September 1, 2010 for events to take place November 2010 through July 2011 March 1, 2011 for events to take place May 2011 through January 2012 ===========================================================
At their June 2010 meeting, the NAACL Executive Board decided to merge two small funds programs created in 2009 (the Latin American Fund and the Regional Conferences Fund) to form the Emerging Regions Fund. This newly created fund is intended to assist the creation of a larger and more cohesive Computational Linguistics community in Latin America, and to enhance more regional interactions among students and researchers anywhere in the Americas.
NAACL has set aside a total of $5,000 in funding for the coming year, and invites proposals in the range of $500 - $1,500 (US). There will be two deadlines for proposals in the coming year, and approximately half of the funds will be awarded after each deadline. NAACL recognizes that each region has specific needs and concerns, and so we are open to a wide range of possible proposals, subject to the constraint that these awards are intended to support individuals, institutions, or events located in the Americas, and to support travel within the Americas. NAACL will not support travel to or from locations outside of the Americas, and in general travel should be limited to a specific region in the Americas.
Examples of proposals that might help to "build community" could include financial support for regional conferences or workshops, or providing financial or material support for Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics classes at colleges and universities in Latin America. In addition, NAACL has a long tradition of supporting student participation in conferences, summer schools, and NLP/CL competitions, and would give high priority to such efforts in Latin America or at regional events in the Americas. Note that this fund is not intended to support student travel to the NAACL HLT conference as there is a separate fund available for the purpose. The two deadlines for proposals are: September 1, 2010 and March 1, 2011. The event for which funding is requested should take place within 2 to 9 months of the deadline to which you submit. Proposals will be evaluated by a committee consisting of members of the NAACL Executive Board.
Please submit a one page proposal (approx), that addresses the following points :
========================= 1) What will this funding enable you to achieve? : 2) Who specifically will benefit from this funding? : 3) The total amount of NAACL funding requested (in US dollars) : 4) A more detailed breakdown of the budget (if relevant) : 5) If you will use this funding to make your own awards (e.g., student travel grants), by what criteria will you do that, and who would make that decision? : 6) Contact information for the individual or organization making the request, along with any relevant web pages: =========================
Please submit proposals or questions to Rebecca Hwa, Chair of NAACL (rebecca.hwa at gmail.com) and cc Ted Pedersen ( tpederse at d.umn.edu).
-- Ted Pedersen http://www.d.umn.edu/~tpederse