Please find below the announcement of Maciek Nowak, TSL President
Dear TSL Members,
it is my pleasure to announce two new TSL sponsored grants that have been created as part of our efforts to generate more collaboration across the four TSL regions (North America, Central and South America, Europe and Africa, and Asia, Australia and New Zealand). The grants and application process are described in full detail below, with one grant aimed at doctoral students hoping to study abroad and the other more broadly focused at driving collaborative research. Importantly, note that the Cross-region Collaborative Grant has an additional $2000 grant that is part of an agreement with VeRoLog and that is available to EURO members.
We hope that these grants will be awarded on an annual basis, but this is contingent on available funding in the TSL budget.
The deadline for submission is December 15, 2016. The awards will be announced by March 1, 2017. The selection committee will be composed of the three International Liaisons and one representative appointed by VeRoLog, and will be chaired by the outgoing TSL President (Past President in 2017).
Please let me know if you have any questions in regards to these grants. We hope that they will serve to generate more international interest in TSL and VeRoLog and the research that our members undertake.
1) Cross-region Collaborative Grant ($2000): This grant is open to any two or more TSL members, located in at least two of the four TSL regions (North America, Central and South America, Europe and Africa, or Asia, Australia and New Zealand), who intend to collaborate on a research project. In the interest of generating new collaborative ties across boundaries, proposals from junior faculty and those who have not already conducted this type of collaborative research are most heavily encouraged. Preference will be shown to those who have exhibited a commitment to TSL. This grant may be used to fund travel, lodging or other expenses incurred in bringing the collaborators together.
As part of a collaborative agreement with VeRoLog, an additional $2000 grant is available to the best submission where at least one applicant is a member in good standing of a national society that is part of the Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO). If the best overall submission has both a EURO and TSL member, the submission receives a total of $4000. Otherwise, two $2000 grants are awarded, one to the best overall submission and one to the best submission with a EURO member.
It is expected that the grant recipients will present their research at the earliest possible INFORMS, TSL conference, or VeRoLog conference (if applicable). The grant application should consist of the following:
Description of the Project: Describe in appropriate detail the proposed activity, including:
a. A brief description of the project, including its relevance and contribution to the TSL community (and to EURO/VeRoLog if applicable) as well as its broader impact on society.
b. Describe how this project relates to the applicants’ research programs, including their qualifications and future projects/proposals.
c. Describe (briefly) the discussions that the collaborators have already conducted.
Applicants should limit the body of this description to no more than 750 words, delivered in double-spaced format.
Timeline and Proposed Budget:
a. Describe how and when you anticipate disseminating the results of this project.
b. Give a budget for the project, indicating how the grant dollars will be spent towards that budget. This could be as simple as indicating that the budget will be spent on travel expenses. Also, indicate what other funds are available to support this research.
Curriculum Vitae: Full and current Curriculum Vitae for each applicant —attach at end of application.
2) Cross-region Doctoral Grant ($2000): This grant is open to any TSL member currently working towards their PhD who would like to spend time studying at an institution located outside of his/her home region. This grant may be used to fund travel, lodging or other expenses incurred during the grantee’s visit. It is expected that the grant recipient will present their research at the earliest possible INFORMS or TSL conference. The grant application should consist of the following:
Description of the Visit: Describe in appropriate detail the proposed activity, including:
a. The objectives of the doctoral candidate’s visit. A brief description of the project, including its relevance and contribution to the TSL community as well as its broader impact on society.
b. Describe how this project relates to the applicant’s thesis.
Applicants should limit the body of this description to no more than 500 words, delivered in double-spaced format.
Timeline and Proposed Budget:
a. Delineate the projected timeline for the proposed visit.
b. Provide a brief budget for how the grant will be spent. This could be as simple as indicating that the budget will be spent on travel expenses. Also, indicate what other funds are available to support this visit.
Letter of Invitation from the Host Institution: This should provide a brief outline of the expectations for the candidate’s visit. Limited to one page.
Letter of Recommendation from the candidate’s advisor: This should indicate how the visit will advance the completion of the candidate’s thesis. Limited to one page.
Curriculum Vitae: Full and current Curriculum Vitae—attach at end of application.