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Some math institutes offer programs in which a small number of researchers are enabled to meet at the institute for a week or more. A list seemed as if it could be useful.

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As far as I know, the "Research in Pairs" program appeared first and still exists in the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach. See http://www.mfo.de/

As for the list of such possibilities, one can look through the list of all institutes of this kind: http://www.math.psu.edu/MathLists/institutes.php

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Another list of institutes is at fields.utoronto.ca/aboutus/IMSI.html (copied from an answer to a different question on MathOverflow by Brian Borchers); some institutes appear on one list, some on the other, some on both, and some on neither. I expect the list of institutes that I am looking for is quite a bit shorter. –  Hugh Thomas Apr 23 '11 at 9:29
Oberwolfach recommends applying about six months in advance; a visit can run from two weeks to three months. –  Hugh Thomas Jul 15 '11 at 18:35

BIRS in Banff, Alberta, Canada, offers "research in teams" (2-4 people, 1-2 weeks) and "focussed research groups" (up to eight researchers, 1-2 weeks).

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According to their website, the "preferred" time to apply (for research in pairs in 2013) is September 30, 2011. However, applications are accepted until four months prior to the desired time. –  Hugh Thomas Jun 17 '11 at 14:35

The Hausdorff Institute in Bonn (http://www.hausdorff-research-institute.uni-bonn.de/index) offer research in small groups of size at least 3.

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In France:

a. Institut Henri Poincaré (Paris)

'Research in Paris' (yes, Paris not pairs)

http://www.ihp.fr/en (under "Activities" one will find "Research in Paris")

b. CIRM (Marseille/Luminy)

'Recherche en binôme'

http://www.cirm.univ-mrs.fr/index.html/ (under "Events" / "Les rencontres" one will find "research in pairs" / "recherche en binôme")

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I've also had occasion in the past to play with "Paris --> Pairs" :-) –  Suvrit May 19 '13 at 6:21

The American Institute of Mathematics in Palo Alto has a nice program for collaborations:


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This is a little bit off the beaten path, and definitely not for all personalities, but the high school summer program Canada/USA Mathcamp has a Research in Pairs program (details here) for which we're happy to receive unsolicited applications. In brief: collaborators visit the program, teach 1 hr/day (on whatever they'd like) to very very bright high school students, and spend the rest of their time on their research program.

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RIMS Kyoto says (in Japanese) they host at least two for 1-2 weeks collaboration http://www.kurims.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/research-01.html

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The Mittag-Leffler institute near Stockholm has another RIP (this time it stands for "Research in peace") programme.

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The CIRM in Trento (Italy) has a Research in pairs program (for 2-3 people, 1-6 weeks):


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The International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS) in Edinburgh (Scotland) offers Research in Groups. This institute is associated to the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University.

There’s more information on the linked page, but the gist of it is this:

  • 2-4 researchers wishing to organise a short, intensive period of research in Edinburgh
  • 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

There are three deadlines for submitting a Research-in-Groups proposal each year: 30 April, 30 August and 30 December.

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