IEEE Foundation Funding Requests

IEEE Foundation Funding Requests

Need Funding?

  • Is your IEEE program in need of funding?
  • Perhaps you have more project ideas than your IEEE budget can support?
  • Maybe your program needs funding to scale up its activity?

If your IEEE Organizational Unit (OU) finds itself in any of these situations, the IEEE Foundation may be able to help. 

Within the IEEE Foundation’s portfolio, there is funding available from which the IEEE Foundation Board invests in philanthropic programs/projects of IEEE OUs that are expected to result in measurable and lasting impacts.

We invite your OU to apply for funding from us. To ensure we consider your request, please read through the following details and requirements before preparing your request.

Submitting a Funding Request

IEEE OUs interested in requesting funding may submit a proposal at any time by completing the Funding Request Proposal Form and sending it to the the Foundation Office email alias: Please note, when submitting requests best practice is to provide at least 2-3 months lead time prior to the start of your project/event in order to account for the Foundation's review process as outlined below.

To complete the form, you will need the following information:

  • Project Title of the activity
  • The name of the IEEE OU (Section, Society, Major Board, Chapter, etc) submitting the request
  • The name(s) of the activity’s leader(s) with contact information
  • Statement of need – One to two sentence summary of the activity
  • Amount requested
  • Expected impacts via metrics – standard metrics include number of people impacted, number of projects deployed and volunteer hours
  • Brief description of how the program will recognize the IEEE Foundation in the promotion of the program
  • Description of the activity - Up to a two-page description of the program’s goals and milestones
  • Brief outline of the project budget

Review Process Employed by the IEEE Foundation

Once the proposal is submitted: 

  1. The Foundation’s Executive Director and Programs Manager will review all proposals against the request details and requirements as noted above.
  2. Proposals that pass the initial screening will be presented to the IEEE Foundation’s Programs Committee during the next regularly scheduled Committee meeting. Meetings are typically held 2-3 weeks in advance of the IEEE Foundation's Board Meetings. See schedule below.
  3. Proposals endorsed by the Programs Committee will be presented to the IEEE Foundation Board for final decision during its next regularly scheduled Board Meeting. The upcoming IEEE Foundation Board Meeting schedule is as follows:

    15 & 16 February 2024
    9 May 2024
    17 & 18 July 2024
    18 & 19 November 2024

  4. Funding decisions will be announced within two to three weeks after the Board Meeting.
  5. An IEEE Foundation grant agreement with specified payment terms will be executed with all funded requests.