Call for 2021 IEEE HAC/SIGHT humanitarian projects

Deadline: August 16, 2021

✅ Funding support: Up to US$ 5.000

Project categories:
✅ COVID-19
✅ Non-COVID-19

IEEE HAC/SIGHT Projects Call for Proposals Focused on COVID-19 Response and Pressing Community Need

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the world in an unprecedented manner, and as such, HAC/SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology) are offering a Call for Proposals to support IEEE member grassroots humanitarian technology and sustainable development projects that utilize technology to address local challenging realities of the COVID-19 situation and any pressing need affecting the targeted communities.

As the pandemic has not only affected health, but also exacerbated poverty and laid bare systemic inequality throughout the world, HAC/SIGHT are prioritizing immediate impact, poverty mitigation and inequality reduction through the following project areas:

  • Food Security
  • Infection Control Devices
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Medical Devices
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Sustainable Power Sources
  • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
  • NEW for this Call: Other issues of pressing community need

Given the rapidly evolving situation and focus on immediate impact, HAC/SIGHT will make awards of US$1,000 up to US$5,000 per project. Projects that have previously been awarded funding by HAC/SIGHT may apply for up to US$5,000 in scale-up funding if they have 1) successfully completed their project, 2) submitted all reporting requirements, and 3) can provide sufficient justification to scale up. Requests for scale-up funding of more than US$5,000 may be considered if these requirements are met and a compelling case is made.

Term of funding: Up to 6 months following the project start date. Scale-up projects may be granted up to 12 months following the project start date, depending on the necessary timeline.

All applicants should take the Message from IEEE on coronavirus COVID-19 into consideration when preparing their proposal, particularly “We request that all members avoid conducting in-person activities in areas impacted by the coronavirus threat and instead maximize the use of our online and virtual alternatives.”


  • Applications may be submitted starting 12 July 2021 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage applicants to submit their proposals as soon as they can.
  • Final deadline to submit: 16 August 2021 at 11:59pm EDT.


IEEE HAC/SIGHT Call for Proposals Focused on COVID-19 Response and Pressing Community Need



See the following presentation on characteristics of a great proposal, tips on completing the project assessment matrix, and common proposal pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Previous IEEE HAC/SIGHT projects against COVID-19 approved in Latin America and the Caribbean:


R9 project numberProject nameType of ProjectIEEE SectionCountryIEEE RegionHackTech COVID project *Funding Awarded
17Developing Technical Skills of communities to boost medical artifacts manufacturing against COVID-19PPE/Community SensitizationIEEE Guadalajara SectionMexicoR9NoUS$ 3,050.00
16Sensitizing, Training and PPE-Making against COVID-19 for Venezuelan Migrants & Returned ColombiansPPE (Personal Protection Equipment)/Community SensitizationIEEE Colombia Section (IEEE Colombia SIGHT)ColombiaR9NoUS$ 5,000.00
15Distance Education Program Adapted to COVID-19ICT (Information and Communications Technology)IEEE Guatemala SectionGuatemalaR9NoUS$ 5,000.00
14DisTree. Protection device for Medical staff in COVID-19 pandemicInfection Control DeviceIEEE Argentina SectionArgentinaR9YesUS$ 4,979.00
13Design and Construction of Face Shields for Small Business Owners and PeddlersPPE (Personal Protection Equipment)/Community SensitizationIEEE Morelos Section (IEEE CIS & RAS Morelos Chapter)MexicoR9NoUS$4,951.00
12Low-Cost Ventilator Ara Plus: Emergency Response Against COVID-19Medical DeviceIEEE South Brazil Section (Jt.Chap. Energy Industry Connections)BrazilR9NoUS$4,998.00
11Mechatronic Ambulatory Medical Breathing UnitMedical DeviceIEEE Bolivia SectionBoliviaR9YesUS$4,996.00
10Growing and Nurturing Cazucá TogetherFood SecurityIEEE Colombia Section (Colombia SIGHT)ColombiaR9NoUS$4,996.00
9APOLLO-ULSA Ventilator to Serve COVID-19 Affected Patients in NicaraguaMedical DeviceIEEE Nicaragua Section, IEEE Electron Devices Society EDS Nicaragua ChapterNicaraguaR9NoUS$5,000.00
8UV-A LED arrays and photocatalytic TiO2 coatings on protective screens for SARS-Cov-2 inactivationInfection Control DeviceIEEE Puebla SectionMexicoR9NoUS$5,000.00
73D Face Shield for Medical and Auxiliary StaffPPE (Personal Protection Equipment)/Community SensitizationIEEE El Salvador Section (Centroamericana Univ Jose Simeon Canas (STB53001))El SalvadorR9NoUS$4,716.00
6SIAMA - Intelligent system to identify, report, analyze, monitor and assist ICT (Information and Communications Technology)IEEE Peru SectionPeruR9YesUS$4,820.00
5Engineers Assisting Ventilator MaintenanceMedical DeviceIEEE Rio de Janeiro SectionBrazilR9NoUS$5,000.00
4Digital Literacy Program in the Galapagos IslandsICT (Information and Communications Technology)IEEE Ecuador Section (IEEE ESPOL Student Branch)EcuadorR9NoUS$5,000.00
3OxiGenMedical DeviceIEEE Peru Section (Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru Student Branch)PeruR9YesUS$4,998.00
2Pneuma (Mechanical Ventilator + App)Medical DeviceIEEE Colombia SectionColombiaR9YesUS$3,914.00
1Non-Invasive Portable Artificial Respirator (NIPAR)Medical DeviceIEEE El Salvador Section (IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapter)El SalvadorR9NoUS$4,822.00


Previous IEEE HAC projects approved in Latina America and the Caribbean


Number event by yearYearProject nameCountryHAC project fund support (US$)
12019Expansion of a Community Intranet to share Sustainable Education Resources on the Galapagos IslandsEcuadorU$60,000
22019Impacting our future: better opportunities for the community of Kuisa in La Guajira, ColombiaColombiaU$59,977
32019Improving the health of poor rural Bolivian residents through appropriate technology and self-sustainabilityBoliviaU$50,000
42019Using ICT to Improve Quality of Education in GuatemalaGuatemalaU$24,327
52019Recycling of water in fish farm by solar pumpingArgentinaUS$21,345
12018A Community Intranet to Share Sustainable Education Resources among schools on the Island of San Cristobal, the Galapagos IslandsEcuadorU$53,000
22018Towards a Smart Village through solar-powered desalinization for the indigenous Wayúu peoples living in the Guajira peninsula desertColombiaU$48,000
32018Improvement and diffusion of a wind water pumping system with electronic control. Solutions for settlers in the Patagonia steppe of ArgentinaArgentinaU$26,000
12016Green Energy for a Training Center in SW HaitiHaitiU$87,500