IMA receives $19.5M NSF grant

The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) has received the largest single math research grant ever made by the National Science Foundation (NSF): $19.5 million over five years. The IMA, a research center within IT, is now the nation's top math institute in terms of funding.

Founded in 1982, the IMA brings together mathematicians and experts in a wide range of disciplines to solve important scientific, technological, and social problems. With no permanent faculty, the IMA involves more than 1,000 people each year who focus on a thematic program selected by a national board. In 2005-06 the IMA will study imaging.

According to mathematics professor Douglas Arnold, IMA director, the grant money will be used partly to bring in leading researchers for longer periods of time.