The USENIX Association of Berkeley, California, and Stichting NLnet of
the Netherlands announce the formation of a joint grant program, ReX
(Research Exchange), aimed at facilitating the exchange of scholars
among research institutions working on computer software projects,
especially those involving networking technology.
The program has allocated $200,000 in its first year toward expenses
involved in having graduate and post-graduate students as well as other
junior researchers work on research projects abroad. Although preference
is given to exchanges between European (particularly Dutch) and American
institutions, any international exchange proposals will be considered.
ReX will help with travel, housing, living expenses, tuition, stipends,
and equipment. ReX will also provide expert help in establishing such
Research institutions of all types are encouraged to submit proposals
to either the USENIX Association or Stichting NLnet. Proposals should
include, at a minimum, the following:
At the top of the proposal, please include the following information:
Name of participating institutions
Title of project
Names of those involved in the exchange and email addresses
Amount of funding requested
Start date of project
Duration of project
The body of the proposal should include the following information:
A short description of the project, specifying its scope and goals, and
detailing how the project will benefit from the presence of exchange
scholars, as well as how the scholars will benefit from working on the
The name(s), qualifications(s), and role(s) of the director(s) of the
The names of the participating institutions, along with a description
of their areas of expertise.
A preliminary budget, as well as an estimate of the length of the project.
A single contact person, including mailing address, telephone, fax,
and email address.
Please do not include student travel funds in your budget.
Whenever USENIX funds a proposal, we also pre-approve student travel
stipends so that students involved in the project can attend a USENIX
conference and present the results of the work. We hope that students
will submit papers to the conference, but if this is not possible
or the submission is not accepted, it is expected that the students
will participate in the WIP (works-in-progress) session.
Please note the
for proposal submissions.
Proposals and inquiries should be submitted electronically
in English in text-only format to either the USENIX Association
or to Stichting NLnet
Conditions of Funding
All findings from funded projects must be made freely available to
the computing community. All parties involved in the exchange must
agree that the product of the research will be freely redistributable.
Publication or other broadcasting of such results will be facilitated
by the sponsors of ReX.
Brief progress reports of the project will be required. The final report,
including a full financial accounting of the project, should be received
within 60 days of completion of the project.
At the completion of the project, two articles
should be submitted for publication in
Anytime the work derived from the project is presented or published,
the support of the ReX, USENIX, and NLnet should be acknowledged.
Here are some sample proposals that have been funded:
University of Colorado/Vrije Universiteit
USENIX is the Advanced Computing Systems Association. Since 1975, the
USENIX Association has brought together the community of engineers, system
administrators, scientists, and technicians working on the cutting edge
of the computing world. The USENIX conferences have become the essential
meeting grounds for the presentation and discussion of the most advanced
information on the developments of all aspects of computing systems.
About Stichting NLnet
Stichting NLnet is a foundation formally started in 1989, incorporating
networking activities that go back as early as 1982. Stichting NLnet's
goal is to stimulate network development by sponsoring public domain,
network-oriented projects. The foundation has played a major role in
raising the so-called pan-European UNIX Network and the commercial and
public internet network provision in Holland.
The ReX Steering Committee
Frances Brazier, Stichting NLnet and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Teus Hagen, Stichting NLnet
Evi Nemeth, University of Colorado and CAIDA
(The Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis)
Peter Honeyman, Center for Information Technology Integration, University of Michigan
Mike O'Dell, UUNET Technologies, Inc.
For More Information
please contact the USENIX Association or Stichting NLnet directly at: