Collaborations with Developing Countries - Scheme 5

Objectives:  The grant is to support a visit for collaborative research, either by the grant holder to a developing country (as defined by the IMU Commission for Developing Countries (see where mathematics could be considered to be in a disadvantaged position, or by a named mathematician from an aforementioned country in which mathematics could be considered to be in a disadvantaged position, to the home base of the grant holder.

Applicants unsure if the proposed country is eligible under a Scheme 5 grant should contact the Grants Team. Applicants will be expected to explain in their application why the selected country fits the circumstances considered eligible for Scheme 5 funding. For other visits, a Scheme 2 or Scheme 4 grant may be more appropriate.


  • The applicant should be a mathematician based in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.
  • Non LMS members will need to ask an LMS member to counter-sign their application.


  • Applicants are responsible for making all the arrangements for the visit.
  • The grant is intended to support collaborative research or academic activities that will benefit the country concerned. 
  • Visits to the UK are expected to be at least 14 days. 
  • If the visit includes attending a conference, it must include other academic activities which would justify the grant, and it should be for a period of 14 days in addition to any time spent at the conference.
  • If the visit includes attending a conference, the grant cannot be used to cover any expenses incurred during the period of the conference.

Value of award

For visits to the UK, the maximum award is £3,000 towards actual expenses for:

  • Travel (international and within the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands)
  • Accommodation and subsistence (maximum of £2,000, with a limit of £100 per day).

For visits from the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, the maximum award is £2,000 towards actual expenses for travel, accommodation and subsistence.

In addition, the Society allows an additional amount (of up to £200) to cover Caring Costs for those who have dependents.

Deadlines and decision timetable:

Applications should be submitted well in advance of the date of the visit.

Application Deadline

Decision Date

Earliest Start Date of Visit

15 September



22 January

February / March


15 May



  • Please note that applications will not be considered between mid-June and mid-October.
  • Grants will not be made retrospectively.

Queries regarding applications can be addressed to the Grants Administrator or the Chair of the Research Grants Committee (RGC) who will be pleased to discuss proposals informally with potential applicants and give advice on the submission of an application.

Grants Administrator:  Lucy Covington Email: 

Chair of the Research Grants Committee (RGC)Professor Andrew S. Dancer

Application Form:

To submit an application, you must be logged into your user account or registered as a user.

Other sources of funding:

Information about other funding offered by other organisations can be found here.

LMS Caring Costs Policy 

The LMS wishes to enable carers and parents to take part in the activities that it supports. Applicants for grants across Schemes 1-9, for Early Career Research activities or who will run Society Meetings can request funding to help mathematicians with caring or parenting responsibilities to participate in their activities. In addition, individuals requiring support for caring to attend conferences, workshops, research schools and meetings or to make research visits - not necessarily organised by LMS - can apply for a Caring Supplementary Grant to contribute to such costs.   

The Policy is available here