[Elsnet-list] Pump-priming Vision & Language Research 2011-2: Call for Proposal Outlines

Frank Keller keller at inf.ed.ac.uk
Tue Jul 5 15:49:32 CEST 2011

V&L Net: The EPSRC Network on Vision and Language

Call for Project Proposal Ideas

V&L Net

The EPSRC Network on Vision and Language (V&L Net) is a forum for
researchers from the fields of Computer Vision and Language Processing
to meet, exchange ideas, expertise and technology, and form new
partnerships. Our aim is to create a lasting interdisciplinary
research community situated at the language-vision interface, jointly
working towards solutions for some of today's toughest computational
challenges, including image and video search, description of visual
content and text-to-image generation.

The Pump-priming Vision & Language Research Scheme:

V&L Net provides funding to members with the aim of pump-priming
research collaboration. We support two different types of activities:

1. Research collaboration meetings between network members which have
the specific aim of developing and writing a joint proposal involving
researchers at different institutions (including industrial partners).

2. Preparing for release data sets and software resources which will
become publicly and freely available to researchers, and which define
research challenges and/or support interdisciplinary work in vision
and language.

Details of this Call (2011-2):

This call for proposals is not restricted to any particular type of
topic or resource (although subsequent calls may be).  However,
proposal topics must either be interdisciplinary, involving
researchers from both language processing and computer vision, or be
located in one discipline, with clear relevance to the other.  The
assessment criteria will be:

1. Potential to achieve progress on research challenges that involve
both language and vision; and

2. Quality of the plan of work.

Submissions will be reviewed by the V&L Net steering committee.  The
steering committee (excluding members involved in a submitted
proposal) will create a ranked list of submitted proposals. The final
decision regarding funding will be made by the network coordinators.

Submission Guidelines:

Please send a 2-page outline of the project idea in PDF format to
vl-net at brighton.ac.uk no later than 05 September 2011.  The outline
should include the following information:

1. Project team, including names of the investigators, their
affiliations and brief track record, and list of other researchers

2. Case for Support, including either:
    a. a high-level synopsis of the project idea and the funding body
    to which proposal will be submitted, or 
    b. a description of the data set/software resource to be released
    and its role in setting a research challenge or supporting
    interdisciplinary vision and language research;

3. Spending plan, detailing the envisaged costs, including:
    a. envisaged number of meetings and estimated cost of each
    meeting, or
    b. estimated cost of releasing the data or software resource.


The proposed principal investigators and co-investigators must be V&L
Net members at the time of submission, and full V&L Net members when
funding starts (please refer to the V&L Net website for membership
information; for URL see below).  At least one investigator must be
employed by a UK institution eligible to apply for research council

Members of the V&L Net Steering Committee may be involved in a
proposal submitted to this call, but in this case they will not take
part in any aspect of assessing and ranking submitted proposals.

We envisage providing relatively small-scale financial support, in the
region of 1,000-2,000 Pounds.  However, the final amount of funding
that will be provided to the winning proposal will be determined in
negotiations between the proposers and the V&L Net coordinators.

Requirements and details of financial support for winning proposals:

We will publicise successful proposals on the V&L Net website,
including a very brief description of the topic of the proposal idea
(as composed by the investigators).

We will also ask successful applicants to provide us with a progress
report at the end of the funding period (to enable us to periodically
review the success of the scheme).

V&L Net will reimburse costs incurred in connection with either
proposal development meetings or releasing data and software
resources.  Eligible costs are accommodation expenses, UK travel
(including the UK part of international travel), meals and costs
directly incurred in connection with releasing data and software
resources.  However, ineligible costs are academic/researchers'
salaries, capital equipment, institutional overheads, and any costs
directly supporting research.

Eligible costs will be reimbursed upon submission of expense claim
forms. All expense claims will have to be submitted by the end of the
funding period (28 February 2012 for this call). The sum total of all
expense claims must not exceed the amount agreed in negotiations with
the coordinators.


Submission of proposals        5 September 2011
Notification of outcome        26 September 2011
Funding period                 1 October 2011 to 28 February 2012


V&L Net email address: vl-net at brighton.ac.uk
V&L Net website: http://www.vl-net.org.uk

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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