Call for proposals: Advanced Training In Mathematical And Computational Modelling For Psychological Science


The William K. and Katherine W. Estes Fund invites proposals to fund advanced training opportunities in mathematical and computational modeling for psychological science. We envision two potential types of activity:

  • Summer Schools
  • Focused Workshops 

A summer school would provide foundational training in mathematical or computational modeling to advanced trainees (PhD students and/or postdoctoral scholars), usually over a period from a few days up to two weeks. A successful summer school might be repeated.

A workshop would be focused on a topic or method in an area of rapid recent progress and would serve trainees and also established researchers. Topics in which the Estes Fund Committee is particularly interested include: cognitive architectures, Bayesian approaches to perception and concept formation, machine learning for psychological modeling, and applications of mathematical models to neuroscience. Typically a workshop would last one to two days, and might be held in conjunction with a larger meeting.

For both summer schools and workshops, participants should be selected by application rather than solely by invitation. Proposals that include a mechanism for online distribution of pedagogical materials are especially encouraged.

Mechanism of Support
Support will be provided in the form of a grant from the Estes Fund, which is jointly overseen by the Psychonomic Society and the 
Association for Psychological Science. Summer school proposals may budget for up to $40,000. Workshop proposals may budget for up to $20,000. Allowable expenses include: Room costs, reasonable fees and expenses (including travel) for speakers or instructors, meals and lodging for summer school participants.

Application Process
Programs will be selected in a two-stage process. The 
2018 Estes Fund Initial Proposal Application consists of a brief program description, personnel list, and a brief draft budget. The Estes Fund Committee will select a small number of initial proposals for further consideration. Only those applicants whose initial proposals are selected by the committee will be eligible to submit full proposals.

Expenses that are eligible for funding included: meeting room rental, travel and lodging for participants, audiovisual equipment rental and labor fees, food and beverage, and miscellaneous expenses such as printed matter and name badges. Honoraria for workshop speakers will not generally be approved but honoraria for summer schools may be considered. Proposers are encouraged to develop budgets that combine support from the Estes Fund with other sources when available.

Potential proposers are encouraged to contact members of Estes Fund Committee (see below) during the initial proposal preparation process.

Initial proposal deadline: 1 September 2017
Full proposal deadline: 1 December 2017

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