Objectives: To provide support for Research Workshops held in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
Eligibility: Grant applicants should be a mathematician based in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands at the time of application and when the workshop is planned. Please note that should a grant holder leave the UK before the planned workshop then the grant will be withdrawn. There is the possibility of the grant being transferred to a co-organiser who is still based in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, with the agreement of the Research Grants Committee Chair.
Please note that PhD students are not eligible to apply for a Research Workshop grant but can apply to the Postgraduate Conference Grant Scheme to support conference organised by PhD students for PhD students.
Please note that only one grant, per Scheme, per person, per LMS financial year (1 August - 31 July) is allowed.
- Research Workshops are an opportunity for a small group of active researchers to work together for a concentrated period on a specialised topic.
- Possible aims could be:
- to understand an important new piece of mathematics in an area where the participants hope to make further progress;
- to make progress on a particular problem;
- to combine expertise to shed new light on a specific area.
- The primary purpose of the scheme is to support new research initiatives rather than meetings which form part of an established series. Grant requests for conferences should made via a Conference Grant (Scheme 1) application.
- There is no prescribed format for an LMS workshop, but it is expected that the number of participants will be no more than 40, and could be as low as 10, meeting for a period of several days.
- All participants should be actively involved in the programme; with the core group of mathematicians involved in the workshop listed. The participation of appropriate postdocs and graduate students is encouraged.
- Applicants must comply with the Society's policy on Women in Mathematics - please note that the Society considers a lack of invited women speakers to be a very real problem, and a failure to include women speakers are grounds for refusal for funding.
- Additionally, please note the following advice on diversity at conferences/workshops/seminars.
Value of award: The Committee will consider applications ranging from £1,000 - £4,000. Typically awards made are between £3,000 - £4,000. In exceptional circumstances the Committee might consider applications for award of up to £10,000
The life of an LMS Grant is two financial years (1 August - 31 July). All awarded grants need to be claimed no later than the 31 July in the second year of the grant, i.e., if a grant is awarded in the 2023/24 financial year, the grant will need to be claimed by the 31 July 2026. Any grants that have not been claimed within the two-year period will be withdrawn.
Deadlines: Applications can be made at any time but should normally be submitted at least 6 months before the proposed workshop. Support will only be offered if it felt that the benefits to UK mathematics are likely to be significant.
Applications and queries: Applications should be made via email to the Chair of the Research Grants Committee, Professor Amanda Turner (email@example.com), at any time.
There is no application form. Proposals in PDF or Word format should contain:
- a description of the research area,
- the aims and format of the workshop,
- a list of main participants and a budget,
- details of proposed location and timing.
Applications will be reviewed by the Research Grants Committee.
Applicants may consult Professor Amanda Turner (firstname.lastname@example.org) informally about their proposed workshop before making an application.
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.
“The Glasgow Late August Symbolic Dynamics, Groups, and Operators Workshop was a great success. The support of the LMS Scheme 6 Grant allowed us to invite international leading experts on the interactions between dynamical systems, group theory, and operator algebras, which was crucial for our workshop.” – Dr Chris Bruce, Glasgow
“The workshop ‘on affine and overlapping iterated function systems’ was one of the first post COVID in person meetings in the area and so very valuable to the community. The flexible nature of the funding meant we were able to invite a good range of participants allowed several PhD students to attend and the speed talk sessions were some of the highlights of the workshop. For anyone wanting to organise a small, focused workshop the LMS scheme 6 grant seems ideal, in particular it does not add unnecessary constraints and allows for the flexibility needed in organising such workshops”. – Dr Thomas Jordan, University of Bristol