New Fund Takes On Humanitarian Projects

Money available for projects that improve the quality of life

6 April 2009

The IEEE Foundation has established the Humanitarian Technology Fund, which will award grants to projects that use technology to improve the quality of life, especially in developing countries.

The fund will support ventures in areas such as power distribution, communications, health services, and disaster relief. IEEE organizational units as well as others outside IEEE may apply for grants.

“This fund gives members the chance to address the needs of the developing world,” says Richard J. Gowen, IEEE Foundation president and 1984 IEEE President. “This is a significant opportunity for IEEE to assist with bringing technology to people in developing areas to improve their lives—which is part of its mission.”

Initial donors to the fund include Gowen, 2009 IEEE President John R. Vig, and 2008 IEEE President Lewis M. Terman.

“I am honored to be a founding contributor to this fund in celebration of IEEE’s 125th anniversary,” Vig says. “We hope other individuals and organizations will be inspired to donate to the fund and to develop innovative technologies that will benefit humanity.”

To learn more, apply for a grant, or contribute to the fund, visit the IEEE Foundation’s Web site. If you have questions about the fund, send them to

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