I thought that I would write a little about the Rotor RFP 2.0. This program will give grants to academic researchers who are using Rotor for their work. The details are available at http://research.microsoft.com/programs/europe/rotor/2004Projects.aspx but here are a few comments.
The new submission deadline is 30 January 2004, so if you have an idea that you think fits in this program, you still have time to apply.
Many people look at the URL for the RFP and assume that only researchers from European universities can apply. The truth is that there is no geographical restriction on this program. In fact, if you look at the grants awarded in the first revisions (http://research.microsoft.com/programs/europe/rotor/2002Projects.aspx), you will see projects from Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America as well as Europe. No Antarctica yet… Perhaps this year?
(2005-01-14: updated stale URLs)