AISB opportunities Bulletin Item
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES for PROMOTING AI RESEARCH
## 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: > > http://tinyurl.com/aijournal5 > > 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 (http://www.aijd.org/). 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.