The Creative Decisions Foundation (CDF) (, established by Thomas L. Saaty and Rozann W. Saaty in 1996, is a non-profit research organization that aims to spread awareness of The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and the Analytic Network Process (ANP) by sponsoring education, research, and software development in advanced methods of decision making.

CDF has offered to support a limited number of grants for students and Ph. D. candidates who work in AHP/ANP to help them attend the MCDM 2024 conference by awarding a grant that will cover their conference fee.

To apply for a grant,

  • First, the applicant should submit her/his abstract complying with the conference rules before the submission deadline of April 7, 2024, through the conference website submissions page ( The abstract should be related to AHP/ANP.
  • Upon acceptance notification from conference organizers, the applicant should prepare and submit a 6-10 page manuscript, building upon their previously submitted abstractto Ilker Topcu (email: by April 14, 2024. The applicant should also include the received acceptance letter and a brief vita detailing her/his education, professional accomplishments, and level of familiarity with AHP, ANP. Please ensure the subject line of the email message includes “CDF grant” for easy reference.
  • Final step, the Board of CDF will review the submissions and notify the applicants if they received a grant by April 19, 2024. Grantees will be required to affirm by email to the Ilker Topcu before April 23, 2024 that they will be able to attend the conference. After they confirm they may then register for the conference using the CDF Support link on the registration page. Their conference fee will then be forwarded to MCDM from Creative Decisions Foundation.

Grant recipients will have the opportunity to submit their manuscripts for publication in the International Journal of the Analytic Hierarchical Process ( accompanied by a special recognition message from the Board of CDF. The IJAHP journal is indexed in Scopus, so it is helpful to a young researcher’s future to be published here. The user guide about formatting manuscripts for publication in IJAHP can be downloaded at Of course, all manuscripts will still have to go through the usual two blind reviews process of the journal to be accepted for publication.