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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item


## Background ##
> The Artificial Intelligence Journal (AIJ) is one of the longest 
> established and most respected journals in AI, and since it was 
> founded in 1970, it has published many of the key papers in the field. 
> The operation of the Editorial Board is supported financially through 
> an arrangement with AIJ?s publisher, Elsevier. Through this 
> arrangement, the AIJ editorial board is in the unique position of 
> being able to make available substantial funds, (of the order of 
> 175,000 Euros per annum), to support the promotion and dissemination 
> of AI research. These funds are made available through a series of 
> competitive open calls. This document relates to the fifth call for 
> funding, with a deadline of December 2, 2011.
> ## What are the goals of this funding? ##
> In providing this funding, AIJ aims to:
> * promote & raise awareness of AI research & practice;
> * encourage the timely and widespread dissemination of AI research 
> results, techniques, and tools;
> * promote interaction and exchange of ideas between AI researchers, 
> practitioners, and students;
> * promote the exploitation of AI research results, techniques, and 
> tools.
> We strongly encourage the submission of proposals for activities that 
> are fundamentally new, and likely to lead to the establishment of a 
> new research community or new direction for AI research.
> ## What activities will AIJ consider funding? ##
> Broadly speaking, any activity that achieves the goals described 
> above. For example:
> * student travel scholarships for a conference or workshop;
> * funds for an invited speaker to present at a conference or workshop;
> * funds to support a web site to disseminate proceedings of an AI 
> related conference or workshop;
> * start up funds for a workshop in a promising new area of research;
> * funding to organise a summer school on some aspect of AI.
> This list is absolutely not intended to be exhaustive, and we strongly 
> encourage you to consider innovative ways in which the goals set out 
> above can be achieved.
> ## What activities does AIJ prefer not to fund? ##
> * We prefer not to fund individuals. By preference, requests will come 
> from organisations such as a foundation, charitable body, or the 
> organising committee of an event. AIJ does not exclude the possibility 
> of funding individuals, but this is likely to be exceptional. Note 
> that AIJ will not support individual requests for travel funds.
> * We prefer not to fund research projects. Research projects involving 
> staffing costs would probably not, in our view, be a cost effective 
> use of the funds.
> * We won?t fund duplicate activities. For example, if there is already 
> an established, successful, and well-regarded conference in the area 
> of X, then in all likelihood we would not provide seed funds to set up 
> a duplicate, competitor conference.
> * We prefer not to fund activities where alternative sources of 
> funding are readily available.
> * Activities are funded on a not-for-private-profit basis.
> * AIJ will not fund activities that lead directly to profit for the 
> organisation or individuals involved. However, we recognise that with 
> some events, (e.g., large conferences) it is necessary to budget for a 
> surplus; in this case, proposals should describe what will happen to 
> the surplus.
> There is no hard and fast rule about how much you can ask for: you 
> should ask for what you need to make your activity successful. 
> However, here are some broad principles; as ever, these are only 
> guidelines. First, if you are applying on behalf of a large (> 80 
> participants), successful, and scientifically strong conference, then 
> please bear in mind that several such conferences applied for funding 
> for (e.g.) student travel grants and invited speakers in the December 
> 2009 round of AIJ funding, and typically received Euro 7000 each. 
> Although, as always, there may be exceptions to this, it may be 
> helpful to use this amount as a guideline. Note that we would be 
> reluctant to spend more than Euro 35K on an individual activity. 
> Proposals may include the possibility of AIJ underwriting an activity 
> (to an agreed limit) in the event of a loss. Finally, we urge you to 
> investigate whether it is possible to "leverage? AIJ funding, for 
> example by obtaining matched funding from elsewhere. In this case, the 
> value of every euro spent by AIJ is effectively doubled, which makes 
> for a compelling funding case.
> ## Important Note for Summer 2012 Events ##
> If you are seek funding for an event taking place in Summer 2012, then 
> you should apply for funding under *this* call.
> ## How can I bid for funds? ##
> A proposal should contain the following sections:
> * What? Describe exactly what activity funding is requested for.
> Please note that AIJ funds specific activities. For example, "we 
> request funds to support a conference on X? is not a specific request, 
> while "we request travel funds to bring invited speaker X to 
> conference Y ? is a specific request. Provide any contextual 
> information that you think is relevant.
> * How Much? A (high level) budget, in Euros, which: clearly states the 
> amount requested; provides details of the use of requested funds; 
> describes how the requested amount fits into an overall budget for the 
> activity/event; and clearly states what will happen to funds in the 
> event of a surplus.
> * Why? Brief justification for funding; note that priority will be 
> given to activities for which no alternative funds are available.
> Who? Describe who will benefit from the proposed activity.
> * When? Dates of the proposed activity, and date by which funding 
> would be needed.
> * Where? Location of the proposed activity.
> * Contact details. Name, affiliation, contact details for the 
> responsible party (postal address, email, telephone number, fax), web 
> address of event if available.
> Proposals should under no circumstances exceed more than two pages in 
> total. Proposals should be submitted in PDF via the EasyChair web 
> review system at the folowing URL:
> NB: Please give all costs in EUROS.
> ## How will proposals be evaluated? ##
> We anticipate issuing calls for proposals approximately two or three 
> times per annum, with DECEMBER 2, 2011 being the deadline for this 
> call. Further calls will be issued later ? watch the AIJ web site for 
> details ( The AIJ sponsorship committee will 
> assess proposals on the basis of:
> * scientific quality of proposed activities;
> * likely level of impact on the international AI community;
> * cost effectiveness/value for money.
> All bidders will be informed by email of the outcome of their proposal 
> as soon as an outcome is known.
> If a proposal is approved for funding, then please be aware it may 
> take time to transfer funds: if you are bidding for funds to support 
> an event, then we suggest your proposal should be submitted at least 6 
> months before the event takes place.
> Where a proposal is felt to have merit but is not fundable in its 
> submitted form, we may return to bidders to discuss possible 
> modifications; where this is felt to be necessary, we will try to do 
> this practicably and expeditiously. A summary of successful proposals 
> will be made publicly available on the AIJ website.
> ## My proposal was rejected ? can I appeal? ##
> The decision of the AIJ sponsorship committee with respect to funding 
> decisions is final, and we will not enter into any correspondence with 
> respect to unsuccessful proposals.