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Proposal Submission Guidelines

Proposals should be formulated under the following headings. A preliminary proposal should contain up to 1,500 words, in which case sections 4, 5 and 6 may be considerably shortened or omitted altogether.

 1. Title of proposal, together with name(s) and affiliation(s) of author(s), and preference for a 4- or 6-month programme, or a 4-week short summer programme.

 2. Scientific case for the proposal (preferably on not more than four sides of A4):

  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, in relation to the policy, is the proposal particularly suited to the Newton Institute;
  6. Why, in relation to the policy, is the proposal of particular benefit to the UK.

 3. Possible Organisers and potential members of any Scientific Advisory Committee (and their affiliations): The Organisers are appointed by the Management Committee of the Institute, and frequently, though not invariably, include the Proposers; they are expected to be present for a major part of the programme. Any previous experience in organising events of this nature should be indicated.

 4. Potential Participants (and their affiliations): A total of 30 to 60 (or 30 in the case of a 4-week programme) should be listed, divided into categories 'highly desirable', 'desirable' and 'reserve' identifying the proportion of female participants both overall and for each category. Participants should be selected on the basis of their active involvement in current research with a minimum of 20% based in the UK.

 5. Outline of Programme Structure: The relative emphasis and ordering of the various themes of the programme, and the topics and timing of workshops that you would wish to hold, should be indicated. The Institute may fund up to 4 workshops (3 at the Institute itself and 1 elsewhere in the UK) for a 6-month programme (or up to 3 workshops for a 4 month programme and just 1 for a 4-week programme). It may be possible to hold additional workshops if external funding is obtained for them.

 6. Indicate any recent or forthcoming meetings of which you are aware of within the field of your proposal.


To assist in your preparation, here are some examples of frequently asked proposal referees' questions .

University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute The Leverhulme Trust London Mathematical Society Microsoft Research NM Rothschild and Sons