| Category: ||E-Announce |
| Subject: ||V&L Net call for pump-priming proposals |
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| Email: ||keller_(on)_inf.ed.ac.uk |
| Date received: ||02 Jul 2013 |
V&L Net: The EPSRC Network on Vision and Language
PUMP-PRIMING VISION & LANGUAGE RESEARCH 2013-1 Call for Proposals
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
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
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
Please send a 2-page outline of the project idea in PDF format to
vl-net_(at)_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
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
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
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
Requirements and details of financial support for winning
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.
Submission of proposals 19 July 2013 Notification of outcome 26
Contact: A.S.Belz_(at)_brighton.ac.uk V&L Net website:
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