Who can submit a proposal?
Anyone holding a faculty position at any research and educational institution can submit a proposal for organizing a program at the ICTS. A typical proposal for organizing a program is expected to have two or more organizers. All successful program proposals will eventually be organized in the ICTS campus, which will come up in North Bangalore in 2015. However, until that happens, ICTS programs must be organized at other places in India. For this reason, at present, it is preferable to have at least one of the organizers from an existing institution in India.
What are the possible research areas of a program?
Program proposals can be submitted in any of the traditional areas of the physical and mathematical sciences, as well as in overlapping areas, which include the interface between cosmology, particle physics and string theory; new emergent areas of mathematics with applications to statistical physics, string theory, biology, finance and so on; computational science; complex systems like climate, fluids etc.
Where does one submit a proposal?
Proposals for organizing programs can be submitted on the ICTS website http://www.icts.res.in by following the link “ORGANIZE A PROGRAM”.
How are successful program proposals selected?
All program proposals are scrutinized by a Program Committee of the ICTS. It consists of acknowledged leaders in different areas of science. A list of the current members of the Program Committee can be found at http://icts.res.in/people/8/ Successful program proposals must have a positive recommendation from this Committee.
What does the Program Committee look for in a proposal?
To receive a positive recommendation from the Program Committee, a program proposal must have the following:
1. A description of the theme and objectives, explaining the scientific case and its timeliness and a list of specific topics to be covered in the program.
2. Duration of the program and its justification in terms of expected research benefits and human resource development. Proposals with a strong human resource development component are encouraged.
3. A list of possible speakers and participants (preferably after consultations with a few of them). ICTS program committee looks for quality participants and researchers in this list. It also tends to encourage strong participation by students.
4. A budget consisting of itemized estimate of expenses (travel, board and lodge, organizational expenses, etc).
What should be the duration of a program?
1. Full length programs usually run for 6-12 weeks or longer. Examples of past full length program are:
(a) Monsoon Workshop in String Theory http://icts.tifr.res.in/sites/strings
(b) Cosmology with cosmic microwave background http://icts.tifr.res.in/sites/cmb/index
2. Short duration programs, covering important developments in an area that requires a focused response, run for 2 weeks or more, but less than 6 weeks. A scientific case for the appropriateness of the duration needs to be made in the proposal. Examples of short duration programs are:
(a) Numerical Relativity http://www.icts.res.in/program/NRP2013
(b) Data Assimilation Research Program http://www.icts.res.in/program/DARP2010
(c) Winter School on Stochastic Analysis and Control of Fluid Flow
(d) CP Violation in Elementary Particles and Composite Systems
3. Mini programs cover exciting new developments which require a timely response. These are usually of more than 1 but less than 2 weeks duration. Proposals for even shorter duration programs may also be submitted. In all these cases, however, a strong scientific justification has to be provided for the duration and timeliness of the proposed program and its benefits to the scientific community. Examples of mini programs are:
(a) US-India Advanced Studies Institute on Thermalization: From Glasses to Black Holes
(b) ICTP-ICTS Winter School on Quantitative Systems Biology
(c) The 8th Asian Winter School on Strings, Particles and Cosmology
(d) ICTS Winter School on Experimental Gravitational-Wave Physics
A short discussion meeting in which recent results in the topics which are planned to be covered in the program can be included as a part of a full length (6-12 weeks) or short duration (2-4 weeks) program proposal.
4. Discussion meetings are gatherings around a leading lecturer on a theme around his/her work or a focussed discussion of a recent exciting development in a given field by the relevant researchers. These meetings are usually a few days to a week long. Examples of discussion meetings are
(a) Mathematical perspectives on Clouds, Climate, and Tropical Meteorology
(b) Scattering without Space Time
(c) The Information Paradox, Entanglement and Black Holes
5. Special programs are rare and are held when an exciting opportunity presents itself. These programs may run for several months. An example of special program is:
Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE 2013) http://www.icts.res.in/program/MPE2013
What is not covered by the ICTS mandate?
ICTS is not a conference funding agency. Proposals for organizing conferences and workshops, as well as requests for partial funding of these, are outside the mandate of ICTS. All programs supported by ICTS must be organized entirely as ICTS programs, including preparation of a webpage for the program on the ICTS website, uploading instructional material generated by the program on the webpage, etc.