# Cross Regional Grants

2018 TSL Cross Regional Grants: Call for Proposals

The application window is open for TSL Cross Regional Grants.  These grants were created as part of our efforts to generate more collaboration across the four TSL regions (North America, Central and South America, Europe and Africa, and Asia, Australia and New Zealand).  The grants and application process are described below, with one grant aimed at doctoral students to study abroad and the other more broadly focused at driving collaborative research.

The deadline for submission is August 17, 2018.  The awards will be announced at the TSL Business Meeting at INFORMS on November 5th.  The selection committee is composed of the three International Liaisons and one representative appointed by VeRoLog, and is chaired by the TSL Past President.  All applicants for these grants must be registered TSL members.

1) Cross-region Collaborative Grant (three grants of $2000 each): This grant is open to any two or more TSL members, located in at least two of the four TSL regions (North America, Central and South America, Europe and Africa, or Asia, Australia and New Zealand), who intend to collaborate on a research project. In the interest of generating new collaborative ties across boundaries, proposals from junior faculty and those who have not already conducted this type of collaborative research are most heavily encouraged. Preference will be shown to those who have exhibited a commitment to TSL. This grant may be used to fund travel, lodging or other expenses incurred in bringing the collaborators together. As part of a collaborative agreement with VeRoLog, an additional$2000 grant is available to the best submission where at least one applicant is a member in good standing of a national society that is part of the Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO).  This year, we will again receive sponsorship for an additional $2000 grant from Kalyx Warehousing, one of the fastest growing warehousing companies specialized in warehousing and logistics. This grant will be available to the best submission with at least one applicant whose primary place of employment is located within the Asia, Australia and New Zealand region. If the best overall submission is eligible for either of these additional funds (i.e., the best overall submission has a EURO member or a TSL member from Asia, Australia, and New Zealand), the submission receives a total of$4000.  Otherwise, three $2000 grants are awarded, one to the best overall submission, one to the best submission with a EURO member, and one to the best submission from a TSL member in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. It is expected that recipients will present their research at the earliest possible INFORMS, TSL, or VeRoLog conference (if applicable). The application should include the following: Description of the Project: Describe in appropriate detail the proposed activity, including: A brief description of the project, including its relevance and contribution to the TSL community (and to EURO/VeRoLog if applicable) as well as its broader impact on society. 1. Describe how this project relates to the applicants' research programs, including their qualifications and future projects/proposals. 2. Describe (briefly) the discussions that the collaborators have already conducted. Applicants should limit the description to no more than 750 words, in double-spaced format. Timeline and Proposed Budget: 1. Describe how and when you anticipate disseminating the results of this project. 2. Provide a budget, indicating how grant dollars will be spent towards that budget. This could be as simple as indicating that the budget will be spent on travel expenses. Curriculum Vitae: Full Curriculum Vitae for each applicant -attach at end of application. 2) Cross-region Doctoral Grant ($2000): This grant is open to any TSL member currently working towards a PhD who would like to spend time studying at an institution located outside of his/her home region.  This grant may be used to fund travel, lodging or other expenses incurred during the grantee's visit.  It is expected that the grant recipient will present at the earliest possible INFORMS or TSL conference.  The application should consist of the following:

Description of the Visit: Describe in appropriate detail the proposed activity, including:

1. The objectives of the doctoral candidate's visit. A brief description of the project, including its relevance and contribution to the TSL community as well as its broader impact on society.
2. Describe how this project relates to the applicant's thesis.

Applicants should limit the description to no more than 500 words, in double-spaced format.

Timeline and Proposed Budget:

1. Delineate the projected timeline for the proposed visit.
2. Provide a brief budget for how the grant will be spent.  This could be as simple as indicating that the budget will be spent on travel expenses.

Letter of Invitation from the Host Institution:  This should provide a brief outline of the expectations for the candidate's visit.  Limited to one page.

Letter of Recommendation from the candidate's advisor: This should indicate how the visit will advance the completion of the candidate's thesis.  Limited to one page.

Curriculum Vitae: Full Curriculum Vitae-attach at end of application.

Please send your application, preferably as one zip file, attached to an email to Karen Smilowitz, ksmilowitz@northwestern.edu.

2018 TSL Collaboration Grant Committee

Karen Smilowitz, TSL Past-President
Jorge Mendoza, International Liaison, Europe and Africa

Debjit Roy, International Liaison, Asia, Australia & New Zealand

Cristian Cortes, International Liaison, The Americas

Daniele Vigo, EURO representative