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Bidding for Charitable Projects

Call for outline bids for investment projects to further
the charitable aims of the OR Society

The Society maintains a fund which is used to promote educational, development and research projects that are in line with its charitable aims of advancing knowledge and education through fostering O.R.  The Board are now calling for bids for projects to further these aims, helping take the Society forward and making an investment in the future.  A total sum of £100k will be available for such a project or projects.

Suitable project areas might include for example:

  • Improving public awareness and understanding of O.R.
  • Building productive links between O.R. and other professions
  • Developing the contribution of O.R. to major national or global issues

At this stage the Board are looking for outline bids for projects, rather than fully worked-up proposals. A short submission (setting out background, aims and objectives, approach, personnel and their relevant experience, and likely timescales and costs) will suffice.  In assessing bids particular weight will be given to the fit of the project with the Society’s charitable aims, its likely impact on our ability to achieve these aims in the future, and the absence of alternative sources for funding. 

Bids will be assessed by the Society’s Education and Research Committee which will make recommendations to the Board for decisions on those bids for which more developed proposals will be invited. The aim is for projects to commence in the Autumn of 2012.

Outline bids should be submitted to the Society’s Secretary and General Manager at gavin.blackett@theorsociety.com , using a standard form available from him on request, not later than Wednesday 7 March 2012.

Conditions

1. Bids must relate to projects which fall within the terms of the Society’s relevant charitable aims, which relate to the development of OR, particularly by fostering, promoting and furthering interest in the subject.

2. Priority will be given to bids which are considered to satisfy the following criteria.

  • They further the development of OR as widely as possible.
  • They offer a high probability of success.
  • They promise to produce an outcome of long-lasting benefit.
  • They could not be funded from any other source.

3. Project funded by the Society are normally subject to periodic review. The Society reserves the right to terminate funding at any time if it finds that any aspect of the execution of the project is unsatisfactory.

4. The Society reserves the right to consider

Bidding procedure

  1. Bidders are invited to submit initial bids, not exceeding one side of A4, to the Secretary and General Manager, Operational Research Society, Seymour House, 12 Edward Street, Birmingham B1 2RX, UK, or by email to gavin.blackett@theorsociety.com.
  2. Shortlisted bidders will be notified in late July, and invited to submit detailed bids. The limit of available funding will be known at the time detailed submissions are invited and those submitting detailed bids are therefore assured of a high probability of success.
  3. The Board’s final decisions will be announced in late September and, subject to the approval of the Board, funding will then be immediately available.