The DDI initiative often relies on in-kind contributions from members and others in the community who make contributions to the effort. For some projects and events, however, it is necessary to pay for people’s travel-related expenses to ensure successful outcomes. In these cases, individuals requesting support from the DDI Alliance will need to complete a request for funding. The following guidelines apply in these circumstances.
- The individual requesting funding must possess relevant expertise and experience that will push the project forward. This might include unique technical skills that few people have and that are essential for the meeting or activity. It could also include subject matter expertise and/or institutional knowledge particular to a domain. Examples: RDF skills, modeling skills, expertise in questionnaire development.
- Individuals attending DDI Alliance meetings/activities should aim to be self-funded. However, to ensure that DDI projects are able to be completed on time and to the required quality, funding may be provided to approved individuals as a last resort, subject to available Alliance budget. Individuals should not seek DDI Alliance funding if other funding is available.
- Requests for support are reviewed by the DDI Executive Board and will be granted if a majority of DDI Executive Board members approve the request.
- Funding will cover travel to the meeting/event, and/or travel allowance (including accommodation costs). Individuals supported by the Alliance should make every effort to find the least expensive economy-class airfares and accommodations. Reimbursement of salaries to the individual’s employer will occur in exceptional circumstances only. For questions about reimbursable and non-reimbursable expenses for travel, please see this summary.
- Itemized receipts for all expenses must be submitted for reimbursement within 45 days of incurring the expense (30 days is preferred).
Please read the funding guidelines before completing this form.