DIMACS Workshop Organizer's Guide: Proposal
Workshop proposals should be developed about 6 to 8 months
before the intended workshop. They are evaluated by
the DIMACS Projects Committee; the approval process
often involves suggestions for the organizers.
The proposal should include the following:
- The topic of the workshop
- The organizers (name, institutional affiliation, and email).
We generally seek to have one or more DIMACS members as organizers
to assure "local" interest in planning.
- The scientific theme and its content in
one or two pages. In particular, indicate why the
topic is appropriate to DIMACS interests in discrete
mathematics and theoretical computer science or to
the affiliated special year focus.
- How does the workshop have a "national scope" in both
the organizing committee and the expected participation.
- Explain why this topic is not adequately served by
existing conference and journal venues.
- List possible participants (and principal speakers if
that has been decided).
- Give the preferred dates.
- How will results of the workshop be disseminated?
Note: DIMACS has an existing agreement with AMS to publish
the AMS-DIMACS series. Workshop that do not have other
prior experience with other publishers are expected to to
publish proceedings there. Exceptions such as smaller special
issues of journals are possible.
- Provide an approximate budget. Typical funding
for workshops ranges from
1 day "mini-workshops" funded with $2,000 to $3,000 to
3 to 5 day "full workshops" with budgets in the $10,000 to $15,000 range.
Proposals are evaluated for their match to DIMACS core
science interests (discrete mathematics and theoretical
computer science), and for contributing to the NSF's
Science and Technology Center's program goals of research
excellence, education and human resources, and outreach
to other constituencies such as other disciplines or industry.
Proposals should be emailed to ATTN: PROJECTS COMMITTEE CHAIR,
Workshop Organizer's Guide
Contacting the Center
Document last modified on April 29, 1998.