The Centre International de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées (CIMPA) is an international organisation acting for the development of mathematical research in developing countries. Founded in France in 1978, CIMPA is based in Nice and is a UNESCO category 2 centre.
The bulk of its activities is the organisation of research schools. This task is focused on areas where there is a real drive to shine a spotlight on, or develop, mathematics, or where there is scope for a research project. Every year a call for proposals is launched to organise about twenty research schools lasting two weeks each in developing countries across all continents. Their purpose is to contribute to training by identifying new generations of mathematicians of both genders. They attract roughly 1400 participants each year.