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February 28, 2000

ReX: International Research Exchange Initiative

Berkeley, California -- The USENIX Association and the Stichting NLnet Foundation are pleased to announce the formation of an international research exchange initiative for computer software-related networking technologies, called ReX. The goal of the ReX Initiative is to increase the transfer of technology in the field of open software research and development by stimulating worldwide collaborative research and development in the area of networking technologies. By doing so, ReX also expects to increase the quality and availability student-initiated projects in the area of network technologies.

ReX seeks to achieve this goal by facilitating collaboration and joint research between institutes, universities and other entities, through financial support and expert guidance. The initiative targets exchanges of graduate students, post doctoral students, and junior level faculty. While exchanges are not limited to universities, exchanges between academic institutions are the highest priority. Exchanges between industrial research institutes will also be considered, but will be given greater weight if they involve students and relationships with academic institutions.

About the USENIX Association
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. The USENIX Association and its members are dedicated to:

  • problem-solving with a practical bias,
  • fostering innovation and research that works,
  • communicating rapidly the results of both research and innovation,
  • providing a neutral forum for the exercise of critical thought and the airing of technical issues.

About Stichting Nlnet Foundation
The non-profit NLnet Foundation was formally started in 1989, but incorporates networking activities that go back as early as 1982. The foundation (in Dutch called "Stichting NLnet" or shortly "NLnet") has played a major role in raising the so-called pan-European "UNIX" Network and the commercial and public Internet network provision in Holland. Some NLnet milestones are: the first Internet backbone in Holland, the first local dial-in and ISDN infrastructure with full country coverage, the definition and implementation of a low cost connectivity structure. The Foundation is currently setting up software projects that support the Internet community and is trying to synchronize its activities with other organizations active in the network field. The activities are focused on providing network technology to the community and on keeping the outcome in the so-called "public domain" (Open Source).

Proposal Guidelines
Proposals should address topics that will benefit the USENIX and NLnet communities, and are best addressed through international exchange.

Proposals will be accepted at any time, and can be submitted to either the USENIX Association or the NLnet Foundation. Proposals should include the following:

  1. Description of the research project envisioned and specification of the technology exchange involved. This description should clearly state the goals of the research, how the research relates to other work in the field, and precisely what the scope of the work will be.
  2. Relevance of the project to both USENIX and NLnet communities
  3. Names, descriptions, and capabilities of the participating research institutes, universities, or other entities, including their areas of expertise and priority research areas
  4. Expected results of the project, and how they will be measured
  5. Implications of the project for advanced networking computing and future collaboration, including the impact on the participating institutions
  6. Project plan including timeline, milestones and deliverables
  7. Names, affiliations, roles in project, and qualifications of researchers to be involved in the project.
  8. Budget, including the total budget for the project as well as the amount requested from USENIX and/or NLnet Foundation (if other institutions are supporting the project). Please identify any additional funding sources for this project. Allowable costs include travel, housing, daily living expenses, tuition (if applicable), stipend, and equipment. No overhead or indirect costs will be covered.
  9. Contact information, including name, mailing address, telephone, fax, and email address

Criteria for Evaluation
Proposals for research exchange will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated international involvement, with evidence that the exchange is the optimal way to achieve the project goals
  • Relevance to advancements in network technology
  • Type of the research being proposed (applied research is preferred)
  • Expected impact on the computer networking community
  • Qualifications of the project researchers, including the student's preparedness for the project
  • Qualifications of the participating institutes with regard to the proposed project
  • Availability of funding
  • At least 50% of the exchanges should involve a European research institute or group.
  • At least 25% of the exchanges should involve a Dutch research institute or group.

Proposal Submissions
Proposals should be submitted electronically to the or Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Generally, funding notifications will be made within six weeks of the date of submission.

Conditions of Funding
Funds provided by USENIX or NLnet must be used exclusively for the proposed project. Regular monthly progress reports, submitted electronically, are required. If necessitated, a representative of the ReX committee may visit one or more of the institutes involved in an exchange to acquire additional information. Within 60 days after the end of the project, a final report should be submitted that includes a full financial accounting of the project. Whenever USENIX funds a proposal, student travel stipends are also pre-approved so that students involved in the project can attend a USENIX conference (or event co-sponsored by USENIX or NLnet, such as NLUUG's SANE conferences) and present the results of the work. However, the student is responsible for submitting the paper to the conference. USENIX conferences provide an excellent opportunity to report on results to the network of professionals, to announce plans, and to arrange committee meetings.

All findings from the funded project must be made freely available to the computing community as a whole. All parties involved in the exchange must agree that the products of the research exchange (such software or manuscripts) will be made freely redistributable, free of charge.

Anytime the work that has been funded through the project is presented or published, the support of USENIX and NLnet must be acknowledged. Additionally, it is requested that the USENIX and NLnet banners be added to the project homepage (if one exists) with a link to both institutions' home pages.

ReX Oversight
A five-person committee comprised of representatives from both USENIX and Stichting NLnet Foundation provides oversight of the ReX Initiative. The role of the committee is to develop guidelines for proposals, solicit, and review all proposals, make funding decisions, and monitor the funded projects. Members of the ReX Steering Committee are: Frances Brazier, Teus Hagen, Evi Nemeth, Peter Honeyman, and Mike O'Dell.

An Advisory Board of known and acknowledged researchers in advanced computing supports the ReX Committee by providing advice and strategy, as well as actively soliciting potential exchanges.

The Initiative receives executive and administrative support from both the USENIX Association and Stichting NLnet Foundation.

The ReX Committee reports at least twice yearly to both the USENIX and the NLnet Foundation Boards of Directors.

For More Information
Please visit our website for more information about the project, or contact the USENIX Association or the NLnet Foundation directly at:

USENIX Association
2560 Ninth Street, Suite 215
Berkeley, CA 94710

Phone: +1 510 528 8649
FAX: +1 510 548 5738

Stichting NLnet
Koenestraat 92
3958 XH Amerongen

Phone: +31 343457775
FAX: +31 343 453928

USENIX Media Contact:
Wendy Grubow, River Meadow Communications · 831.626.7503 ·
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