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Conference Support Program

This program gives partial support to Mathematical Science based conferences organized in developing or economically disadvantaged countries (CDC Definition).

In a few cases the program also supports a few international conferences in developed countries in order to invite mathematicians from developing countries. 

In both cases the CDC Conference Grant can only be used to cover travel and accommodation cost for invited speakers and participants from developing countries.

The Grant Selection Committee (GSC) consists of the CDC Secretary for Grants Selection as Chair and has seven other members.

This program is administered by IMU-CDC and partially supported by the Niels Henrik Abel Board.

Deadlines (for completed applications)

Completed applications must be sent by the conference organizers at least four (4) months before the conference will start

  • January 15th, 2021 for conferences starting after May 15th, 2021 (Decisions will be made by March 15th, 2021)
  • April 15th, 2021 for conferences starting after August 15th, 2021 (Decisions will be made by June 15th, 2021)
  • July 15th, 2021 for conferences starting after November 15th, 2021 (Decisions will be made by September 15th, 2021)
  • October 1st, 2021 for conferences starting after February 1st, 2022 (Decisions will be made by November 15th, 2021)

If your application is not completed by the deadline, it cannot be considered for evaluation.
Please send your application at least one week in advance so it can be checked.

For all applicants applying for CDC funding for activities scheduled between from now until the end of 2021:
Please note that we will request a confirmation letter from the head of department (where the activity is supposed to be held) confirming the dates of the planned activity.
Please also check if there are any travel warnings for specific countries before you apply for CDC funding.

Eligibility criteria/ Requirements

1. The conference must be in a Mathematical Sciences field or a related one

2. The conference must address either a Regional or an International audience. They should benefit mathematicians from neighboring countries as well.

3. The selection committee specifically considers only those conferences at a Research level and CANNOT support schools or activities which involve professional training.

4. The conference must be based (place of work) in a developing country.

CDC classifies the Developing Countries according to the World Bank Database (most recent year 2018).

5. In exceptional cases, conferences conducted by developed countries inviting mathematicians from developing or economically disadvantaged countries can be accepted.

Categories for Conference Support

Category A- Conference Support in Developing Countries

The list of Developing Countries includes all the countries classified by the World Bank in the categories: Low income, Lower middle income, and Upper middle income in accordance with the World Bank Database updates of July 2019. It includes all countries with Gross National Income (GNI) per capita in USD, not exceeding USD 12,375, with the World Bank data of 2018.

These conferences fall under the category of 'Key Support'.

Category B- Conference Support in Developed Countries

The CDC also supports annually a few major international conferences occurring in developed countries (countries with a Gross National Income per capita (GNI) greater than 12,375 USD).

This is possible only when the international conferences invite mathematicians from developing and economically disadvantaged countries and if the money granted by CDC is specifically used for supporting them.

Organizers of category B conferences are additionally required to prove that they will match the funds requested from CDC with an equal amount from other sources which must also be dedicated to supporting conference participation by mathematicians from developing countries.

Application Procedure

1. Completed applications must be sent by the conference organizers at least four (4) months before the conference starts.

2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) of BOTH conference organizers must be submitted. It must include a selected list of publications. (Max. 3 pages)

3. Budget details must be included. It should be a detailed draft of the approximate spending (see 'Grant details' below for an overview of what is covered). The applicant CANNOT apply for more than 4,000 EUR. 

4. The application form must include a list of invited speakers (Name-University-Country). Please specify those who have accepted the invite.

5. The application form must also include a detailed scientific program (which includes details of how the conference will be organized: plenary lectures, parallel sessions, etc).

Grant details

  1. The maximum amount that is awarded is 4,000 EUR. In case the funds are granted they are usually in the range of 1,000 EUR - 3,500 EUR.
  2. The funds must be used to cover travel and accommodation costs of invited speakers or participants coming from developing countries only. In consideration of the Covid-19 pandemic, applications can include expenses for the acquisition of material or payment of services to conduct activities entirely or partially in online format.
  3. The CDC cannot be expected to provide the main share of financial support; an overall conference budget has to be included with the application.
  4. This grant cannot support travel costs to attend workshops or conferences.

Please note

  • If you do not receive an automated reply after submitting the application, let us know via
  • Applications must be sent at least five months before the start of the visit.
  • The conference must be relevant to mathematicians participating from developing countries.
  • The application form can be found here.
  • If for some reason the visit is postponed/ canceled, you must inform us well in advance.


Supported conferences