What is needed in a Program Proposal to KITP? 

A successful proposal usually contains the following:

  1. A clearly motivated scientific case (2 pages at most) that explains the background to the broader physics audience, the specifics for the specialists on the board, and, sometimes why you think the time is ripe for progress.
  2. Commitments from at least 2 people to be coordinators. A program will not succeed if there is not at least one well-organized coordinator in residence all the time. The best programs have two coordinators in residence all the time.
  3. A sense that the community agrees this is a good idea. This is usually accomplished by sending your draft of 1 + 2 to the community and asking them a few questions:
    • Is the program description broad enough or are some vital subfields missing?
    • If such a program were run, how long would you be likely to come for? (Stays less than three weeks are discouraged). Since no commitments can be made, this is just a preliminary head count.
  4. A justification as to how long a program you feel is needed.

  Questions the Advisory Board tends to Ask:

  1. Is there really an argument that scientific progress will be made because of the program? Is the time ripe?
  2. Are these the right coordinators for this topic? Will they really show up? Will they attract the community?
  3. When was the last time this community used the KITP? If recently, why do they need to come again so soon?
  4. Is the community large enough to populate the program with quality researchers?


  1. It is a good idea to consult members of the Advisory Board or of the KITP.
  2. Full Proposals are reviewed at the KITP Advisory Board meeting each February.
  3. Review these samples of some successful proposals.