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The annual National Science Foundation's East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) program has been cancelled for 2018. https://www.nsf.gov/about/budget/fy2018/pdf/10_fy2018.pdf For EAPSI alumni from 2016 and before, we were all notified that the program would be cancelled for our individual host countries, and the NSF budget report confirms that it is cancelled for all host countries for 2018.
For any current or former EAPSI applicants, how did you word the initial contact with prospective host researchers? I can't decide which of the following options is more appropriate and likely to be well-received: "I propose to research XYZ using methods XYZ. Would you be willing to host me and fund the proposed research?" "My general interests are XYZ. Do you have any ongoing projects in this research area that I could participate in during summer 2017?" I feel like Option 2 is more polite, but Option 1 conveys a "go-getter" perspective that could be desirable in certain circumstances. Unfortunately, my field of study/research methodology (field-based environmental science) requires costly equipment and support personnel that would not be covered by EAPSI funding, so asking the host to provide these (boldface in Option 1) is an elephant in the room that cannot be ignored. Does anyone have an opinion and/or insight into how you handled this when you were applying? Thanks in advance!