Call for Grant Proposals

Maurice LING mauriceling at
Fri Jul 30 00:53:38 CEST 2004


I have a few questions to ask about this grant and I've emailed this to 
psf-grant at but had no replies yet. Maybe someone authoritative 
from PSF can help me out in this or anyone can put in some comments.

I am currently a postgraduate student in the University of Melbourne, 
Australia, and would like to put forward a proposal for the PSF Grant 
this year. However before I can do so, I have some queries regarding the 
nature of this grant and its impact on my research work, which will be 
precipitating to a degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

1. Is there a requirement to release the deliverables, including, 
software, source codes, specifications and documentation, to the general 
public using any of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) approved open 
source licences?

2. Will there be any form of intellectual property claims, including, 
copyrights, trade marks, patents, on any form of work generated from the 
PSF Grant by the Python Software Foundation (PSF) or any of its 
associates? If so, what are the precise nature of it? This is important 
as it may injure the research work and subsequently, the resultant 
thesis and publications directing towards the award of my degree.

3. On the website (, it is 
stated that the project of which the grant is granted for must be 
completed by October 30, 2005. In event of failure to meet, what will be 
the penalities?

4. From Question 3, what constitutes partial failure or complete failure 
of the project?

5. From Question 4, it is stated on the website 
( that a delivery plan is 
essential in the proposal. How will delay in delivery affect the payment 
plan and the grant on the whole?

6. Can the PSF Grant be used to generate proprietary work and yet, 
furthering the development of Python, Python-related technology, and 
educational resources? An example of such is the development of a 
proprietary Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

Awaiting for you replies.

Warmest regards,
Maurice Ling

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