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USENIX Association & Stichting NLnet

The USENIX Association of Berkeley, California, and Stichting NLnet of the Netherlands formed 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. Research institutions of all types are encouraged to submit proposals to either the USENIX Association or Stichting NLnet.

The program has allocated $200,000 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 projects. We do not fund University overhead.

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.

To submit a proposal to the ReX Program, you will be asked to submit the following information using the electronic submission form below:

  • Names of sending and receiving institutions involved and contact information
  • Descriptions of both institutions, including a description of the areas of expertise
  • Amount of funding requested
  • Start date of Exchange
  • Duration of Exchange
  • Title of the project
  • Description of the Project. 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. It should also include references to related work and appropriate citations. Please state how the project will benefit from the presence of exchange scholars as well as how the scholars will benefit from working on the project.
  • Budget. The budget should include the total budget for the project as well as the amount requested from ReX. Please identify any additional funding sources for this project.
  • Schedule

For tips for planning your exchange, please see our ReX Exchange Checklist.

Here are some sample proposals that have been funded:
University of Colorado/Vrije Universiteit
Vrije Universiteit/CAIDA

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 ;login:.
  • Anytime the work derived from the project is presented or published, the support of the ReX, USENIX, and NLnet should be acknowledged.

Electronic Submission Form

If you have all this information available, the press Submit to start the submission process. Submission is not complete until you see a page titled `Thank You'. If you do not see this page, then you have not completed the submission process. Some browsers do not support file upload, and occasionally caches get the way of the proper functioning of the form. Senders will be notified of receipt of submission via e-mail.

Submit a ReX Proposal

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.

About Stichting NLnet
Stichting NLnet is a foundation formally started in 1989, incorporating networking activities that go back as early as 1982. Stichting NLnetÍs goal is to stimulate network developments 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.
Christopher Small, Sun Microsystems and Harvard University

For More Information please contact the USENIX Association or Stichting NLnet 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
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 343 457775
FAX: +31 343 453928

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