IEEE SPS & HAC Projects Call for Proposals on Signal Processing Technologies for Local Community Challenges

IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) and IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) are partnering to conduct a special Call for Proposals to support projects in SPS Chapters that utilize signal processing technologies to address local community challenges.

Awards from US$1,000 to US$2,000 will be made to selected projects that present a convincing plan to a) understand the real needs of a local community or local stakeholder organization and b) complete in no more than six months’ time a pilot project utilizing signal processing technologies to address those local community challenges. 

Any local community challenge that can map back to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be considered.

Signal processing is the enabling technology for the generation, transformation, extraction, and interpretation of information. It comprises the theory, algorithms with associated architectures and implementations, and applications related to processing information contained in many different formats broadly designated as signals. Signal processing uses mathematical, statistical, computational, heuristic, and/or linguistic representations, formalisms, modeling techniques and algorithms for generating, transforming, transmitting, and learning from signals.

Projects must have a good connection to the local SPS Chapter and engage a significant number of SPS members. “Significant” will depend on the scope of the project. Project teams should make a concerted effort to involve as many SPS members as appropriate for the project. 

Projects MUST comply with all national/federal, state, and local laws, guidelines, safety codes, and restrictions.

All projects that involve children must follow IEEE Guidelines for Working with Children. Any project funding will be contingent on policy compliance.

Submission Timeline

6 May 2022 – 14 July 2022 at 11:59pm EDT.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via the IEEE HAC/SIGHT Online Funding Opportunities Portal. First time applicants will need to create a user account in order to submit a proposal.

Please download the template files which are required to complete the online proposal

Applicants are encouraged to use the Proposal Complete Checklist to ensure their proposal meets all the criteria to advance to the evaluation stage of the process and be considered for funding.

Resources for Proposal Writing

Applicants may prepare by taking advantage of the HAC/SIGHT educational resources on submitting strong proposals.


Do you have any questions you wish to ask about the potential suitability of your proposal? If in doubt, please contact SPS at before developing and submitting your proposal.