Number Theory Foundation

NTF has committed all its available funds, and as of May 2018 is making no further grants, except to continue the Selfridge Prize.

Number Theory Foundation

The Number Theory Foundation (NTF) is an organization whose aim is to collect donations from supporters of number theory and to disburse these donations to encourage research, purchase computing equipment connected with research, help sponsor appropriate conferences, and work to foster a spirit of cooperation and goodwill among the family of number theorists. The NTF does not seek to be the sole sponsor of projects, but rather to share in their support. Contributors of substantial donations to the NTF have the opportunity to decide which area or areas of number theory they wish to support and to specify how the support should be made: individuals, computational projects, conferences, or all of these.

Right now our supporters have directed available funds toward activities in computational and combinatorial number theory, and also toward general number theory conferences.

The NTF is at present a very small foundation and does not have the resources to singlehandly underwrite costly undertakings. We hope that grants from us can be used to help leverage support from other sources.

The NTF prefers that its conference grants be used for junior attendees who do not have other support, and that the grants be applied for and administered by the conference itself, not by individual participants.

The NTF is a non-profit public charity which holds its tax status through its association with the University of Illinois Foundation, Urbana, IL. Contributions to the NTF are fully tax deductible in the U.S. We hope soon to have a similar arrangement in Canada. Contributions may be made by a check to the Number Theory Foundation and sent in care of

Number Theory Foundation
Department of Mathematics
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

Phone: 603-646-3723
Fax: 603-646-1312

The following are members of the Board of the Number Theory Foundation:

Michael A. Bennett, University of British Columbia
Richard Blecksmith (Secretary), Northern Illinois University
John D. Brillhart, University of Arizona
Brian Conrey, American Institute of Mathematics
Chantal David, Concordia University
Harold G. Diamond (Vice President), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Edward F. Ewald (ex-officio), University of Illinois Foundation
Kevin Ford, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ronald L. Graham, University of California at San Diego
Richard K. Guy (Emeritus) , University of Calgary
Carl Pomerance (President), Dartmouth College
Bruce Reznick, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Andrew Sutherland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Samuel S. Wagstaff Jr., Purdue University
Hugh C. Williams, University of Calgary


Application Procedure

All applications for funding from the NTF should be accompanied by a brief summary of the project and an outline of the budget. This information should not exceed one page in length and should be submitted by email to

All applications will be reviewed by the Board of Directors. Quick funding decisions may be made on requests not exceeding $500.00.

Applicants requesting over $500.00 whose project the Board judges to be of sufficient interest will be invited to submit a more detailed funding proposal. This second application, which also should be submitted electronically, must, where applicable, contain the following information.

Personal Data

  • Name, Position, and Address of applicant
  • Employment record over the last three years
  • List of up to three refereed publications most relevant to the application
  • Grants and contracts currently held and applied for
  • Number of graduate students supervised (and degrees awarded) over the past three years
  • Major awards


  • A short summary of the proposal
  • A detailed budget, including explanations of line items, description of cost sharing (where appropriate) and additional sources of funding
  • A detailed description of the project, which, according to the nature of the request, should include the following information

For Conference Support

  • Theme of conference
  • Length of conference
  • Estimated number of attendees
  • Invited speakers, indicating those who have committed to attend
  • Details on other sources of support sought
  • List of recent conferences having related themes


Selected Past Grants

NTF was a partial sponsor of the following meetings and events:

  • University of Illinois Special Year in Number Theory (1999-2000)
  • Millennial Conference in Number Theory, May 2000
  • Canadian Number Theory Association (many recent meetings)
  • West Coast Coast Number Theory Conference
  • South Eastern Regional Meeting on Numbers (SERMON) (recent meetings)
  • Pacific Northwest Number Theory Conference (many recent meetings)
  • University of Florida Number Theory Meetings (recent meetings)
  • Maine/Quebec Number Theory Conference (recent meetings)
  • Combinatorial and Additive Number Theory (many recent meetings)
  • Selfridge Prize for the best paper presented at each year's ANTS conference
  • Journees Arithmetiques (many recent meetings)
  • Play authored by Andrew Granville. "MSI: Anatomy", 2009 (pdf of playbill)
  • Mid Atlantic Seminar On Numbers (many recent meetings)
  • CIMPA (many recent meetings)
  • Women In Numbers (many recent meetings)
  • Erdos 100 Conference, Budapest, July 2013
  • University of Illinois Bateman-Halberstam Conference, June 2014