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Grants For R Language Infrastructure Projects Available Now!

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Round two is here! The R Consortium Infrastructure Steering Committee (ISC) orchestrates two rounds of proposal calls and grant awards per year to fortify the R ecosystem’s technical infrastructure. We have one key goal: to make meaningful infrastructure improvements that serve the R community. 

ISC’s Call for Proposals opens on September 1, 2023. Send in your submission! 

We’re reaching out to the extended R community to tap into your expertise and insights. What areas do you think need attention to extend R’s capabilities? Do you see emerging domains where R could significantly impact? Whether in Climate Science, Engineering, Finance, Medicine, or any other discipline, your ideas could spark innovations that advance the field and broaden the R community. 

Technical Infrastructure projects that have been funded include:

  • R-hub is a centralized tool for checking R packages
  • Testing DBI and improving key open-source database backends.
  • Improvements in packages such as mapview and sf 
  • Improving Translations in R
  • Ongoing infrastructural development for R on Windows and macOS

Social Infrastructure projects include:

  • SatuRDays bootstrapping a system for local R conferences.
  • Data-Driven Discovery and Tracking of R Consortium Activities

The ISC is interested in projects that:

  • Are likely to have a broad impact on the R community.
  • Have a focused scope (a good example is the Simple Features for R project). If you have a larger project, consider breaking it into smaller chunks (a good example is with the DBI/DBItest project submission, where multiple proposals came in overtime to address the various needs).
  • Have a low-to-medium risk with a low-to-medium reward. The ISC tends not to fund high-risk, high-reward projects.

Key Dates for 2023

Second Grant Cycle: September 1 to October 1, acceptance by November 1, contract by December 1.

Review Process

The Chair of the ISC and committee members will review all proposals. Results will be announced as per the schedule above, and all funded projects will feature on the R Consortium blog.

Final Thoughts

Let’s enrich the R landscape, amplifying its utility across various sectors. The time is ripe, and your ideas could be the seeds of transformation. We look forward to your active participation.

Apply now and be part of shaping the future of R! You can read more about ISC Grant Proposal application process here.

ISC Call for Proposals – Now Accepting Applications

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The first 2022 call for proposals for R Consortium Infrastructure Steering (ISC) grants is now open and will be accepting proposals through May 1, 2022. This year, the R Consortium has restructured its grant programs to allow the ISC to focus on technical projects. If you are contemplating a technical project that you think will have a significant impact on a relatively large segment of the R Community, please apply for a grant at the link above where you will find guidance on the kinds of projects the ISC is looking for, instructions on how to apply, as well information on the grant process. 

Select “Funded Projects” from the “Projects” tab on the R Consortium home page. You will see a pull down box that points you to the previous projects funded by the ISC. Searching through these projects is not only a great way to review the history of ISC funding, but also a place to look for inspiration. 

A typical ISC grant ranges between $5,000 and $20,000 and is structured in such a way that intermediate milestones correspond to meaningful work. If you look through the history of what the ISC funded in the past, you will find several examples of important projects that received additional grants over time. The ISC occasionally awards larger grants, but if you are seeking a large grant your best strategy is still to structure your project in a way that delivers value by way of intermediate milestones.

Since our first ISC call for proposals in 2016, the R Consortium has awarded $1.4M in grants. Help us help you make the R ecosystem even more awesome by organizing the good work that you may already be doing in a way that could be accelerated with a grant.

Note, if you are seeking funding for an R User Group, a conference, or for delivering a training session please don’t apply for an ISC grant. Instead, apply for a grant at the R User Groups, Conferences, and Training page.

The 2021 RUGS Program is Live!

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source: R User Groups on – 35 countries • 85 groups • 65,200+ members

The R Consortium is excited to announce the 2021 R User Group and Small Conference Support Program (RUGS). We give grants to help R groups around the world organize, share information and support each other.  We are now accepting applications!

Find out details and apply now: R User Groups Support Program (RUGS)

Because of the limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic on face-to-face meetings, the RUGS program has accordingly shifted its application criteria. The changes are intended to continue to support the energy and creativity of R groups around the globe but focus on virtual and remote solutions.

Changes to the 2021 RUGS program are as follows: 

  • Free access to R Consortium Meetup Pro account
    • Manage and build events/meetings 
    • Analytics on events and networks 
    • Organize communications with your team
  • Tiers of grants no longer specified. Draft a proposal including your requested grant amount and purpose

The RUGS 2021 User Group Grants program will award grants in two parts. First, R user groups not affiliated with the RUGS Pro will be enrolled with dues covered by the R Consortium for twelve months. Groups will be eligible for a cash award of up to $500. 

The RUGS Small Conference Support program will award grants of up to $1,000 to conferences arranged by non-profit or volunteer organizations. 

In order to participate in the R Consortium RUGS program (generally smaller organizations), user groups must meet the following criteria:

  • Have R as a primary focus 
  • Adhere to R Consortium Code of Conduct 
  • Use RUGS Pro program to announce and track meetings
  • One blog post per year 
  • Completed W9 Form (US applicants) or Wire Transfer form (non-US)

To participate in the small conference support program (generally slightly larger organizations), conference organizers must agree to the following criteria: 

  • Have R as a primary focus
  • Adhere to R Consortium Code of Conduct
  • Publish a code of conduct on conference website, including violation or help report option
  • Acknowledge R Consortium as a sponsor, showcasing R Consortium logo on event site
  • Post event blog post with summary of key metrics for possible publication on R Consortium blog.
  • Offer R Consortium same benefits that other sponsors at the same level of support are offered.

For more information and/or to apply, please visit the R User Groups Support Program (RUGS) page on our website.

There’s still time! The 2021 RUGS program began accepting applications on January 28, 2021, and will continue to take applications through September 30, 2021. 

Get Funded by the R Consortium – Call for Proposals Open Now!

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Strengthen the R community with Your Project

The R Consortium is committed to supporting the R community by funding projects that create important infrastructure and fortify long term stability for the R Community. The R Consortium’s Infrastructure Steering Committee (ISC) has developed a grant program that looks to help the broader R community.

The Call for Proposals opens today, September 13, 2019, and runs for a full month, through October 14, 2019.

This is the fourth year of funding, and over $1,000,000 has been given out in sponsorships and grants.

We encourage you to apply, even those without experience applying for grants.

Apply now!

In this round, the ISC is looking for projects that:

  • Are likely to have a broad impact on the R community.
  • Have a focused scope. Simple is better than over-ambitious. Larger projects can often be broken up into smaller steps.

The process for submitting a proposal has been has been updated annually to ensure that the process is as smooth as possible. Full details on proposal requirements, examples of previous projects, suggestions for what to avoid, and more, are included here.

Any questions about the proposals or submission process, please write to

Apply now!

R Consortium Community Grants and Sponsorships Top USD $1,000,000

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Fall Grant Application Cycle Starts September 2019

SAN FRANCISCO, August 28, 2019 – The R Consortium, a Linux Foundation project supporting the R Foundation and R community, today announced a major milestone of $1,000,000 in grants and sponsorships approved. This includes both grants for R projects like R-hub, R-Ladies, RC RUGS, and many more, and community event sponsorships, like financial support for useR! 2019, R Cascadia, R/Medicine, and other R events large and small worldwide. The nonprofit organization also announced that they will begin accepting Fall Grant Cycle proposals starting September 2019.

Grants are awarded in areas of software development, developing new teaching materials, documenting best practices, standardising APIs or other areas of research that “broadly help the R community.” Full details for submitting a proposal, deadlines, and a list of previously funded projects is available at:

“The goal of the R Consortium is to strengthen the R community by improving infrastructure and building for long term stability,” said Hadley Wickham, Infrastructure Steering Committee Chair, R Consortium. “The grants help support important projects that impact many R users through better software and stronger communities. We are so grateful for the immense work that the R community does and so happy that we can contribute back.”

Example sponsorship and grant recipients include:

  • R-hub, a centralised tool for checking R packages;
  • R-Ladies, a world-wide organization whose mission is to promote diversity in the R community;
  • RC RUGS, the R Consortium’s R user group and small conference support program;
  • SatRDays, bootstrapping a system for local R conferences;
  • Testing DBI and improving key open source database backends.

A complete list of projects that previously received grants is available at

“In the R-hub project we created and operate a multi-platform build and check service for R packages, free to use for everyone in the R community, thanks to the support of the R Consortium,” said Gábor Csárdi, software engineer at RStudio, and author and maintainer of R-hub. “As of today R-hub supports 20 platforms on four operating systems (macOS, Windows, Linux, Solaris), and since its start it has handled 68,000 submissions, for more than 3,000 different R packages, from more than 2,000 package maintainers. It has become a key tool for R developers around the world.”

“Thanks to R Consortium for their support in helping R-Ladies grow to 167 groups in 47 countries with close to 50,000 members,” said Gabriela de Queiroz, Senior Engineering and Data Science Manager at IBM and Founder of R-Ladies. “With their support, we’re able to help people who identify as underrepresented minority achieve their programming potential through our network of R leaders, mentors, and learners.”

“RC RUGS is able to focus on supporting user groups and smaller conferences around the world, filling a real need to support grass-roots organizations that are not in large cities or other well-known locations. There are great R communities around the world in many different locations. This year we are delighted to see user groups applying from Latin America, Africa, South Asia and other underserved regions throughout the world,” said Joseph Rickert, R Consortium Director and administrator of the program. “We are trying very hard to connect R users with limited resources into the greater R Community”. 

The 2019 Fall grant cycle open September 2019. More information on submitting a proposal for a grant is available at:

About The R Consortium 

The R Consortium is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization and Linux Foundation project dedicated to the support and growth of the R user community. The R Consortium provides support to the R Foundation and to the greater R Community for projects that assist R package developers, provide documentation and training, facilitate the growth of the R Community and promote the use of the R language. For more information about R Consortium, please visit: