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 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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