Does Your IEEE Group Need Money for a Project?

IEEE’s grants program supports activities that promote technology’s role in solving global issues

24 February 2017

If your IEEE organizational unit has an idea for a project that will increase the public’s understanding or appreciation of technology, but needs funds to implement it, IEEE wants to help.

The IEEE Foundation and the IEEE Life Members committee seek proposals from IEEE organizational units (societies, regions, sections, chapters, affinity groups, and student branches) for projects that promote the public’s understanding of how science and technology are being used—or could be used—to address global challenges. These projects can help in a number of areas, including energy, cybersecurity, health care, and sustainability.

Applicants should promote the understanding of the technology without advocating for specific solutions. They should also come up with ways to measure a project’s success, and ideas for promoting the project. It would be helpful to involve those who have social media experience to promote it.

Grant recipients may partner with other groups, but the chief organizers of the project and those who control the finances must be IEEE members. Once the project is completed, grant recipients must submit a report on its results and include photos and a short video conveying its essence.

Approximately US $372,000 in grants will be awarded this year, ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 for each project. Funding for the grants comes from the IEEE Life Members Fund as well as donations from IEEE members and other supporters of the IEEE Foundation.

Last year $292,000 in grants were awarded to nine projects. The IEEE New York Section and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum received $62,050 for their joint project, “Drones: A Limitless Future,” which includes building an exhibit scheduled to open on 10 May. The IEEE History Center will hold related teacher training programs later this year.

The IEEE Ottawa Section received $30,000 for its project, “Virtual Histories of Disability and Technology.” The money will go toward a series of virtual exhibits exploring the historical impact of technology as it relates to helping people with disabilities.

A $17,000 grant went to the IEEE Buenaventura (Calif.) Section for its “Graceful Aging With Technology” program, which aims to raise awareness of how technology can help the elderly as their mobility and cognitive functions begin to diminish with age.

Applications are due by 15 July for projects that will be executed next year. Recipients will be notified by 8 December. Additional information, as well as the proposal submission portal, can be found on the IEEE Foundation’s website.

As chair of the joint IEEE Foundation/IEEE Life Members Committee’s grants committee, I look forward to reading about your innovative proposals.

An active volunteer for 40 years, Senior Member David G. Green serves on the IEEE Foundation board. He is on the IEEE Collabratec steering committee and the IEEE Conferences committee, and he is a member of IEEE–Eta Kappa Nu, the organization’s honor society.

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