Resources for Research Networks

The role of AWM is to both help you start with an Research Collaboration Conferences for Women (RCCW) and to organize a series of follow-up events and infrastructure to help grow and sustain long-lasting research networks. We also can offer support with your NSF and institute proposals, including matching you with AWM members who have had successful grants in the past.

Email the Research Network Coordinator to get in touch with us!

Check out the list of Past RCCWs for the full list of past workshops supported by AWM.

How Do I Start a New Research Network?

Most AWM Research Networks are launched at Research Collaboration Conferences for Women (RCCWs), week-long conferences held at mathematics institutes where junior and senior women come together to work on pre-defined research projects.  The AWM provides mentorship and support to new networks wishing to organize an RCCW including help finding a conference venue, developing and submitting a conference proposal, and soliciting travel funding for participants. Interdisciplinary proposals and proposals that bring together researchers from traditionally underrepresented populations are especially encouraged.

Mathematicians interested in organizing the first conference of a new RCCW should:

  1. Read the How To Launch A Research Network document.
  2. Submit a one-page proposal to the AWM describing the conference topic, potential co-organizers and project leaders, and potential participants. Send the PDF of your proposal to rncoordinator@awm-math.org.

Funding Sources

AWM encourages the organizers of RCCWs to fund their workshops through conference grants as much as possible. A small amount of supplemental funding from AWM is available to support (especially to support new RNs and those with a significant number of participants from underrepresented groups): apply via this googleForm.

AWM Travel Grants  support both travel to domestic or foreign research conferences. Deadlines: February 15, May 15, and October 1.

Small Follow-up Group Events

AWM-BIRS Partnership: AWM and Banff International Research Station (BIRS) together will sponsor small group follow-ons to the Women in X conferences proposed by women who have multiple intersectional identities. These include, but need not be limited to, women from BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) communities, women with visible or invisible disabilities, women who are neuro-diverse, gender-diverse or gender fluid. AWM will provide travel funding for these groups, and BIRS will provide research space and lodging through its Focused Research Groups and Research in Teams programs.

SLMath Summer Research in Mathematics (SRiM)  provides space, funding, and the opportunity for in-person collaboration to small groups of mathematicians, including women and gender-expansive individuals, whose ongoing research may have been disproportionately affected by various obstacles including family obligations, professional isolation, or access to funding. Through this effort, SLMath aims to mitigate the obstacles faced by these groups, improve the odds of research project completion, and deepen their research experience.

  • Groups of two to six mathematicians with partial results on an established project may submit an application to the program.
  • Deadline: Priority deadline is October 8, with applications accepted after on a rolling basis.

Host Institutions for RCCWs

AIM SQuaREs

Proposal deadline: November 1

AIM’s SQuaREs program allows a dedicated group of four to six mathematicians to pursue an ambitious research program. The group spends a week  (Monday—Friday) at AIM’s facility in Pasadena, California collaborating on specific research goals. Members of a SQuaRE may have an existing collaboration from an AIM workshop or similar activity, or the SQuaRE may provide an opportunity for a new collaboration to grow.

AIM provides the research facilities and the financial support for each member of the group, and the group may return in future years to continue their collaboration. Each group will be supported for up to three meetings over three consecutive years.

We solicit proposals for SQuaREs in all areas of pure and applied mathematics. AIM has a goal of increasing the participation of women, minorities, junior researchers, and faculty from primarily undergraduate institutions, and priority will be given to proposals which align with these goals. In addition, it is required that a majority of participants are from North America, with at least one from the US.

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Bernoulli Center Short-term Scientific Programs

The Bernoulli Center for Fundamental Studies’ mission is to advance fundamental research in a collaborative environment… [including]… Short-term scientific programs that promote the collaboration of researchers at EPFL and nearby institutions with periodic events and workshops.

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Focused Research Groups

Proposals for Focused Research Groups must be received a minimum of 4 months before the proposed start of the event.

Focused Research Groups are only offered at the BIRS facility in Banff, Alberta.

The Focused Research Groups program offers teams of up to 8 researchers the opportunity to live and work at the BIRS facility for periods of 1 to 2 weeks, in order to concentrate on their research, or to finish major projects.

Dates: Organizers may suggest any Sunday-to-Sunday period of 1 to 2 weeks from mid-January to early December of the current or following year

Research in Teams

Proposals for Research in Teams events must be received a minimum of 4 months before the proposed start of the event.

Research in Teams are only offered at the BIRS facility in Banff, Alberta.

The Research in Teams program offers teams of 2 to 4 researchers the opportunity to live and work at the BIRS facility for periods of 1 to 2 weeks, in order to concentrate on their research or finish major projects. Research in Teams events run Sunday to Sunday.

Dates: Organizers may suggest any Sunday-to-Sunday period of 1 to 2 weeks from mid-January to early December of the current or following year.

5 Day Workshops

5-Day Workshops are offered at the BIRS facility in the Banff Centre (Banff, Canada), as well as at the BIRS partner stations: Casa Matemática (Oaxaca, Mexico)BIRS UBCO (Kelowna, Canada), the Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics (Hangzhou, China), the Instituto De Matemáticas (Grenada, Spain), and the Chennai Mathematical Institute (Chennai, India).

The 5-Day Workshop is the main program format of BIRS. Workshops run Monday through Friday (arrival Sunday afternoon, departure Friday noon). The intended format is for participants, who are experts, to come together to exchange the latest developments and ideas in their areas; to foster new collaborations and new interdisciplinary interactions; and to provide a forum for vigorous research-oriented discussions. In general, workshops are not conferences.

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CAMGSD at Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon, Portugal)

It is a goal of the Centre to invest in the development of research and post-graduate training in these areas through postdoctoral and visiting faculty appointments, as well as fellowships and assistantships for graduate students, and the conditions for research activities of its members at high international level. The Centre’s activities include a postdoctoral training program; a visitors program; weekly seminars; workshops; tutorials and summer schools targeted at advanced PhD students and post-doctoral fellows.

CAMGSD Contacts

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CIRM Workshops

Proposals can be made at any time of the year.

Workshops welcome 3 to 50 people and are externally funded. The cost of a week’s full board at Cirm for one participant is approximately 550 euros.
Organisers will benefit from CIRM and its team, its communication resources, its hotel infrastructure and its support to plan their events with peace of mind.

They allow teams to focus on a particular area or problem. They also allow for follow-up sessions after a larger event or even to celebrate a special event.

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Workshops

Previously, RCCWs contacted the staff directly and were able to be fit in between the summer and fall trimesters, but as of December 2023, it seems like they won’t be doing that anymore.

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IAS Summer Collaborators Program

Application Deadline: December 1

The School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study invites applications from collaborators who would like to meet during the summer months to further their research project.

Thanks to a generous grant from the National Science Foundation, we provide travel funds, local housing, per diem, office space, and excellent library and computer facilities for up to six small groups (of 2-5 people each, all having PhDs) for periods of 2 to 4 weeks during the summer (between June 1 – July 31). Our campus is located in Princeton, New Jersey, about an hour from New York City and Philadelphia.

Women+ and Mathematics

The Womenand Mathematics Program (W+AM) at the Institute for Advanced Study has been an annual program since 1994 with the mission to recruit and retain more women in mathematics. W+AMaims to counter the imbalance of those entering mathematics training as well as the higher attrition rate of female and underrepresented groups of mathematicians at every critical transition stage in mathematical careers. W+AMencourages mathematicians to form collaborative research relationships and to become active in a vertical mentoring network spanning a continuum from undergraduates to emeriti professors, which provides support and reduces the sense of isolation experienced by many underrepresented groups in mathematics. While there are a number of programs targeted solely at undergraduates, or graduate students, or postdocs, very few programs provide the depth and breadth that come from simultaneously including features tailored for undergraduate students, graduate students, and researchers from a broad spectrum of US institutions, all in one united community of scholars, as W+AM does.

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Collaborate@ICERM

Annual target deadlines are October 1st and May 1st.

Collaborate@ICERM offers teams of 3-6 researchers the opportunity to spend five days at the institute during the summer (May-August) or in the month of January.

The team research project should have a computational or experimental component. ICERM provides access to a variety of software packages as well as to high performance computing through Brown’s Center for Computation and Visualization.

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Research-in-Groups (RIGs)

Submission deadlines: 1st February, 1st May, 1st September, 1st November each year.

This ICMS programme invites applications from small groups of researchers (between two and six) who wish to organise a short, intensive period of research in Edinburgh, typically between two and four weeks. We are happy to be flexible and will consider other combinations or lengths of visit: please ask. At least one researcher must be based in the UK. Not all researchers should be from the same university with a maximum of two researchers from any one university.

The programme will enable researchers to spend time in intensive research collaboration at ICMS, away from teaching and administration. The primary aim is to support top-quality (international) research in the mathematical sciences and therefore ICMS encourages adventurous proposals involving novel groupings of researchers, especially in interdisciplinary areas involving international collaborators. We welcome applications from mid-career researchers, and particularly those who have had interruptions in their research careers, for example through a heavy administrative burden or caring responsibilities.

ICMS can host Research-in-Groups visits in Edinburgh all year round except for August.

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Research in Paris

Submission deadline: October 15

In the tradition of the Research In Pairs programme in Oberwolfach and the Research In Peace programme at the Mittag-Leffler Institute, this programme is ideal for developing or finalising a project with a small group of collaborators (two to four people) who are geographically distant and can gather at IHP over a period of one to six weeks.

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IMA

Cultivating communities engaged in transdisciplinary mathematics at the intersection of academia, industry, and government.

[Coming soon!]

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IPAM Workshops

Exploratory workshop applications are accepted throughout the year.

Exploratory workshops are typically two or three days in length. These workshops focus on a hot topic of emerging interest. They are organized in just 6-12 months and may be considered by the Science Advisory Board at any time.

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Workshops at the Lorentz Center

Deadlines: Workshop proposals can be submitted three times per year: 30 January, 30 May and 30 September. Workshops will be planned in the period 8-15 months after the deadline.

Lorentz Center workshops are meetings where researchers meet to discuss and work together on scientific developments, ideas and plans in an open and interactive atmosphere. The focus is on what you do not know yet, what you want to know and how to get there.
Lorentz Center workshops…

  • have ample time for active discussions and informal interactions
  • allow participants and organizers to focus on the scientific content
  • can be mono- as well as multidisciplinary
  • have a limited number of participants: all participants get to know each other during the meeting
  • endorse active participation of early career researchers (think of participants who have obtained their Ph.D. less than 5 years ago or are currently working towards it)
  • stimulate diversity in all aspects
  • take place in an informal environment
  • are financially, practically and scientifically supported by the Lorentz Center

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MBI at The Ohio State University

The Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) is an institution of higher learning affiliated with the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. MBI receives major funding from the National Science Foundation. The institute offers a vigorous program of research and education, and fosters the growth of an international community of researchers in the mathematical biosciences.

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Mini-Workshops

Deadlines for proposals: July 31 and March 15. Workshops can take place during specific weeks in Sept, Nov, and Dec.

In addition to the traditional and well-established large Workshops of up to 48 participants, we offer the possibility of holding Mini-Workshops by bringing up to 16 people (including organisers) together for a week in Oberwolfach. Usually there are three parallel Mini-Workshops in one week. There are various ways in which this week can be used: it can be focused on a certain problem hoping that by joining forces a substantial break-through can be expected, or on learning particular interesting developments together.

The central goal is to stimulate new research. For this reason smaller groups are preferred. It is an emphasis of this program to give also junior researchers the opportunity to participate, and even to take the initiative in organizing a session.

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Guest Program

Note: MPIM Bonn does not have a formal research in teams program, however, one may write directly to one of the directors to propose one.

The Guest Program is the key concept distinguishing the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics from other Max Planck Institutes. Within the program mathematicians with a completed Ph.D. can work at the MPIM for a fixed period of time, ranging from weeks to several months. Young researches at the postdoctoral level can get in contact to established scientists, who enjoy staying at the MPIM for a sabbatical. The whole concept of the program is about stimulating the communication and the exchange of ideas within the mathematics community. Over the years a few thousand mathematicians have used this unique opportunity.

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Research Groups

(No deadlines listed.)

Since 2014, we have welcomed research groups to the Village, in order to provide them with a retreat where they can gather and focus on a research question.

Groups of researchers can apply as well as mathematicians that want to work closely with their PhD students for a time. Each research group should have a leader who is responsible for choosing who will participate in the group. We would like the groups to be as open as possible to other researchers and students who want to participate.

During their stay at the Village, we would like research groups to give a few lectures or seminars on the topic they are working on. The Mathematics Village will finance a few research groups every year, in return for acknowledgement in the ensuing publications. Other groups may want to arrange their own funding.

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NIMBioS

We are based at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, but our mission is to support research and researchers across the globe. Building on our history starting out an NSF Synthesis Center we are now operating as an independent Institute. We work to foster the collaborative and intellectual space that allows researchers, educators, students, and policy makers to come together and succeed at creative, ambitious, transdisciplinary efforts that each of us would struggle to accomplish on our own. We help researchers in mathematical biology to bring their spark of insight to fruition as a grant proposal, educational program, or new collaboration.

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SLMath Summer Research in Mathematics

Deadline: Priority deadline is October 8, with applications accepted after on a rolling basis.

SLMath’s Summer Research in Mathematics provides space, funding, and the opportunity for in-person collaboration to small groups of mathematicians, including women and gender-expansive individuals, whose ongoing research may have been disproportionately affected by various obstacles including family obligations, professional isolation, or access to funding. Through this effort, SLMath aims to mitigate the obstacles faced by these groups, improve the odds of research project completion, and deepen their research experience.

The ultimate goal of this program is to enhance the mathematical sciences as a whole by positively affecting the research and careers of all of its participants and assisting their efforts to maintain involvement in the research community.

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RCCWs at Universities

  • Australian National University (Canberra, Australia): WinCompTop 2019
  • Trier University (Trier, Germany): WiSh 2018
  • University of Michigan Center for Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics.  (Ann Arbor, MI, USA):  WIMM 2018 (Each program organizing committee should include at least one member of the UM Department of Mathematics and at least one member of another UM Department.)
  • University of California, Riverside (Riverside, California, USA): WAAM 2021
  • University of Leeds (Leeds, UK): WINART 2019
  • University of Memphis (Memphis, TN, USA): WinOT 2022

Other Locations for RCCWs

  • Near Yellowstone National Park, Ashton, ID, USA: WiGGD 2023
  • Rising Wolf Ranch, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA: WiGGD 2020