John and all,
I am looking for an international partner who would like to sign on to a proposal that I want to make to the Lithuanian Science Council. The main goal is to collect and organize all manner of methodologies for figuring things out, and in particular, to find a natural way of organizing mathematics. My proposal thus may be relevant for the Azimuth Project.
Every year the Lithuanian Science Council disburses 11 million euros to about 100 small teams of scientists. The maximum grant is 120,000 euros and the deadline to apply is February 13, 2017. A project is typically three years. I would lead a small team. It would go through my employer, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Department of Philosophy and Communications.
The particular grant that I want to apply for requires a single and rather nominal international partner. The partner should be a research and/or educational institution receiving some sort of research funding. Indeed, the funding could be for some existing project. The partner simply needs to specify a project leader and sign an agreement of participation. The partner can be in the US or in most other countries.
By way of example, I hope to draw heavily on content and metadata from MathOverflow, MathStackExchange, Wikipedia, nLab and other such sites. I want to make a map of mathematical concepts. It would be great to get help to write a query at MathOverflow to calculate which tags are most likely to go together in posts, so as to create an adjacency graph of areas in math. Such assistance would be one example of a successful partnership.
Regarding the Azimuth Project, an especially meaningful help would be outreach to engage others around the world to contribute ways of figuring things out, especially as related to climate change. It could be allowing my project's activity to take place at the Azimuth Project wiki and forum. For the Lithuanian Science Council, this would be especially attractive because Lithuania and its scientists would receive a lot of good publicity. That is doubly relevant as we grow concerned how to stay independent in the face of a predictably lawless Russia and unpredictably committed United States.
Most important for the Lithuanian Science Council is that there be an official institutional partner that gets official research funding. You know how they are. :)
I hope to sketch out my research proposal in some more detail tomorrow.