Welcome to RC RUGS 2018, the R Consortium’s R User Group and Small Conference Support Program. We at the R Consortium fervently believe that nothing is more effective than face-to-face meetings for people to learn about each other, learn from each other, and set and accomplish common goals. We value R User Groups and R focused conferences as a great strength of the R Community and we will to do all that we can to encourage, promote and support them.

The User Group Program

While the overall structure of the program is modeled on programs from previous years, 2018 RC RUGS program has been expanded to include small conferences and add new user group benefits. As before, the 2018 RC RUGS program provides financial support for R User Groups based on their size and the frequency with which they meet. Grants are awarded for three categories of user groups:

  • Vector level, for small and brand new groups
  • Matrix level, for moderate size groups
  • Array level, for large, established groups that have thousands of members and meet frequently

R Consortium meetup.com Pro Program

A major new benefit for participating user groups is to have their meetup.com fees paid by the R Consortium. Through its relationship with the Linux Foundation, the R Consortium has qualified for a meetup.com Pro account that enables RUGs who elect to have their meetup.com memberships associated with the R Consortium Pro account have their meetup.com fees paid for one year following their acceptance into the program. Vector level groups can elect to participate in this R Consortium meeup.com Pro membership at no charge. Matrix and Array level groups who wish to participate in will have their cash grants reduced according to the schedule below.

Basic Requirements for participation in the 2018 RC RUG Program

To participate in the RC RUGS program a user group must meet the following criteria. The group must:

  • Have R as a primary focus
  • Adhere to the code of conduct published on the R Consortium website.
  • Have a public website that provides information about meetings and the number of people attending each meeting. (We recommend establishing an account with meetup.com but the use of that site is not a requirement. Please indicate if you are not using meetup.com)
  • Acknowledge the R Consortium as a sponsor and display the R Consortium logo on the group’s website
  • Agree to have its organizers group send one email per quarter to all of its members containing a message from the R Consortium.

Requirements and Grants by User Group Level

Vector Level

Vector level support is for new and small groups. The minimum requirements for Vector level support are:

  • At least five people in the group
  • A public webpage which indicates the number of people in the group, the dates and content of the meetings, and the number of people who register to attend each meeting.

Vector level grants will be US $150 whether or not a group elects to participate in the R Consortium meetup.com membership.

Matrix Level

Matrix level support requires:

  • A group website with the same features as described above for the Vector level
  • At least three group meetings in the six months prior to applying for support
  • A minimum of fifty people attending each of the three meetings

Matrix level grants will be either US $500 or US $320 and participation in the R Consortium meetup.com Pro Program.

Array Level

Array level support* requires:

  • A group website with the same features as described above for the Vector level
  • At least three group meetings in the six months prior to applying for support
  • A minimum of one-hundred people attending each of the three meetings

Array level grants will be either US $1,000 or US $820 and participation in the R Consortium meetup.com Pro Program.

Wire Transfer Costs

The R Consortium will $25 to each grant amount awarded to RUGS outside of the United States in order to help defray the wire transfer costs associated with receiving the grant.

Small Conference Support Program

Small conferences include conferences expected to attract less than two hundred participants that are being organized and promoted by non-profit or volunteer groups.

In addition to showing evidence of significant R related content in the talks and meetings at the conference, to be eligible for support conference organizers must agree to:

  • Adhere to the R Consortium’s Code of Conduct
  • Acknowledge the R Consortium as a sponsor and display the R Consortium logo on the conference website.
  • Provide at least one full admission ticket for an R Consortium member.
  • Offer the R Consortium the same benefits that conference offers to other sponsors at the same level of support.

Period of 2018 RC RUGS Program

The R Consortium will begin taking applications for the 2018 program on February 1, 2018. The program will close on midnight Pacific Time, September 30, 2018.

How to Apply to the RC RUGS Program

Apply to the 2018 RC RUGS program by filling out this form. You can email us at rugs@r-consortium.org with any questions around the program.