IEEE HAC/SIGHT Projects Call for Proposals Focused on COVID-19 Response and Pressing Community Need

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the world in an unprecedented manner, and as such, HAC/SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology) are offering a Call for Proposals to support IEEE member grassroots humanitarian technology and sustainable development projects that utilize technology to address local challenging realities of the COVID-19 situation and any pressing need affecting the targeted communities.

As the pandemic has not only affected health, but also exacerbated poverty and laid bare systemic inequality throughout the world, HAC/SIGHT are prioritizing immediate impact, poverty mitigation and inequality reduction through the following project areas:

  • Food Security
  • Infection Control Devices
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Medical Devices
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Sustainable Power Sources
  • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
  • NEW for this Call: Other issues of pressing community need

Given the rapidly evolving situation and focus on immediate impact, HAC/SIGHT will make awards of US$1,000 up to US$5,000 per project. Projects that have previously been awarded funding by HAC/SIGHT may apply for up to US$5,000 in scale-up funding if they have 1) successfully completed their project, 2) submitted all reporting requirements, and 3) can provide sufficient justification to scale up. Requests for scale-up funding of more than US$5,000 may be considered if these requirements are met and a compelling case is made.

Term of funding: Up to 6 months following the project start date. Scale-up projects may be granted up to 12 months following the project start date, depending on the necessary timeline.

All applicants should take the Message from IEEE on coronavirus COVID-19 into consideration when preparing their proposal, particularly “We request that all members avoid conducting in-person activities in areas impacted by the coronavirus threat and instead maximize the use of our online and virtual alternatives.”


  • Applications may be submitted starting 12 July 2021 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage applicants to submit their proposals as soon as they can. 
  • Final deadline to submit: 16 August 2021 at 11:59pm EDT.

Call for Proposals

IEEE HAC/SIGHT Call for Proposals Focused on COVID-19 Response and Pressing Community Need

How to Apply


See the following presentation on characteristics of a great proposal, tips on completing the project assessment matrix, and common proposal pitfalls and how to avoid them.

HAC/SIGHT Projects Funded in 2020

In 2020, HAC/SIGHT held a Special Call for Proposals to support grassroots humanitarian technology and sustainable development projects that addressed the COVID-19 situation by IEEE members in their local communities. See this page for more details.

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