Many of you have shared your concerns that NSF will be sunsetting funding for the Institute for Math and its Applications (IMA) and the Math Biology Institute (MBI, potentially to be continued through joint funding with the Biological Sciences Directorate). As current and immediate past presidents of SIAM, we share your concern. The Division of Mathematical Sciences has faced a difficult budget period and made decisions on these institutes after a thorough review process. Other institutes under review—including MSRI, IPAM, and ICERM—appear to have been recommended for renewal. NSF cannot share additional information until the review process has been completed, but we hope that NSF will eventually provide information on their vision for the institutes and clear policies concerning their longevity and metrics for success. We also recognize the strong role IMA and MBI play in anchoring applied mathematics in the midwest and connecting the community to industry, and hope that NSF will think thoughtfully about how to maintain these functions even as funding for these institutes is ended. We look forward to hearing from NSF regarding future support of the applied math community in light of these divestments.
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|| Pam Cook is Unidel Professor of Mathematics, Associate Dean of Engineering, and professor of chemical engineering at the University of Delaware. She is the current president of SIAM.