RIM intends, by reason of its conception and constitution, to be mainly a pure research institute. The Education Mission Statement of RIM is to conduct and supervise pure mathematical research and grant PhD to doctoral candidates, RIM has been the only institution in the state of Maine authorized by the state government of Maine to grant Ph.D.'s in mathematics. To publish mathematical research and manographs. To advance the field of mathematical research. RIM'S goal is to develop along the lines of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ.
RIM is an independent research institute, certified by the State of Maine as a non-profit corporation in 1986. The corporation has a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Administrator and such other officers as the Board of Directors may appoint and the President is the Chief Executive Officer of the corporation. The corporation is an Equal Opportunity Higher Education Research Institute.
RIM's privatization structure is determined not to be carried off in the traditional maelstrom of immense university overheads generated by social and sports entertainments and multiple layered corporational bureaucracies by being very small, plastic and a highly specialized seat of learning.