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FYI: Call: Pump Priming Vision and Language Research

Author: Frank Keller

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Cognitive Science

FYI Body: V&L Net: The EPSRC Network on Vision and Language
Pump-Priming Vision & Language Research 2012-1
Call for Proposals

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 overall aim of
stimulating research collaboration. We support two different types of

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

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

Details of this Call (2012-1):

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@brighton.ac.uk no later than 20 January 2012. 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 involved;

2. Case for Support, including either:
a. a high-level synopsis of the project idea and the funding body to
which the 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,
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 funding.

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

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 (31 August 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: 03 February 2012
Notification of outcome: 24 February 2012
Funding period: 1 March 2012 to 31 August 2012


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

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