Forecasting research grants

The Inter­na­tional Insti­tute of Fore­cast­ers and SAS have an annual research grant scheme that has been offered for the past ten years.  The amounts offered are small (a total of $10K per year, usu­ally split between 2 or 3 projects), but it might be use­ful for young researchers want­ing a bit of fund­ing to help with their fore­cast­ing research. The dead­line for 2012 has just been extended to 26 Octo­ber, which is a sure sign that they don’t have enough appli­ca­tions yet.

A list of pre­vi­ous projects that have received fund­ing is pro­vided to give some idea of the type of research they like to support.

For some rea­son that I do not under­stand, they link to Scott Armstrong’s list of “research needs” from more than ten years ago although the sup­ported projects do not seem to have much to do with Scott’s ideas of what is impor­tant. Frankly, I don’t think telling peo­ple what research areas are impor­tant is very help­ful. The best research comes about when peo­ple are curi­ous and pas­sion­ate, and take a sur­pris­ingly dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive from those who have gone before.

 


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