Welcome to RC RUGS 2019, 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 both R User Groups and R focused conferences as a great strength of the R Community.  We will to do all that we can to encourage, promote and support these activities, and we encourage user groups and conference organizers to do all that they can to provide inclusive, safe and welcoming environments where participants and the R language can flourish.

The User Group Program

The 2019 RC RUGS program provides financial support for R User Groups based on their size and the frequency with which they meet. Grants will be 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

The 2019 RC RUGS program will also continue the meetup.com Pro Program in which qualified RUGs who have been approved for some level of sponsorship can elect to have their meetup.com memberships associated with the R Consortium Pro account. RUGS participating in this program will have their meetup.com fees paid for one year following their acceptance into the program. (RUGS who are already members of this program will have their membership extended for twelve months.) 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.

Requirements for participation in the 2019 RC RUGS 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. 

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 if the group elects to also participate 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 if the group also elects to participate in the R Consortium meetup.com Pro Program.

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. and
  • Publish a code of conduct on the conference website along with information about how conference participants can report violations or seek help.
  • 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.

How to Apply to the RC RUGS Program

Apply to the 2019 RC RUGS program by filling out this form. You can email us at rugs@r-consortium.org with any questions around the program. The R Consortium will begin taking applications for the 2019 program on February 1, 2019. The program will stop taking applications on midnight (Pacific Time), October 31, 2019.