organises and sponsors numerous activities in developing countries, in all continents. Each activity is funded through a process of calls for proposals in one of the following categories:

  • CIMPA Schools: This is the historical activity of CIMPA, it focuses on areas where there is a real drive to develop mathematics and where there is a scope for a research project. Calls for proposals are launched every year to organise about twenty CIMPA Schools per year.
  • CIMPA Courses: This program consists in funding the organisation of research-level courses in mathematics within the geographic areas of activities of CIMPA (Africa, Central and South America, Asia). Every year, two calls for proposals are launched with deadlines in early January and early July. 
  • CIMPA Fellowships: CIMPA funds the participation of young mathematicians from developing countries to short-term thematic international programs organised by some of our partner institutions. A call for applications is opened for each program. 

CIMPA also strongly supports activities developed in close collaboration with continental mathematical unions, such as Schools in Parnership, the purpose of which is to introduce undergraduate and Master students to research in mathematics. For most of its activities, CIMPA works in partnership with other organisations with similar objectives, such as  the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the European Mathematical Society (EMS) and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP).