Mathematical Sciences Sponsorship Fund

The Elsevier Mathematical Sciences Sponsorship Fund has been started to support events and activities that benefit individuals and groups within the mathematical sciences.


2019 winners

Steve Miller

Steve Miller earned a BS in math and physics from Yale and a PhD in math from Princeton. He has advised over 300 students in research, written over 100 papers and 6 books, serves as an editor for numerous journals as well as an at-large senator for Phi Beta Kappa, and is an elected member of the Mt Greylock Regional School Committee.

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Abraham Lagat

Abraham Lagat is a professional statistician with over 7 years of experience in statistics and data management experience. He holds a BSc. in Applied Statistics with Computing and a MSc. In Applied Statistics from Moi University and JKUAT in Kenya, respectively.  He is currently a data manager in Health Systems Research Unit of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme.

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Olena Vaneeva

Olena Vaneeva was born in 1982 in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. In 2004 she received a Masters degree in mathematics from Dnipropetrovsk National University. In 2008, Olena got her Ph.D. at the Institute of Mathematics of NAS of Ukraine in Kyiv, where she is currently a Senior Researcher.

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Kenan Kergrene

My name is Kenan Kergrene and I am a postdoctoral researcher at INRIA (the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics) in Paris under the supervision of Martin Vohralík and Alexandre Ern. In 2018 I completed my PhD at Polytechnique Montreal under the supervision of Serge Prudhomme.

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Hernán Javier San Martín

My name is Hernán Javier San Martín and I am from Argentina. I realized my bachelor and PhD in mathematics at the National University of La Plata (UNLP).  I am actually a researcher at Conicet and Professor in the Department of Mathematic at UNLP.  My research area is algebraic logic, which is the branch of mathematical logic that studies logical systems by giving them a semantics based on some algebraic structures.

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Adriano de Cezaro

ADRIANO DE CEZARO is currently Associated Professor of Mathematics at the Institute of Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics of Federal University of Rio Grande, Brazil. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA) in 2010.

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Sandra Spiroff

Sandra Spiroff is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Mississippi, where she has worked since 2008. She earned her Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and currently holds a grant from the Simons Foundation.  She is the President of the University of Mississippi’s Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and the advisor/co-founder of the Department's Graduate Student Chapter of the American Mathematical Society.

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View the list of the 2018 winners


View the list of the 2017 winners


View the list of the 2016 winners


View the list of the 2015 winners


Application requirements and guidelines

The Elsevier Mathematical Sciences Sponsorship Fund supports events and activities that benefit individuals and groups within the mathematical sciences.

Proposals are welcome for single-year grants in amounts between US$500 and US$4,000.

This is an annual sponsorship, whereby an application needs to fall into at least one of three categories:

  • Young researchers - travel grants for conferences or workshops
  • Educational - educational activity aimed at promoting the mathematical sciences to young researchers, or educating the general public
  • Philanthropy - support for activities to advance mathematical sciences in developing nations

Submissions should be focused and well-defined, and address the following elements:

  • Objectives: Provide a description of the objectives and key activities of the program.
  • Goals and plan: A clear description of the program goals and implementation plan, including timeframe.
  • Budget: The total amount of the grant requested and justification for the requested amount, including a clear budget overview spreadsheet that indicates in as much detail as possible intended expenditures and other sources of funding, if any.
  • Organization and partnership: A description of the organization requesting the grant, confirmation of its status as a non-profit entity, and a listing of key officers and staff who will direct the implementation of the program. Description of key program partners, if any.
  • Impact: The significance of the program’s intended impact on the mathematical sciences research community or general public science, in that country or globally.

The sponsorship fund will not provide support for:

  • Conference Organizers (these will be dealt with separately and conference organizers should contact their Publishing contact about this)
  • Religious or political causes (including lobbying)
  • For-profit organizations
  • Purchase of computer equipment and mobile telephones

Incomplete proposals will not be reviewed and correspondence on decisions will not be entered into.

How to use the online application submission system

  • Log in to the submission system when you have prepared your application – enter your email address and the password you chose when you registered with the system.
  • You will be taken to a screen from which the submission process starts.  Please read the instructions on the screen carefully.
  • Submitting an application is a multi-step process. Each step asks several questions.  Some questions are marked “required” and you will not be able to complete the submission until these questions have been answered.
  • If you stop part way through the process, your submission will be held in temporary storage until you return later and complete all the questions.  When you log in again you can click on your incomplete application and resume submission.
  • You may wish to change your submission.  You can do this at any time up to the deadline (31st December 2019).
  • When you reach the final step and press “Finish” you will be sent an email confirming that your application has been received.
  • If you have any queries about the submission process or you want to withdraw an application, please contact the MSSF administrator.