CONNECTIVITY FUND

How it works and how to apply

How?

New call every 4 months

The connectivity fund uses a continuous open call. Every 4 months, proposals are ranked by an international review committee.

When?

You can submit at any time. Proposals will be collected and ranked every year according to the following schedule. Latest possible submission is 15th of March 2023.

Deadline for application*Start date workshop/visitsNotification
15th March1st May or later15th April
15th July1st September or later15th August
15th November1st January or later15th December
*anywhere on earth

What to submit?

You should prepare a short proposal, as a single pdf including all appendices (e.g. CV and invitation letter). Maximum length: 5 pages, 11 point, 1″ margins, not including references/appendices. This single pdf-document should be submitted using Easychair. You may have to create Easychair account.

Proposal template

  • Title, abstract, keywords, scientific area
  • AI Excellence (max 4 pages)
    • Introduction: Significance of proposed research and prior work.
    • Methods: For research visits, detail the technical approach you have in mind. For workshops, detail who will attend (and why) and how participants will work together.
    • Expected Results: Please include milestones with timeline estimates. This could include datasets, code release, tech reports, publications, presentations,…
  • Impact: How will the visit impact you (e.g. your career) or the scientific community?
  • Execution: Motivate your choice of host lab, visit duration, and starting date.
  • Funds needed: Requested amount. Provide estimates of your main expenses. Note the maximum ‘per diem’ reimbursement amounts.
  • Additional information: Is there anything else that we should know about you (e.g. personal information), the host, or the proposed research?

In the appendices, you need to submit your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and an invitation letter from your host stating that they will host you during the indicated period. This only applies to research visits.

What’s important?

Proposals will be evaluated on the following points, using the respective weigths.

  • AI Excellence (25%). How does the visit contribute to Trustworthy AI?
  • Scientific track record (25%). Your prior achievements, taking into account age and personal situation. For workshops, this can include the track record of the participants or the community as a whole.
  • Scientific step-up (25%). How does the visit help you grow professionally and establish a worldwide reputation? For workshops: how does the workshop help the participants?
  • Suitability of the host (12.5%). Is the host lab (or workshop venue) appropriate? Is it the best place to do the proposed research?
  • Suitability of the visit length (12.5%). Is the visit or workshop length appropriate and realistic, also taking into account your personal and family situation? If you plan to separate the research visit into multiple visits, clearly explain why this is necessary. This could either be for scientific or personal reasons (e.g. family commitments).

During submission, you can choose a preferred evaluator for your proposal from the scientific board. The actual reviewer may be different as we aim to evenly distribute the evaluation load.

Who can apply? Where can I go?

All European AI researchers are eligible. You should be able to demonstrate that you work at a European lab and are active in AI through your publication record, or using other proof of involvement in AI research projects. You should be from a non-TAILOR lab and interested in visiting a TAILOR lab (see list below). Or, you should be from a TAILOR lab, and be invited by a non-TAILOR lab. Workshops can be hosted by either TAILOR or non-TAILOR labs, but only non-TAILOR attendants can receive funding.

Since the Connectivity Fund is a ‘Third Party Funding’ mechanism, we can only reimburse non-TAILOR participants. In practice, this means that, if you are from a non-TAILOR lab, you submit the application yourself. People working at a TAILOR lab can only be invited to visit a non-TAILOR lab, in which case the non-TAILOR lab needs to submit the application.

‘European’ countries means all EU and associated countries. Before submission, please check whether your lab is located in the EU or an EU associated country (see list).

In almost all cases, your own nationality is not important, but rather where the lab is located that will receive the funding for your research visit or workshop. That can be either your own lab or your host lab. As stated before, that lab should be a non-TAILOR lab to be able to recieve third party funding. Workshops funded by the connecticity fund (and hosted by non-TAILOR labs) can cover travel costs for people outside of Europe if they handle the reimbursements.

How much?

We can support visits and workshops up to 15.000 EUR per proposal. More could be requested given a really good motivation. We aim to support 100 visits/workshops over 3 years. The fund only covers travel, housing, and sustenance. The support is offered as a lump sum based on a cost estimate submitted beforehand. 60% of the lump sum will be paid at the start of the visit. The remaining 40% will be paid after the final report has been received and approved.

Practical organization

Connectivity Fund research visits and workshops are executed as financial support to third parties (FSTP), and only reimburses travel costs (by invoice). A Subgrant Agreement will be established between the institute of the applicant (e.g. a university or company) and the Eindhoven University of Technology, who manages the connectivity fund on behalf of the TAILOR Network of Excellence. The agreement is signed by representatives of both parties. We cannot fund individual people directly. A final budget and start and end dates of the research program are defined in the subgrant agreement. 60% of this budget can be requested by invoice before the start of the research visit or workshop. The remainder of the budget can be requested by a second invoice after the end of the visit or workshop, matching (only) the actual costs made. The recipient of the subgrant must ensure that proofs of actual costs are kept for the European Court of Auditors (ECA) and European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF) for a period of 5 years. Such costs can be actual proofs or per-diem allowances per local regulations of the recipient. Expenses are capped using the standard per diem rates for Dutch universities, and expenditures before or after the duration of the proposed research program are not eligible. As part of the subgrant, the recipient agrees to submit a final scientific report within 3 months after the end of the research program. For visits longer than 6 months, intermediate reports must be submitted every 6 months.

TAILOR labs?

Below is the full list of TAILOR labs you can visit, ordered by country. If you are from one of these labs, you can invite someone from a non-TAILOR lab to visit you, or be invited to visit a non-TAILOR lab.

  • TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ, Austria
  • KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN, Belgium
  • VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL, Belgium
  • UNIVERZITA KARLOVA, Czech Republic
  • CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE, Czech Republic
  • TIETO FINLAND OY, Finland
  • INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE (INRIA), France
  • CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS), France
  • COMMISSARIAT A L’ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES (CEA), France
  • UNIVERSITE D’ARTOIS, France
  • UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES, France
  • UNIVERSITE DE RENNES, France
  • UNIVERSITE DE LORRAINE, France
  • UNIVERSITE DE MONTPELLIER, France
  • ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE, France
  • TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT, Germany
  • ALBERT-LUDWIGSUNIVERSITAET FREIBURG, Germany
  • DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUR KUNSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ (DFKI), Germany
  • FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG, Germany
  • RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN, Germany
  • VOLKSWAGEN AG, Germany
  • ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, Germany
  • ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Germany
  • ETHNIKO KAI KAPODISTRIAKO PANEPISTIMIO ATHINON, Greece
  • UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, Ireland
  • CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE (CNR), Italy
  • UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA, Italy
  • ALMA MATER STUDIORUM – UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA, Italy
  • UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO, Italy
  • FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER, Italy
  • CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO NAZIONALE PER L’INFORMATICA, Italy
  • UNIVERSITA DI PISA, Italy
  • INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA, Italy
  • BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY, Israel
  • LUXEMBOURG INSTITUTE OF HEALTH, Luxembourg
  • UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN, Netherlands
  • TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN, Netherlands
  • TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT, Netherlands
  • NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK (TNO), Netherlands
  • PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NEDERLAND BV, Netherlands
  • CENTRAAL BUREAU VOOR DE STATISTIEK, Netherlands
  • POLITECHNIKA POZNANSKA, Poland
  • INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO, Portugal
  • UNIVERSIDAD POMPEU FABRA, Spain
  • AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS, Spain
  • UNIVERSIDAD DE MALAGA, Spain
  • UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA, Spain
  • SLOVAK UNIVERISTY OF TECHNOLOGY IN BRATISLAVA, Slovakia
  • COMENIUS UNIVERSITY IN BRATISLAVA, Slovakia
  • SLOVENSKE CENTRUM PRE VYSKUM UMELEJ INTELIGENCIE – SLOVAK AI, Slovakia
  • INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN, Slovenia
  • LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET, Sweden
  • ABB AB, Sweden
  • ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL), Switzerland
  • UNIVERSITAT BASEL, Switzerland
  • UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, United Kingdom
  • IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE, United Kingdom
  • UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, United Kingdom
  • UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER, United Kingdom