How to Apply

The proposal must not exceed a total of 15 double-spaced typewritten pages with fonts not smaller than 11 points plus resumes, student grade transcript, and other supporting material (see below), and must include the following parts (length limits indicated are in double-spaced pages):

  1. Cover Page
  2. This page contains the proposed project title, the research supervisors’ name and affiliation, detailed address, phone and fax numbers, electronic mail address (where available), total amount requested, project duration, and the proposed starting date. In the normal case of more than one research supervisor, the investigator with whom the Foundation should correspond should be indicated.

  3. Previous Research
  4. The previous research of each research supervisor should be summarized, with an attempt to demonstrate his or her research potential. This summary should provide some support for Part 5.4 below. Relevant publications should be listed (up to 5 per investigator). This part should not exceed 2 pages per investigator.

  5. Proposed Research
  6. This part should be concise. The goals of the proposed project should be outlined, along with an indication as to why those goals are important. However, no details need be provided on how those goals will be reached. The Foundation believes that, if a detailed plan to reach those goals is known, the solution to the problem is already in sight, and thus the work proposed is not true research. In addition, the Foundation specifically asks that the proposers do not disclose sensitive information (see Sensitive Information and Confidentiality below). If funding for equipment is requested, please explain briefly how it will be used. This entire part should not exceed 3 pages.

  7. Cross-disciplinary Statement
  8. This part should explain how the proposed research and the research supervisor’s abilities and experience will contribute towards the Foundation’s goal, as stated in Sec. 1. Please explain why the proposed research would not be possible within only 1 discipline. Generalities and big words should be avoided; instead, concrete arguments should be used, supported by facts where warranted. This part should not exceed 2 pages.

  9. Proposed Budget
  10. A proposed budget for up to 4 years should be provided here. Use a separate page for each year, plus an additional page for a cumulative budget. Include the following categories:

    • Student support
      • Salary: indicate amount per month, number of months, and total
      • Tuition: indicate amount per month, number of months, and total
      • Travel and conference attendance: see What the Funds Can Be Used For
    • Equipment and miscellaneous expenses
    • list individual categories and costs, and provide a total amount; see also What the Funds Can Be Used For

    • Research supervisor travel and conference attendance
    • see What the Funds Can Be Used For

    • Total amount requested.
  11. Current and Pending Support
  12. Give grant titles, agencies, and amounts of funding. This part should not exceed 1 page.

  13. Research Supervisor’s Biographical Resumes
  14. A resume for each research supervisor should be attached.

  15. Student Resume and Supporting Material
  16. This is a necessary part, which must be considered by the Foundation before money can be awarded. It is recognized, however, that it may be desirable to submit a proposal before a student has been selected. In that case, the proposal can be submitted without this part, judged, and awarded in principle, pending submission of this last part and approval of the student on the part of the Foundation. The supporting material should include an official record of the student’s grades, two letters of recommendation (one of which can be provided by the research supervisors) and, if available, any other material which can help evaluate the student, such as a GRE record. Please include the student’s address and phone number and, if available, fax number and electronic mail address.

Sensitive Information and Confidentiality

Applicants should be aware that Foundation officers and external reviewers may be working in the same research area as the applicant. The possibility exists that an applicant�s idea may have occurred to a member of the proposal review committee and may already be an existing research project. To avoid exposure of confidential information, the Foundation requests applicants refrain from disclosing confidential and sensitive information in their proposals. Proposals should contain only information which the applicant is willing to expose to the general public. Upon submission, a proposal is considered in the public domain. Once approved for funding, the Foundation will request an abbreviated abstract summarizing the accepted proposal for use in reports and on the Foundation website. The Foundation will seek approval from the research team of all written grant materials selected for publication.

Important Dates

The deadline of proposal submission is announced in each call for proposals. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be given within six weeks after the deadline, and will be sent to both research supervisors and the student. The project can start at any time specified by the research supervisors, provided all materials have been received and approved by the Foundation, and as long as such time is within a year from the day of approval. Unless otherwise provided, award payments are made to the investigators’ institutions once a year.

Please check the Call for Proposals Page for information on current dates.

Submission and Evaluation Procedure

The Foundation seeks to fund research in a diverse range of topics. Therefore potential proposers are encouraged to review grant recipients in this home page. A proposal, which exceeds the page limits, will generally be returned without consideration by the Foundation. Once a proposal is accepted by the Foundation for review, the proposal becomes its property and will not be returned. After the proposal has reached the Foundation, its receipt is acknowledged and, unless it is outside the Foundation’s scope, it is sent for peer review. The proposal is judged for scientific and technical merit, objectives, innovation content of its goals, qualification of investigators, adequacy of research facilities, current and pending support, and the degree to which it furthers the Foundation’s goal (Sec. 1).

An electronic submission of proposal is required. File format should be pdf, Post-Script or Microsoft Word format. Materials that are not easily submitted electrically (e.g. student transcripts) can be mailed to the Foundation separately.

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Acceptable file formats for the submission are PDF, Post-Script and MicroSoft Word only.