If your IEEE group has an idea for a project that promotes awareness of technology’s role in society, the IEEE Foundation wants to help. This year it seeks to fund projects that “increase the public’s understanding of technology and its critical role in meeting global challenges and improving the human condition.” Included among the technical issues that can be addressed are energy conservation, health care, cybersecurity, and Internet governance.
This year the Foundation, in partnership with the IEEE Life Members Committee, will award up to 20 grants totaling approximately US $400,000, with amounts ranging from $5,000 to $100,000, depending on the project. The money will go to IEEE sections, societies, chapters, or affinity groups. Proposals will be accepted until 1 August, and the Foundation will notify recipients by 11 December.
To be eligible, projects should result in the creation of materials and activities suitable for one or more of the following: preuniversity or college students, teachers, IEEE groups, local community groups, or technology policymakers.
Grants awarded last year went to projects that included the IEEE MadC mobile app contest for IEEE student members, a massive open online course about standards development (which will debut later this year on EdX, a provider of free online classes), and the eighth annual IEEEXtreme student programming competition.
To learn more about the grants program and read about other projects funded by the Foundation, visit its website.