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Submit a proposal

This page describes how to submit proposals for programmes and follow-on workshops.

The Scientific Steering Committee meets twice each year to consider proposals.  Proposals to be considered at these meetings should be submitted by 31 January or 31 July respectively.

The present deadline for submission is 31 July 2018 for consideration at the meeting of the Scientific Steering Committee in October 2018. 

 

Submitting a Proposal for a Programme of 6-months, 4-months or 4-weeks duration.

The Institute invites proposals for research programmes of 6-months, 4-month or 4-weeks duration in any branch of mathematics or the mathematical sciences. 

Anyone interested in making a proposal is encouraged to contact the Director in advance of submission, by telephone or email, for advice and informal feedback.  The Director will be pleased to help nurture, without prejudicing the final outcome, proposals in the fundamental mathematical sciences as traditionally understood and in cross-disciplinary projects, for example in the mathematics related to biology, ecology, the environment, the economy, the physical sciences, medicine, indeed any area where innovative mathematics plays a significant role.

There are two kinds of programme proposals: preliminary proposals and full proposals.  While the expectation is that full proposals will contain a fully developed description of the proposed programme, preliminary proposals are significantly shorter.  Preliminary proposals give proposers the opportunity to seek feedback from SSC including an indication of likelihood of success in advance of preparing a full proposal.  There is no expectation that proposers should submit a preliminary proposal in advance of submitting a full proposal. 

We request that programme proposal submissions should be made online via proposals.newton.ac.uk

Exceptionally, submissions may be made via email to INI Director David Abrahams via director[at]newton.ac[dot]uk.  They should include the same information content as online submissions.

  • To log in, proposers should use the same log in details as they do for Isaac, the Institute's main database isaac.newton.ac.uk.  Those who have lost, or do not already have, an Isaac password should follow the instructions on proposals.newton.ac.uk.

Both full proposals and preliminary proposals must contain core information regarding the nature and scientific merit of the proposed programme and the suitability of the proposed organisers in terms of academic standing within their field, their potential for attracting stellar participants, and their organisational skills and experience in organizing major scientific events.  The core information that must be included is summarised in the table below.

 

 

Full Proposal

Preliminary Proposal

Summary Details

  • Title and abstract.
  • Duration.
  • Scientific Area(s).

Required

Required

Proposer Details

  • Proposers’ names and affiliations.
  • Proposers’ prior experience organising events of this nature.

Required

Required

Scientific Case

A .pdf document (preferably on not more than four sides of A4) containing the following information:

  1. A clear outline of the mathematical/scientific background.
  2. A statement of possible future directions and developments.
  3. The main aims of the proposal, with a clear description of the mathematical content.
  4. A description of the role of workshops within the programme.
  5. Why the proposal is particularly suited to the Isaac Newton Institute.
  6. Why the proposal is of particular benefit to the UK.
  7. How the proposers intend to improve the gender balance and diversity within their field.

 

 

 

All Required

 

 

 

 

 

1-3 Required

 

4-7 Optional or less detail required

 

Potential Participants

A spreadsheet listing a total of 30 to 60 potential participants (or 30 in the case of a 4-week programme) by categories ('highly desirable', 'desirable' and 'reserve') including the following information:

  • Name and home institution.
  • Gender.
  • UK-based?
  • Early career researcher?
  • Confirmed interest?

Participants should be selected on the basis of their active involvement in current research with a minimum of 20% based in the UK and in accordance with the Institute’s Gender Balance Action Plan.

Required

Optional or less detail required

Programme Structure

The relative emphasis and ordering of the various themes of the programme, and also the topics and timing of workshops. Note that the Institute may fund:

  1. Up to 4 workshops for a 6 month programme (3 held at INI and 1 satellite workshop held elsewhere in the UK).
  2. Up to 3 workshops for a 4 month programme.
  3. One workshop for a 4 week programme.

It may be possible to hold additional workshops if external funding is obtained.

 

Required

Optional or less detail required

Related Meetings

Any recent or forthcoming meetings in the field.

Required

Optional or less detail required

External Funding

Any external funding for which the proposers have applied or intend to apply.

Required

Optional or less detail required

Before preparing their submission we advise that proposers read the following document: A sample of the questions asked of proposal referees.  Further information is available from the Director (email director[at]newton.ac[dot]uk; Tel. 01223 335999), who will answer any enquiries.

** Please note that it is expected that organisers are in residence at the Institute throughout their respective programmes **

 

Submitting a Proposal for a Follow-On Workshop

 

Proposals for follow-on workshops may be submitted by a group of individuals some or all of whom were involved in the organisation of the parent programme.  They may be submitted via email to INI Director David Abrahams via director[at]newton.ac[dot]uk and are treated with a ‘lighter touch’ by the Scientific Steering Committee since the parent programme had already been approved. 

A proposal for a follow-on workshop is typically between 5 and 10 pages A4.  Proposals should state the impact of the parent programme and how the organisers anticipate the proposed follow-on workshop would augment, extend or enhance that impact.  The core information that must be included is summarised in the table below:

    Follow On Workshop
Summary Details
  • Title of parent programme.
  • Title of proposed follow-on workshop.
Required

Proposer Details

Note: some or all of the proposers should include some or all of the proposers from the parent programme.
  • Proposers’ names and affiliations.
  • Proposers’ prior experience organising events of this nature for those who were not organisers of the parent programme.
Required
Dates
  • Requested dates where applicable, with justification for preference.
Optional
Background
  • What was achieved during the parent programme.
  • Subsequent progress in the field.
Required

Scientific Case

Note: follow on workshops typically expand on a subset of the most fruitful topics addressed by the parent programme.

This should contain the following information:

  1.  A clear outline of the scope of the workshop and the topics to be addressed.
  2. A clear statement of the aims and objectives of the workshop including how it will boost the momentum of progress made during the parent programme.
  3. Why the workshop is of particular benefit to the UK.
  4. How the proposers intend to improve the gender balance and diversity within their field.
All Required

Potential Participants

Note: Speakers and participants should be selected on the basis of their active involvement in current research with a minimum of 20% based in the UK and in accordance with the Institute’s Gender Balance Action Plan.

A spreadsheet listing a total of 30 to 60 proposed speakers and participants including the following information:

  • Name and home institution.
  • Gender.
  • UK-based?
  • Early career researcher?
  • Were they a participant on the parent programme?
  • Confirmed interest?
Required
Workshop Structure Please state here any elements that you intend to include that differ from standard INI workshops. Optional
Related Meetings Any recent or forthcoming meetings in the field. Required
External Funding Any external funding for which the proposers have applied or intend to apply. Optional

 

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