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Doing Business As Name:University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Fadil Santosa
  • (612) 626-0528
  • Markus R Keel
Award Date:08/19/2010
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 20,500,145
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 20,536,085
  • FY 2011=$4,100,029
  • FY 2012=$4,135,969
  • FY 2014=$4,100,029
  • FY 2010=$4,100,029
  • FY 2013=$4,100,029
Start Date:09/01/2010
End Date:08/31/2016
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.049
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications
Federal Award ID Number:0931945
DUNS ID:555917996
Parent DUNS ID:117178941

Awardee Location

Street:200 OAK ST SE
Awardee Cong. District:05

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Street:200 OAK ST SE
Cong. District:05

Abstract at Time of Award

The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) is a research infrastructure for the mathematical sciences that focuses on interdisciplinary research. Its goal is to develop transformative mathematical research and to strengthen the workforce engaged in interdisciplinary research involving mathematics. The IMA also serves to provide mathematical expertise to academia, industry, and government, and to communicate the importance of mathematics to the public. The IMA accomplishes these goals through a variety of programs and activities. Its annual program draws a large and diverse community of scientists to the IMA's extremely collaborative environment. Long-term visitors and postdoctoral fellows form the intellectual anchor of the Institute. Shorter-term visitors come for week-long workshops organized by scientific leaders. The focus of an annual program is set either on an application where mathematics is poised to make important contributions, or on a branch of mathematics and its diverse applications. The IMA's annual program is complemented by a variety of thematically independent initiatives, including workshops on rapidly developing areas, outreach activities, and educational programs. The IMA vigorously seeks to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in its activities. The IMA is a national research institute which hosts scientific visitors from a variety of backgrounds at its Minneapolis location to conduct research in a highly collaborative environment. These visitors include postdoctoral fellows and established researchers who spend extended periods, as well as those that participate for short programs. The annually changing research focus draws these participants to the Institute. The IMA offers educational and training programs for mathematical scientists at various stages of their careers. It sponsors scientific activities at its partner institutions' sites. IMA programs involve many branches of mathematics and address a wide range of applied disciplines. The IMA is a center for industrial mathematics that offers companies valuable resources through its programs and vast connections. The IMA's diverse programs address the US national needs and positively impact on the nation's economic competitiveness. The institute is a mathematical sciences infrastructure that contributes to the health, prosperity, and security of the nation.

Project Outcomes Report


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The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) is an NSF Mathematical Sciences Research Institute located at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  The mission of the institute is to connect scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in order to address scientific and technological challenges in a collaborative, engaging environment, developing transformative, new mathematics and exploring its applications, while training the next generation of researchers and educators. The IMA utilizes many strategies and mechanisms to realize these goals, from hosting a variety of thematic workshops to providing a think tank-like environment for faculty, postdoctoral fellow, and graduates students to collaborate on cutting-edge research to activities designed to engage K-12 students and the general public. 

The institute’s activities are designed annually based a particular field of research, or “thematic program” devoted either to a major subdiscipline of mathematics and its interdisciplinary connections, or to a broad area of application and the supporting or related science and/or engineering fields. The program, is comprised of workshops, seminars, visiting faculty and other researchers, and postdoctoral fellows. The themes of the programs are broad and timely and aim to advance mathematical research, generate new opportunities, and create lasting impacts in various application areas. The themes of the last six annual programs ranged from high performance computing to data science to networks. Interspersed among the annual program events are other activities focused on emerging research areas of importance to industry, educational programs, and professional development programs for young scientists, in particular underrepresented groups and women in mathematical sciences.

The IMA is a partner to more than 30 academic institutions, a dozen industrial corporations and three national laboratories, creating opportunities to stimulate the flow of interesting and relevant problems from academia to industrial to government research. Many special workshops are designed to provide a forum for these partner institutions to share technology and methods and to describe challenges and research directions.

More than 6,000 faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and industrial scientists visited the IMA over the course of the last six years to participate in these activities and programs. Since 2010, the IMA has trained 62 postdoctoral fellows, many who have gone on to faculty positions in prominent U.S. and international universities, as well as scientists in leading industries and government laboratories.

The IMA efforts extend outside the university to the general public and K-12 students, as well, in order to give a better understanding of how contemporary mathematical ideas can be applied to important technological and scientific problems. The IMA Public Lecture series has featured distinguished mathematicians and scientists presenting the role of mathematics in understanding our world and shaping our lives. Additional outreach activities included participating in science events for grade school students, camps for high school students, and an interactive exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

The IMA’s activities are well-documented and provide a resource for researchers and the general public. Written reports from the 2010-2015 annual thematic programs are available through the five books published as part of the IMA Volumes in Mathematics and its Applications, published by Springer-Verlag. Videos of nearly all lectures and the accompanying slides are available on the IMA website.

The lasting and sustaining impact of the IMA is seen in the creation of new research communities, in careers launched, in new connections between basic academic research and product development, and in an engaged general public. As a vital component of the mathematical sciences infrastructure in the United States, the IMA is pleased to contribute to advancing the health, prosperity, and security of the nation.

Last Modified: 12/22/2016
Modified by: Fadil Santosa

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