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KDD Impact Program to support Data Science projects with positive impact on society


The KDD Impact Program is looking to fund projects that have potential for a significant impact on society, expand outreach of data science, and strengthen the community, with grants of $10k-$100k for each project. Submission deadline is Dec 1, 2017.



By Ankur Teredesai, Information Director, ACM SIGKDD.

SIGKDD is excited to announce a funding opportunity through its newly established
KDDKDD Impact Program. The SIGKDD community has expanded its reach dramatically over the past few years and the KDD conference has grown into a major event. SIGKDD would like to direct its success towards a broader positive societal impact.

The goal of the program is to support projects that promote data science, increase its impact on society, and help the data science community. Project duration is one year with the possibility of being extended. Funded projects will be required to present mid-project results of their work and outcomes at the KDD 2018 conference in London in August 2018.

The total amount of funding provided by the KDD Impact Program this year is $250k with a proposed range of $10k-$100k available for each project. Funding will be given as unrestricted gifts (which usually means that minimal institutional overheads will be applied).

Selection Criteria
The KDD Impact Program is looking to fund projects that have the potential for maximum impact on the society and expand outreach of data science thereby strengthening the community. Sample topics include but are not limited to:

  • Enhance data science community engagement;
  • Expand outreach of data science;
  • Increase diversity and participation in data science;
  • Increase societal impact of data science;
  • Influence public policy through data science.

The KDD Impact Program is NOT a research program. It focuses on projects that benefit the community and the society. Pure research projects will not be funded. The call is open to every country, participant must be affiliated to an institution with reputable standing. Funds are to be used for not-for-profit activities, and this program will not fund activities for which alternative funding is readily available.

For submission guidelines and more information, visit KDD.org site.

Submission website: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=kddig18.

Submission deadline: December 1, 2017

Selection Committee

  • Jure Leskovec
  • Rayid Ghani
  • Jingrui He
  • Jian Pei
  • Claudia Perlich
  • Mohammed Zaki