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What sources of funding are available from IEEE?

Numerous groups within IEEE offer funding to support activities and projects. The shear number of potential sources can sometimes make it difficult to determine where to look when seeking funding. In addition to talking with your local Section, Chapter, Affinity Group, or Student Branch about funding, you can also explore some of these other sources.

Check for funding from other IEEE sources outside of your own group!

When reviewing potential funding sources, please be aware that many groups within IEEE offer funding opportunities for pre-university STEM, university students, young professionals, and women. Many groups within IEEE will also offer funding for current, pressing social issues. If you only review the links provided by your own group for these categories, then you are likely to miss multiple funding opportunities. For example, in addition to the obvious source of Student funding that is listed under the “Student Funding” heading, funding is also available from Region 3, from the Technical Societies, from the Life Member Affinity Group, and from several of the sources listed under “Other IEEE Sources.” Look for opportunities to collaborate with other groups within IEEE. Not only are they a source of funding, they can also be a valuable source of knowledge and connections. Learning to collaborate with others outside of your immediate circle is one of the most “game-changing” skills that you can learn in your career.

Region 3 Funding

  • Region 3 Projects – See the “Region 3 Projects” tile under for information about funding for projects that promote Engagement and Collaboration, and that illustrate IEEE’s tagline of “Advancing Technology for Humanity.”
  • We need to add a link to a wiki article on Region 3 Professional Activities funding, what it covers, and how to apply.
  • We need to add a link to a wiki article on Region 3 Student Activities funding, what it covers, and how to apply. Is this included in Professional Activities [which can provide funding for STEM events] or does it have its own Region 3-funded budget?

Technical Society Funding

You can find information about funding through the 39 Technical Societies of the IEEE in the IEEE Society Chapter Funding Guide –

Affinity Group Funding

You can find information about funding that is available through the IEEE Affinity Groups.

Young Professionals

  • Young Professionals Funding –
  • Be sure to read the entry at the top of this page on checking for funding from IEEE sources outside of your own group.

Women in Engineering

Life Members

Student Funding

Other IEEE Funding Sources

  • IEEE Humanitarian Technologies Board [formerly the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee] Funding Opportunities – “Since 2013, IEEE HAC and one of its subcommittees, the IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology or ‘SIGHT,’ have provided funding to IEEE Members who prepare and implement humanitarian technology and sustainable development projects in their local communities. The projects are required to address one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Project teams must build a relationship with the partner community to identify a specific need and develop a plan to address it through the development, customization, or deployment of technology.”
    • IEEE SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology) Funding – “The SIGHT program is a network of IEEE volunteers around the globe that partner with underserved communities and local organizations to leverage technology for sustainable development.”
  • IEEE EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) – “Engineers are uniquely equipped to develop solutions to today’s challenges, which ultimately allows them to change communities. EPICS facilitates that change now and for future generations by creating a world where engineering education is intimately connected to community service.”
  • IEEE Foundation Funding Requests – The IEEE Foundation is the philanthropic partner of IEEE. “Within the IEEE Foundation’s portfolio, there is funding available from which the IEEE Foundation Board invests in philanthropic programs/projects of IEEE OUs [Organizational Units, i.e., Regions, Sections, Societies, Chapters, Affinity Groups, Student Branches, and major IEEE programs and boards] that are expected to result in measurable and lasting impacts.”
  • IEEE Standards – “IEEE offers grants to both students and faculty advisors to support student design projects that include the use/implementation of technical standard(s), one of which must be an IEEE standard. Other technical standards may be referenced but an IEEE standard must be the primary standard of the project.”
  • IEEE Pre-University STEM Portal Grant Program – “ is the home for volunteers who are committed to inspiring the next generation of engineers. Our Grant Program is designed to support your STEM outreach work in your community, so that you may Share, Give Back and Inspire. In doing so, you are partnering with other IEEE members who, like you, are interested in finding ways to introduce pre-university students to IEEE’s fields of interest.”
  • IEEE Future Directions Committee – “The IEEE Future Directions Committee (FDC), in association with Societies, Councils, and OUs, anticipates and determines the direction of existing, new, and emerging technologies and spearheads their investigation and development by IEEE. Taking a holistic view, the FDC emphasizes new, emerging technical areas and drives them to maturity within the IEEE infrastructure. Additionally, the FDC serves as a liaison to and fosters cooperative efforts among Societies, Councils, and industry to develop new products and services in emerging topics.” The individual initiatives listed on the Future Directions Committee webpage may provide funding sources. In addition, the Future Directions Committee itself funds the establishment of new Future Directions Initiatives.
  • IEEE New Initiatives Program – “The New Initiatives program is designed to support potential new IEEE initiatives, services, or products that will provide significant benefit to members, the public, the technical community, or customers, and which could have lasting impact on IEEE or its business processes. Initiatives must be of strategic importance to IEEE and are not operational necessities at the time of their initiation.”

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