Funds and Awards
Community and Travel Funds
Part of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant for US-RSE has been allocated for the Community and Travel Funds program. The goals of this program are to:
- Grow and diversify the US-RSE community and larger RSE community
- Connect people within the US-RSE community
- Assist individuals to grow in their own career
- Increase visibility and viability of Research Software Engineering as a career
- Create opportunities for underserved community members
Applications fall into two categories:
- Community: These benefit a group of individuals within the community (e.g., hosting a regional group meetup)
- Individual: These benefit an individual applicant (e.g., travel reimbursement)
To this end, we are accepting applications to provide funding from $100-$10,000 per proposal (with most expected to be up to $2,500) to support members in activities such as, but not limited to:
- Activities for local RSE or affinity-group events: costs for space rental, refreshments, supplies, or child care.
- Hosting technical training events: costs for cloud computing or software services (for training on specialized tools), space rental, speaker fees.
- Hosting non-technical training activities such as mentor training and DEI-focused events.
- Attendance at tech industry or domain-specific academic conferences to share RSE work, discuss research software engineering, or host RSE networking events; costs for conference registration and travel support.
- Software to create videos, podcasts, or other media to share information about research software engineering or support RSE career development.
- Having US-RSE sponsor non-US-RSE events, such as other conferences, where sponsorship would be an effective advertisement and outreach mechanism.
- Pursuing individual professional development that could benefit the community, such as obtaining trainer certifications.
- Technical infrastructure costs related to working group activities (e.g., A/V services).
Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis. They are evaluated based on potential for positive impact on the community, alignment to the US-RSE mission, availability (or lack thereof) of funding, and the submitting members’ qualifications, including previous US-RSE activity.
Funded applicants are expected to provide a short report (a paragraph or two) to be included on US-RSE’s website as a blog post or part of the newsletter.
- Next Application Deadline: March 31, 2024
- Application Form
The next round of application deadlines will be:
- June 30, 2024
- September 30, 2024
- December 31, 2024
The application will request the following details:
- Email address
- Description of previous US-RSE activities
- How have you interacted with US-RSE before? Some examples are: attended US-RSE events; volunteer with working groups; collaborated on a paper, workshop, or presentation on behalf of or hosted by US-RSE.
- Request amount (in dollars)
- Date of event (or range)
- Community or Individual
- Describe the purpose of the requested funding.
- If the funding is for hosting an event, provide details about the event and your qualifications for hosting/organizing the proposed event.
- If the funding is for attending a conference, provide the specific conference, including date and location.
- Provide a budget justification for the requested amount.
- Describe any funding you have already obtained for this proposal, any funding you are currently seeking in addition to the amount requested, or matching funding you will obtain if you receive US-RSE funding.
- How will this proposal, if granted, benefit US-RSE or the wider RSE community?
- Describe how the proposal aligns with the mission of US-RSE.
- Describe your plan for evaluating the success of the proposal.
- As an expectation of funding, we will ask you to write a short post for the US-RSE news and/or newsletter describing the proposal and its impact and/or outcomes. Are there additional outputs or deliverables you expect to result from this proposal?