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Funding ICTD Research. Kentaro Toyama Microsoft Research India Workshop on ICTD (pre-ICTD2006) SIMS, UC Berkeley October 27, 2005. Outline. Personal Perspective and Introduction Increasing Funding Examples of Collaboration between Universities and MSR. Outline.

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funding ictd research

Funding ICTD Research

Kentaro Toyama

Microsoft Research India

Workshop on ICTD (pre-ICTD2006)

SIMS, UC Berkeley October 27, 2005

outline
Outline

Personal Perspective and Introduction

Increasing Funding

Examples of Collaboration between Universities and MSR

outline1
Outline

Personal Perspective and Introduction

Increasing Funding

Examples of Collaboration between Universities and MSR

the e mail
The E-mail

Dear Kentaro,

We met at the Computing Applications for Deep-Sea Fishermen Conference in Goa, back in 1998. I read about the MSR India lab in the news – Congratulations!

I’m writing to tell you about a new project of ours. As you know, fishermen have a need to know the weather and market prices in real time. We are planning a pilot to deploy a WiMax-based system with waterproof PCs in fishing boats in Kerala.

We need a small amount of funding to get started, around US$250K, for boats, PCs, WiMax tower, and grad-student support. Since there are 10 million such boats worldwide, there is huge potential for Microsoft to drive computers into the mid-sized fishing industry, not to mention the economic benefits to the fishermen themselves.

Is this something that Microsoft would be interested in? Please let me know what you think and let us know how we can proceed.

Thanks,

Pesca Torre

ICT4F, Dept of Computer Science

University of Machlee

Researcher

Kentaro

their view
Their View?

Researcher

Gatekeeper

Microsoft

my view
My View

Mad Scientist

Kentaro

MSR India

Microsoft

funding function
Funding Function

m: merit of the project/researchers

s: strength of relationship

r: perceived return on investment

b: budget of sub-organization

o: organizational openness to research

l : luck factor

$ = f (m, s , r, b, o) l

Factors

funding factors
Funding Factors

l

Supreme Being

Member of

sub-org

Researcher

Sub-org

Organization

o

m

s

r

b

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Outline

Personal Perspective and Introduction

Increasing Funding

Examples of Collaboration between Universities and MSR

increasing funding
Increasing Funding

m: merit of the project/researchers

  • Demonstrate research experience
  • Maintain detailed website of project

$ = f (m, s , r, b, o) l

increasing funding1
Increasing Funding

s: strength of relationship

  • Stay in touch
  • Involve person/organization in relevant activities
  • Have respect for the person/organization
  • Express gratitude (if funded)

$ = f (m, s, r, b, o) l

increasing funding2
Increasing Funding

r: perceived return on investment

  • Ask about the goals of the organization
  • Propose actions that help meet those goals

$ = f (m, s , r, b, o) l

possible goals
Possible Goals
  • Impact
    • Quantity (e.g., number of people affected)
    • Quality (e.g., better educated children)
    • Sustainability
  • Knowledge and science
  • Revenue / economic growth
    • Direct
    • Indirect, growth in industry
    • Indirect, growth in economy
  • Market penetration
  • Intellectual property
  • Image and reputation
    • Mass media
    • Visibility among peers
possible goals1
Possible Goals
  • Impact
    • Quantity (e.g., number of people affected)
    • Quality (e.g., better educated children)
    • Sustainability
  • Knowledge and science
  • Revenue / economic growth
    • Direct
    • Indirect, growth in industry
    • Indirect, growth in economy
  • Market penetration
  • Intellectual property
  • Image and reputation
    • Mass media
    • Visibility among peers

High value, relatively easy

to deliver!

increasing funding3
Increasing Funding

b: budget of sub-organization

  • Help organization meet its goals (future)
  • Express gratitude loudly and publicly (if funded)

$ = f (m, s , r, b, o) l

increasing funding4
Increasing Funding

o: organizational openness to research

  • Know the culture of each organization
  • Choose the right organization

$ = f (m, s , r, b, o) l

increasing funding5
Increasing Funding

l : luck factor

  • Pray
  • Wear a nice outfit 

$ = f (m, s , r, b, o) l

funding function1
Funding Function

$ = f (m, r, s , b, o) l

$ = Sf (m, r, s , b, o) l

try them all
Try them all!

Ms. X

Sub-org 1c

Org 1

. . .

Mr. Y

Sub-org 2f

Org 2

Researcher

Karishma

Windows EM

Santosh

India SMSG

Kentaro

MSR India

Microsoft

Akhtar

Community Affairs

Tom

MSR ERP

outline3
Outline

Personal Perspective and Introduction

Increasing Funding

Examples of Collaboration between Universities and MSR

collaborations with universities

Microsoft Research

Collaborations with Universities

Research collaboration

Internships

Community projects

Workshops and conferences

  • Sponsorship
  • Organization

External research funding

  • Discretionary funding
  • PhD fellowships
  • RFPs
research collaboration
Research Collaboration

Example

Project: sensor network for landslide detection (MSR India and IIT-Bombay)

  • Close personal ties between principal investigator and MSR India
  • IIT-Bombay identified and initiated project.
  • MSR (sr. researcher + intern) joined project and led systems research component.

Outcomes:

  • Synergistic research relationship
  • Poster paper at SenSys conference
  • IIT-Bombay received research funding through MSR ERP.
  • Some mention in press

Work by Anmol Sheth (U Colorado), et al.

internships
Internships

Example

Project: study of Akshaya kiosks in a political / economic context

  • UC Berkeley PhD student Renee Kuriyan spent two months with MSR India, mostly in field in Kerala
  • MSR provided standard internship package: round-trip airfare, room and board, stipend

Outcomes:

  • Synergistic research relationship
  • Student furthered PhD work
  • Microsoft gained deeper knowledge of Akshaya and rural kiosk projects
  • Potential paper publication

An Akshaya telecentre in Kerala

community projects
Community Projects

Example

Project: summer computer camp for girls in a Bangalore slum

  • MSR provided equipment, curriculum, light training
  • St. Joseph’s College students taught classes

Outcomes:

  • Students met volunteer service requirement
  • MSR gained first-hand experience of computer education in urban slum
  • NGO/slum community received inexpensive computer training

Holi festival with children in Bangalore

workshops and conferences
Workshops and Conferences

Example

Project: ICTD 2006

  • SIMS, Siemens Research, MSR as main financial sponsors
  • CMU, SIMS, Siemens Research, MSR St. Joseph’s College students taught classes

Expected outcomes:

  • ICT4D researchers have a new publishing outlet for their work and a venue for more interaction
  • Community of ICT4D researchers brought together

http://sims.berkeley.edu/ictd2006

external research funding
External Research Funding

Example

Project: Digital Inclusion RFP

  • MSR External Research & Programs releases request for proposals of research in “digital inclusion”.
  • Total $1.2M in funding, focus on technological innovation
  • Worldwide scope

Expected outcomes:

  • Universities gain some funding for research in ICT4D
  • Microsoft gains greater visibility for Microsoft as a supporter of ICT and development

http://research.microsoft.com

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