Announcing SAS/IIF Research Grants


We'll take a short break from the Steve Morlidge book serialization, to announce that SAS Research & Development has again provided $10,000 in funding for the SAS/IIF grant program. Both academics and industry practitioners are encouraged to apply and conduct original research for improving the practice of forecasting.

SAS/IIF Grants to Promote Research in Forecasting

Research has led to major changes in the theoretical ideas underpinning forecasting effectiveness over the last 30 years. However, there has been less impact on forecasting practice. To put this right, the International Institute of Forecasters, in collaboration with SAS, is proud to announce its fifteenth year of financial support for research on how to improve forecasting methods and business forecasting practice, including organisational aspects of management of the forecasting process. This year’s support will consist of two $5,000 grants in methodology and practice/management categories.

Submission deadline is September 29, 2018. Applications and inquiries should be sent to Pam Stroud in the IIF office (

The application must include:

• Description of the project (at most 4 pages)
• C.V./resume (brief, 4 page max)
• Budget and work-plan for the project (brief, 1 page max)

Criteria for the award of the grant will include likely impact on forecasting methods and business applications.

Click here for full details on the SAS/IIF award and eligibility.


About Author

Mike Gilliland

Product Marketing Manager

Michael Gilliland is author of The Business Forecasting Deal (the book), and editor of Business Forecasting: Practical Problems and Solutions. He is a longtime business forecasting practitioner, and currently Product Marketing Manager for SAS Forecasting software. Mike serves on the Board of Directors for the International Institute of Forecasters, and received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement in Business Forecast award from the Institute of Business Forecasting. He initiated The Business Forecasting Deal (the blog) to help expose the seamy underbelly of forecasting practice, and to provide practical solutions to its most vexing problems.

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