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IEEE SIGHT Projects – 2020 Call for Proposals

SIGHT Projects GraphicThe IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) provides a suite of resources that inspire and enable is tasked with supporting the IEEE Board-endorsed vision of IEEE volunteers around the world to carrying out and/or supporting impactful humanitarian and sustainable development activities at the local level. – i.e. “feet on the ground.” One of the means by which IEEE HAC accomplishes this goal is funds the activities of the SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology) program, a global network of IEEE volunteers that partner with underserved communities and local organizations to address societal challenges through the exploitation of technology in the sustainable development and humanitarian technology space. 

SIGHT Project funding enables IEEE SIGHT groups to:

  • Incubate new humanitarian technology and sustainable development projects;
  • Localize and replicate proven SIGHT projects;
  • Put technological skills learned in the classroom or workplace into practice, gaining valuable hands-on experience;
  • Partner with local government or NGOs to develop solutions for challenges faced by under-served communities.

The IEEE SIGHT Projects Subcommittee will review proposals with budgets between $1,000 and US$19,999. All proposals must be submitted by an existing SIGHT group.

Proposals that address one or more UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a coherent way and take a holistic, community-based approach that considers relevant environmental, cultural, socio-economic & infrastructural issues and policy priorities. Proposals must demonstrate consultation with and a clear understanding of the needs of target communities, and demonstrate a needs-driven approach to strengthening local capacity through technology deployment.

Terms of funding: Up to 12 months following the project start date.

Any proposal which requests (i) funding of less than $1,000 OR more than $19,999, (ii) is incomplete, (iii) does not have active local community involvement and “local” IEEE Volunteer involvement (iv) is not submitted by a SIGHT group or (v) for which a completed IEEE SIGHT Projects Budget Form is not submitted will not be reviewed. All proposals must disclose if an identical or similar proposal is currently under evaluation for funding elsewhere. 

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

All who submit a proposal for funding must disclose any significant financial interest (and that of their immediate family) during the proposal submission process.


  • Submission deadline for Call 1 is 16 March 2020
  • Submission deadline for Call 2 is 18 May 2020
  • Submission deadline for Call 3 is 17 August 2020

Please review the 2020 Call for Proposals for more details.

How to Submit

Please submit via the IEEE HAC & SIGHT online funding portal. The following template files will be required as part of your online application:


If you have questions about what kind of projects SIGHT funds, would like to learn about projects that have been funded in the past, or would like to use some of the supplementary templates to strengthen your proposal, visit the SIGHT toolkit.

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