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How to Apply for a Grant

IEEE Foundation grants are made possible thank to our donors who generously donate to the IEEE Foundation General Fund, IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund, or IEEE Life Members FundThe IEEE Foundation awards grants to IEEE units and other charitable organizations for innovative projects that further the scientific and educational purposes of IEEE.

Focus Areas
What We Don't Fund
Grant Criteria
Application Process
Submission Deadlines

Focus Areas

Education is the cornerstone of technological advancement. The IEEE Foundation supports projects that expand and enhance engineering, science and technology education opportunities for students of all ages through mid-career professionals to positively impact workforce development and involvement in IEEE.

Achieving the promise technology holds for tomorrow requires an understanding of the role it plays in our lives today and how it changed "yesterday". The IEEE Foundation supports projects that increase awareness of the impact and influence of early technology on the present and future among the general public. Projects primarily aimed at preserving or studying the history of technology must include plans to disseminate the results.

Progress to a better tomorrow is dependent upon the investment of time, talent, knowledge and resources to improve the human condition. Within its humanitarian focus area, the IEEE Foundation supports projects that implement or disseminate replicable, sustainable, technology-based solutions for humanitarian issues in underserved and underprivileged areas.

The forms of technology supported by the IEEE Foundation fall within the fields of interest of IEEE, which include Engineering, Computer Sciences and Information Technology, Physical Sciences, Biological and Medical Sciences, Mathematics, Technical Communications, Education, Management, Law and Policy .

What We Don't Fund

  • Grants to individuals
  • Operational, overhead, general & administrative or indirect costs
  • Ongoing activities of the applicant
  • Lobbying or electioneering
  • Commercial promotion activities
  • Research & development, including prototypes
  • Construction or building renovations
  • Endowments, scholarships or loans
  • Participation of specific/individual teams at competitions
  • Disaster relief
  • Projects in excess of five years in duration

The IEEE Foundation does not usually fund requests for or that include capital equipment (items of $1500+), salaries (staff, contractors or stipends) or travel. For these expenses to be funded, the project must be deemed worthy and the expenses must be integral to the success of the project.

Grant Criteria

  • Addresses a well-defined need
  • Will make a noticeable impact
  • Expected beneficiaries are explained
  • Geographic area to be affected is identified
  • Plan for successful completion is clear and realistic
  • Measurable outcomes are stated
  • Project Leader has expertise to conduct project
    Note: Project Leaders & Team members cannot be a member or family member of the IEEE Foundation Board of Directors or IEEE Life Members Committee
  • Involves IEEE members (preferred, not required)
  • Applying organization is qualified to oversee the project and agrees to the terms & conditions
    Note: IEEE Student Branches must obtain approval from its IEEE Section prior to submitting a grant application.    
  • Budget is realistic and includes only allowable expenses (refer to: What We Don’t Fund)
  • Support from other sources for the project (preferred, not required)

During the evaluation of a grant application, input may be sought from IEEE Units that have expertise and knowledge in the areas of submitted applications.

Application Process

If you can answer YES to ALL of the following questions, access the Online Grant Application system through the "Apply Now - Online Forms" link on either the top or left navigation bars. Incomplete grant applications will be returned and not reviewed.

Applying entity:
Is either an IEEE unit or a charitable organization?
Agrees to the Grant Reporting Guidelines?
Accepts the Grant Payment Terms & Conditions?

The Project:
Is innovative, fits within one or more of the focus areas and relates to the fields of interest of IEEE?
Does not include any items on the “What We Don’t Fund” list?
Is five years or less in duration?

Grants are awarded from three sources - IEEE Foundation General Fund, IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund and IEEE Life Members Fund. The IEEE Foundation Board of Directors and the IEEE Life Members Committee make the funding decisions. Decisions are announced approximately twenty weeks after the grant application submission deadline. If awarded, the grant is to be used solely for the activities specified in the grant application.

Submission Deadlines

The IEEE Foundation reviews grant applications in two cycles per year. Submissions are accepted until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the deadline dates. Applications received after the deadline will be included for consideration in the next cycle.

If selected for a grant, the grant payment will not be released until after the funding decision is announced. This should be considered during the preparation of grant applications.

Deadline: Funding Decisions Announced by:
Friday, 7 March 2014 Friday, 4 August 2014
Friday, 1 August 2014 Friday, 12 December 2014


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