About the Math Institutes

Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes are national resources that aim to advance research in the mathematical sciences through programs supporting discovery and dissemination of knowledge in mathematics and statistics and enhancing connections to related fields in which the mathematical sciences can play important roles. Institute activities help focus the attention of some of the best mathematical minds on problems of particular importance and timeliness. Institutes are also community resources that involve a broad segment of U.S.-based mathematical sciences researchers in their activities. The goals of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes program include advancing research in the mathematical sciences, increasing the impact of the mathematical sciences in other disciplines, and expanding the talent base engaged in mathematical research in the United States.

Since establishing the first two institutes in 1980, the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) of the National Science Foundation has grown its Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes portfolio; it now supports eight U.S.-based institutes, each with a unique scientific focus.

The number of institutes expanded as a result of multiple open-funding competitions, a process that now occurs every 5-years. The level of support varies among the institutes and many secure funding beyond what is provided by the DMS.


Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes are large-scale projects that collectively have several important impacts:

Find out more about each math institute.