IEEE Region 10 and IEEE HAC Special Call for Proposals Focused on Addressing Local Needs During COVID Time

IEEE Region 10 and HAC are partnering to conduct a special Call for Proposals in Region 10 to support projects that utilize innovative technology to address the COVID-19 situation while keeping safety as the highest priority. 

Awards of up to US$500 (or actual cost of the project, whichever is less) 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 an innovative, technology-related prototype that addresses local community or local stakeholder organization needs during this COVID time.

If projects have a budget larger than US$500, they may apply for additional funding elsewhere, for example, with the local Section.

The application and review process will be expedited, so that work can start in July 2021. 

With this Call for Proposals, IEEE Region 10 and IEEE HAC aim to engage IEEE members in meaningful humanitarian technology and sustainable development activities, foster the development of IEEE relationships with communities and stakeholders at the grassroots level, and incubate a geographically diverse selection of innovative prototypes that could potentially be scaled up in the future – all with safety as the highest priority.

Primary applicants must be located in IEEE Region 10 and be an IEEE Professional member or higher in good standing. Student members may be secondary applicants.

Projects MUST comply with all national/federal, state, and local guidelines and restrictions. Given the pandemic situation, teams should NOT hold any meetings in person, but rather communicate online or over the phone. This applies to both team meetings and meetings with a local community or local stakeholder organization. This Call for Proposals is NOT a “feet on the ground” activity. All the projects shall be done by all team members keeping their safety at highest priority following protocol on safety and advisories issued by local authorities for the ongoing pandemic. No claim shall be entertained on this by IEEE.

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


30 June 2021

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