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Conference Support Program

This program gives partial support to Mathematical Science based conferences organized in developing countries.

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.

Upcoming Deadlines

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

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

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

  1. The conference must be related to, if not in, the field of mathematical sciences
  2. The conference must address either a regional or an international audience and should benefit mathematicians from neighboring countries
  3. The selection committee specifically considers only conferences at a research level and cannot support schools or activities which involve professional training
  4. The conference take place in a developing country. In exceptional cases, conferences taking place in developed countries inviting mathematicians from developing countries may also be accepted. In these instances, conference organizers must match the awarded amount from IMU-CDC with an equivalent amount of funding from other sources to support mathematicians from developing countries.

Conference Support Plus

Due to the pandemic, CDC is aware that mathematicians around the world may need extra help to reactivate their activities. It has been approved that the GSC can award, once per year, up to 10,000 Euros for a conference which is particularly important for bringing mathematicians back together and promoting international collaborations.

This award will be decided together with the October calls.


October 1st, 2021



  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.1
  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).
  6. The application must justify the relevance of the conference for participating mathematicians from developing countries

1Except for applications for Conference Support Plus

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 1,500 EUR - 3,500 EUR.1
  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.

1Except for applications for Conference Support Plus


  • If you do not receive an automated reply after submitting the application, let us know via
  • Applications must be sent at least four months before the start of the visit
  • The conference must be relevant to mathematicians participating from developing countries
  • Should the conference be postponed/canceled, grantees and applicants are obliged to inform the IMU-CDC as soon as possible


Supported Conferences