Boost for fundamental mathematical research with Simons Foundation Grant to MATRIX

MATRIX, Australia’s residential research institute for the mathematical sciences, has been awarded US$600,000 over three years in funding from the US based Simons Foundation through its Targeted Grants to Institutes program to support fundamental research in the mathematical sciences.

MATRIX is a national partnership between Monash University, the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University, with the University of Queensland and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers as Associate Members. The Simons Foundation was established by Jim Simons who is the founder of the hedge fund Renaissance Technologies which manages the world’s most successful investment fund Medallion.

MATRIX provides a central venue in regional Victoria where mathematical scientists can collaborate through residential research programs for several weeks. Research programs are designed so that researchers have ample unstructured time to stimulate discussions and out-of-the-box thinking required to make advances in critical and emerging fields within the mathematical sciences and its applications.

“Advances in mathematics and statistics drive progress and change the way we see the world. This international award is a recognition of the quality of mathematical sciences research in Australia and the value that MATRIX adds by facilitating collaborations that contribute to solutions for global problems,” said MATRIX Director Jan de Gier.

“By its very nature, the impact of mathematical problem solving tends to be long-term. Bringing brilliant and creative minds from across the globe together through residential research institutes is internationally recognised as the optimal way to deepen mathematical knowledge and stimulate innovative thinking on specific problems.”

“One can only imagine what may evolve by bringing world-leading mathematicians into the room with Australian students and innovators.”

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