SAS/IIF Forecasting Research Grants


While insufficiently endowed to be called a "get rich quick" scheme, here is a good way to pocket an extra $5,000 for your holiday shopping budget, and contribute to the body of forecasting knowledge. For the ninth straight year, SAS announces funding of two $5,000 research grants to be awarded through the International Institute of Forecasters. Grant recipients have the opportunity to present their results at the 2012 International Symposium on Forecasting in Boston (where, unlike at the 2011 ISF in Prague, defenestration is not a serious threat -- unless your findings are extremely poorly received by the ISF audience).

Applications should be submitted to the IIF Office by September 30, 2011. The application must include:

  • Description of the project (at most 4 pages)
  • Letter of support from the home institution where the researcher is based.
  • Brief (4 page) c.v.
  • Budget and work-plan for the project.

Criteria for award of the grant will include likely impact on forecasting methods and business applications. If you need topic ideas, see this description of primary research needs on the Forecasting Principles website.


About Author

Mike Gilliland

Product Marketing Manager

Michael Gilliland is a longtime business forecasting practitioner and formerly a Product Marketing Manager for SAS Forecasting. He is on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Forecasters, and is Associate Editor of their practitioner journal Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting. Mike is author of The Business Forecasting Deal (Wiley, 2010) and former editor of the free e-book Forecasting with SAS: Special Collection (SAS Press, 2020). He is principal editor of Business Forecasting: Practical Problems and Solutions (Wiley, 2015) and Business Forecasting: The Emerging Role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (Wiley, 2021). In 2017 Mike received the Institute of Business Forecasting's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2021 his paper "FVA: A Reality Check on Forecasting Practices" was inducted into the Foresight Hall of Fame. Mike initiated The Business Forecasting Deal blog in 2009 to help expose the seamy underbelly of forecasting practice, and to provide practical solutions to its most vexing problems.

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