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From: John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 11:29:27 -0500
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In the thread on Webby Objects, there was some discussion about ways
to broaden the scope of the Semantic Web.  But I believe that Ontolog
Forum should focus on a broader topic that includes not just the W3C
but all topics related to using ontologies in mainstream IT.  That
would include Schema.org and other ontology projects that are not
specifically considered W3C activities.    (01)

One suggestion was to make that the theme of the April conference
at NIST.  If we need some funding to support such a conference, we
might consider the following offer from the AI Journal.  They have
175,000 euros that they want to spread around.    (02)

John    (03)

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Artificial Intelligence Journal:
Deadline for proposals: December 31, 2012    (06)

Background    (07)

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 promotion and dissemination of AI research. These funds are 
made available through a series of competitive open calls. This document 
relates to the seventh call for funding, with a deadline of December 31, 
2012.    (08)

What are the goals of this funding?    (09)

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.    (010)

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.    (011)

What activities will AIJ consider funding?    (012)

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.    (013)

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.    (014)

What activities does AIJ prefer not to fund?    (015)

-- 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.    (016)

-- 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.    (017)

-- 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 like-lihood we would not provide seed funds to set up a 
duplicate, competitor conference.    (018)

-- We prefer not to fund activities where alternative sources of funding 
are readily available.    (019)

-- 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.    (020)

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 student 
travel grants and invited speakers in the December 2011 round of AIJ 
funding, and typically received about 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 t
his case, the value of every euro spent by AIJ is effectively doubled, 
which makes for a compelling funding case.    (021)

How can I bid for funds?    (022)

A proposal should contain the following sections:    (023)

-- What?
Describe exactly what activity funding is requested for. Please note 
that AIJ funds specific activities. For example, "request funds to 
support a conference on X" is not a specific request, while "request 
travel funds to bring invited speaker X to conference Y" is a specific 
request. Provide any contextual information that you think is relevant.    (024)

-- 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.    (025)

-- Why?
Brief justification for funding; note that priority will be given to 
activities for which no alternative funds are available.    (026)

-- Who?
Describe who will benefit from the proposed activity.    (027)

-- When?
Dates of the proposed activity, and date by which funding would be needed.    (028)

-- Where?
Location of the proposed activity.    (029)

-- Contact details.
Name, affiliation, contact details for the responsible party (postal 
address, email, telephone number, fax), web address of event if available.    (030)

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 following URL: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aij7    (031)


How will proposals be evaluated?    (033)

We anticipate issuing calls for proposals approximately two or three 
times per annum, with December 31, 2012 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.    (034)

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.    (035)

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.    (036)

My proposal was rejected, can I appeal?    (037)

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.    (038)

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