Call for MMF-Sponsored Events

The Money Macro and Finance Society (MMF) has for several years run two concurrent competitions for financial support for conferences or workshops, and we are doing so again for events in calendar year 2022. These may be face-to-face, fully online, or blended events.

The proposals for both calls will be judged against the same quality standards. The submission deadline is Friday 24 September 2021. Decisions will be made in November.

Applicants should provide a two or three -page outline (proposed programme of speakers, location, co-funding secured and budget).  Submissions should be made to the secretary@mmf.ac.uk.

The criteria used to evaluate both proposals follow.

  • Conferences should be open to all MMF members, although practical limits on audience size may apply.
  • Proposals should show demonstrably high research quality, substantial UK academic involvement and relevance to the selected topic.
  • We look for proposals that have a substantial but not necessarily exclusive emphasis on the UK experience.
  • Priority will be given to proposals that involve more than one institution and draw on a combination of academic and non-academic participants.
  • We welcome co-funding, but will not support proposals that are already fully funded, or are part of a wider programme or event.
  • Events may be face-to-face, fully online, or blended.
  • The event should take place in the calendar year 2022.

 

Call 1:  Specific topic

We invite proposals for financial support for two one -day conferences or workshops on specific high-profile issues. We offer up to £3,000 together with audience travel costs for UK-based academics for each event, to allow the organisers to, eg, bring in high-quality speakers from Europe or elsewhere, perhaps with some additional co-funding.  If we get several outstanding proposals, we may decide to sequence them beyond one calendar year.

Specific topic: The World after Covid

The pandemic remains the dominant influence on the world economy.  So events that focus on the long-run impact and policy responses are particularly invited, including but not restricted to

  • Structural changes in labour and other markets.
  • Appropriate fiscal and monetary policies.
  • Longer term impacts on deprivation and workplace or economic inequalities.

We welcome proposals that aim to cover these or similar issues that emphasise the unusual aspects of the current situation.

 

Call 2:  General

We invite proposals for financial support for one or two-day conferences or workshops on any money, macroeconomic or financial topics.  We offer financial support up to £1,500 as well as audience travel costs for UK-based academics.

 

Cost estimates

While there is still uncertainty about the effects of the pandemic, applicants may wish to provide costings for both face-to-face and online events. The maximum should be seen as appropriate only for a high quality face-to-face event. In the event that regulations forbid in-person events, we would then need to know how much a virtual alternative would cost.  Additionally, if the number of events exceeding our quality threshold is high and our budget is exhausted, this would also offer the opportunity to fund more events.

We can also offer the use of our Zoom account, which will further reduce costs.

 

EDI policy

At the MMF we immensely value equality and diversity and are fully committed to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience. We aim to organise and support events that are welcoming to people with diverse backgrounds and identities. We therefore ask that organisers of workshops and conferences take note of these aims when planning and submitting proposals to the MMF for funding.

We warmly welcome proposals that ensure there is tangible diversity and inclusivity in the programme and in the proposed line-up of participants. Events with final programmes that do not demonstrate this (for example having multiple keynote speakers none of whom are women) will generally not be supported or funded by MMF, although if there are overwhelming reasons why EDI cannot be achieved this may be spelt out in the proposal.

We reserve the retrospective rights not to fund events that do not adhere to our policy nor to endorse or publicise events that lack diversity.