Information for those applying for MAJ R&D grants

Schedule

Deadline for submission : 22 February, 2020 [New!]
Announcements of the decisions :  the end of March, 2020 (or before if all goes well!)

Criteria

Applications will be accepted from individuals, groups or commercial developers. Any current member of MAJ or any person belonging to a current sponsor company, apart from those on the vetting committee, are eligible to apply for and receive an award.

If past recipients failed to carry out their plan or post links to the results then they are barred from applying again.
One submission is allowed for one person. In principle, the maximum total amount for one submission is 200,000 yen.

The application must:

1. Describe the functionality.

2. Explain how the functionality would ameliorate a specific problem.

3. Provide a timeline for its development, which includes specific times to report progress along with the target starting dates of the alpha and beta stages, projected maintenance costs as future versions of the core Moodle code are released.

4. Provide a chronology concerning attempts at development so far.

5. Specify the desired amount of support and provide a rough breakdown of how the funds would be spent.

6. Specify the expected number of users of the functionality.

7. Mention your personal data, CV, previous development experience, MAJ membership type and the expiry date of your membership.

8. Provide the URL where your resultant product of your previous grant is released (only if you are a previous awardee).

9. Note how many people are currently using the MAJ sponsored research if you are applying for continuing assistance (only if you are a previous awardee).

Applications will receive particularly favorable consideration if they:

10. Provide a functionality that is particularly needed in Japan.

11. Build a closer relationship between Moodle Japan and Moodle HQ (i.e. involves an internship, visit, or coordination with Moodle HQ)

12. Show a plan for ongoing maintenance and improvement without continued MAJ support.

Procedure

a. The awardee will receive the amount determined by the judging committee. (We assume that the funds would mostly go towards payment for time spent on the development, although other uses such as paying for hosting services, or travel to Moodle Headquarters, etc. could also be considered legitimate uses.)

b. Priority will be given to projects that would improve the functionality for use in Japan or other Asian areas. See the "Improvements I'd like to see" wiki for matters of current concern.

c. Applications may be made in either Japanese or English

d. See the MAJ site (=this page) for the guidelines and application deadline.

e. All applications shall be vetted by the vetting panel.

f. The resultant product must be released as GPL code and posted for distribution on the moodle.org plugins database or any appropriate Moodle Japan sites within one year of acceptance.It is expected that the grant-subsidized project results will be reported/presented in the subsequent Moodlemoot and a one-page report of research results in A4 size will be submitted at the same time. In the one-page report please itemize how the money was spent and ideally attach receipt copies.

g. After writing your proposal in a word processor, paste it into the application form at the link below.

Apply here. こちらで申し込む