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FYI: V&L Net Call for Pump-Priming Proposals


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 2013-1
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 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 (2013-1):

This call for proposals is not restricted to any particular type of topic or resource. 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 19 July 2013. 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, or
b. estimated cost of releasing the data or software resource.

Eligibility:

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 research.

Deadlines:

Submission of proposals 19 July 2013
Notification of outcome 26 July 2013


Contact: A.S.Belz@brighton.ac.uk
V&L Net website: http://www.vl-net.org.uk

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