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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 working for the development of mathematics research in developing countries. Located in Nice, it is a UNESCO category 2 centre, it is part of Laboratoire d'Excellence CARMIN (Centres d'Accueil et de Rencontres Mathématiques Internationales) and it benefits from the financial support of France, Norway, Spain and Switzerland. Each year, CIMPA co-organises and sponsors numerous activities in developing countries across all continents. Each of those activities is awarded through a call for proposals process within one of the following categories:

  • CIMPA Research 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 research schools per year.
  • Support for Training in Research: This program consists in funding the organisation of a series 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. 
  • Short-Term Thematic Programs: 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. 

Other actions strongly supported by CIMPA include activities developed in close collaboration with continental mathematical unions such as the Schools in Parnership whose purpose is to introduce undergraduate and master students to the research in mathematics. For most of its activities, CIMPA works in partnership with other bodies with similar objectives like the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the European Mathematical Society (EMS) and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP).