For 2017, the IEEE Foundation Grants Program will invest approximately $372,000 to raise awareness and understanding of science and technology and their potential to address a global challenge.


2017 Theme & Request for Proposals (RFPs): Raise awareness and understanding of science and technology and their potential to address a global challenge.

Proposals are invited from IEEE Organizational Units for projects that promote public understanding about how science and technology are being or could be used to address global challenges – including energy, cybersecurity, security, health care and sustainability.

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

What is not funded by the IEEE Foundation:

  • Organizations that are not a division of IEEE
  • Overhead (general & administrative or indirect costs)
  • Ongoing activities or operational costs of the applicant
  • Construction or building renovations (unless it is an extraordinary strategic initiative)
  • Lobbying or electioneering
  • Commercial promotion activities
  • Personal or commercial loans
  • Grants with an individual as the sole beneficiary
  • Scholarships to individuals
  • Endowments
  • Participation of specific/individual teams at competitions
  • Research & development, including prototypes to address humanitarian issues
  • Immediate disaster relief efforts


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.

Funding Available

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

Project duration: Performance period for funded projects will belimited to no longer than 12 months. The start date of the project must fall after the funding decisions are announced.  In 2017, grant recipients will be notified by 15 December 2017.

Useful Links

Full details regarding the IEE Foundation Grants Program


CORIS Internal Deadline for Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Checklist Deadline July 07, 2017
Submission to sponsor July 15, 2017 11:59 PM (ET)

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator