Inspiring the Future

                 The 2020 IEEE Foundation Grant Cycle will open
                                           in early March 2020

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The IEEE Foundation invites grant applications exclusively from IEEE organizational units for projects that address the pre-defined theme identified by the IEEE Foundation for each year. The theme aligns with the IEEE Foundation's mission to "enable IEEE programs that enhance technology access, literacy, and education." A joint committee of the IEEE Foundation Board of Directors and the IEEE Life Members Committee reviews the grant applications. Funding is provided from the IEEE Foundation Fund or IEEE Life Members Fund. The IEEE Foundation Board of Directors and the IEEE Life Members Committee make the funding decisions. Decisions are announced in December. If awarded, the grant is to be used solely for the activities specified in the grant application.


Funding Range
Duration of Projects

Submission Deadlines

2020 Foundation Grants Theme

The approved theme for the 2020 Grants Program: To Educate the Public About the Potential for Emerging Technologies to Improve the Quality of Life with preference being given to projects that focus on delivery of healthcare.


Request for Proposals:

Increasingly, Emerging technologies are improving the human condition across a number of disciplines including, but not limited to, biometrics, wearables, artificial intelligence, communications (5G), Internet of Things and data sharing. 


The IEEE Foundation and the IEEE Life Members Committee invite IEEE organizational units (societies, regions, sections, chapters, affinity groups, and student branches) to propose projects that educate the public about the potential for emerging technologies to improve the quality of life. Preference will be given to projects that highlight how emerging technologies play a role in delivery of healthcare.

Projects should engage the public in informal learning environments, such as museums, libraries, community centers, or maker spaces.  Examples of projects are exhibits, public lectures, hands-on demonstrations with students.  Please note that these Grants do not fund research projects.

Applicants should promote understanding of the technology without advocating for specific solutions. They should also include ways to measure a project’s success and promote the project and report on its results.

It may be helpful to involve members who have social media experience. Grant recipients may partner with other groups, but the chief organizers and financial controllers must be IEEE members.

Applications for the 2020 cycle will be accepted from 1 March 2020 through 3 July 2020. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 will be awarded. Funding decisions will be announced by 15 December 2020 for projects with a start date of January 2021.

In evaluating proposals, the Grants Committee will seek to determine the extent to which the proposed project:


  • Provides technical information at a level that can be understood by the general public
  • Reaches a broad cross-section of society
  • Has a well-articulated communications plan, that includes social media, designed to increase awareness and engagement of the target audience
  • Presents, in a neutral and balanced manner, an analysis of the social benefits and costs of deploying the subject technology 
  • Avoids advocating a particular action but encourages and enables participants to make an informed decision
  • Directly involves IEEE members, including, as appropriate, student members
  • Encourages the active participation of the target audience
  • Provides an effective means of determining the effectiveness of the project
  • Matches the IEEE Foundation’s Grant Criteria, which can be found at ieeefoundation.org/Grants
  • Upon completion of the project, IEEE organizational units are expected to submit photos and a short video conveying the essence of the project.


The IEEE Foundation invites grant applications exclusively from IEEE organizational units (as defined in IEEE Bylaws I.107). An IEEE organizational unit is a subset or division of IEEE. IEEE organizational units include sections, regions, societies, affinity groups, student branches, and major boards.

To be eligible to apply for a grant, you must be able to answer YES to ALL of the following questions.

Applying entity:
The Project:
  • Furthers the scientific and educational purposes of IEEE and relates to the fields of interest of IEEE?
  • Addresses the theme identified in the Request for Proposals?
  • Does not include any items on the “What We Don’t Fund” list?
  • Is twelve months or less in duration?

Funding Range

Grants will be awarded for projects requesting funding between US$5,000 and US$100,000.

Duration of Projects

Performance period for funded projects will be limited to no longer than 12 months. The start date of the project must fall after the funding decisions are announced. In 2020, grant recipients will be notified by 15 December 2020.

Submission Deadlines

The IEEE Foundation has one grants cycle each year. Submissions are accepted beginning 1 March 2020 until 3 July 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

If selected for a grant, the grant payment will be released after the funding decision is announced and the Grant Agreement has been signed and returned to the IEEE Foundation. This should be considered during the preparation of grant applications.

Submission Deadline: Funding Decisions Announced by:
3 July 2020 15 December 2020


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