From its beginning in 1982 the Institute has been primarily funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) with additional support from other government agencies, private foundations, and academic sponsors and corporate partners. Approximately 2,000 mathematical scientists visit MSRI each year, many for substantial periods.
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) is dedicated
to the advancement and communication of fundamental knowledge in mathematics and the mathematical sciences,
to the development of human capital for the growth and use of such knowledge, and
to the cultivation in the larger society of awareness and appreciation of the beauty, power and importance of mathematical ideas and ways of understanding the world.