Deadline: August 16, 2021
Funding support: Up to US$ 5.000
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.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
- NOTE: Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the free HAC/SIGHT online training course Project Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation on the IEEE Learning Network prior to developing your submission.
- A live Q&A was held to address common pitfalls in completing the new Project Assessment Matrix. The recording is available here.
HOW TO APPLY
- Applications must be submitted via the IEEE HAC/SIGHT Online Funding Opportunities Portal
- First time applicants will need to create a user account in order to submit a proposal
- Please download the template files which are required to complete the online proposal
- Applicants are encouraged to use the Proposal Complete Checklist to ensure their proposal meets all the criteria to advance to the evaluation stage of the process and be considered for funding
RESOURCES FOR PROPOSAL WRITING
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 number||Project name||Type of Project||IEEE Section||Country||IEEE Region||HackTech COVID project *||Funding Awarded|
|17||Developing Technical Skills of communities to boost medical artifacts manufacturing against COVID-19||PPE/Community Sensitization||IEEE Guadalajara Section||Mexico||R9||No||US$ 3,050.00|
|16||Sensitizing, Training and PPE-Making against COVID-19 for Venezuelan Migrants & Returned Colombians||PPE (Personal Protection Equipment)/Community Sensitization||IEEE Colombia Section (IEEE Colombia SIGHT)||Colombia||R9||No||US$ 5,000.00|
|15||Distance Education Program Adapted to COVID-19||ICT (Information and Communications Technology)||IEEE Guatemala Section||Guatemala||R9||No||US$ 5,000.00|
|14||DisTree. Protection device for Medical staff in COVID-19 pandemic||Infection Control Device||IEEE Argentina Section||Argentina||R9||Yes||US$ 4,979.00|
|13||Design and Construction of Face Shields for Small Business Owners and Peddlers||PPE (Personal Protection Equipment)/Community Sensitization||IEEE Morelos Section (IEEE CIS & RAS Morelos Chapter)||Mexico||R9||No||US$4,951.00|
|12||Low-Cost Ventilator Ara Plus: Emergency Response Against COVID-19||Medical Device||IEEE South Brazil Section (Jt.Chap. Energy Industry Connections)||Brazil||R9||No||US$4,998.00|
|11||Mechatronic Ambulatory Medical Breathing Unit||Medical Device||IEEE Bolivia Section||Bolivia||R9||Yes||US$4,996.00|
|10||Growing and Nurturing Cazucá Together||Food Security||IEEE Colombia Section (Colombia SIGHT)||Colombia||R9||No||US$4,996.00|
|9||APOLLO-ULSA Ventilator to Serve COVID-19 Affected Patients in Nicaragua||Medical Device||IEEE Nicaragua Section, IEEE Electron Devices Society EDS Nicaragua Chapter||Nicaragua||R9||No||US$5,000.00|
|8||UV-A LED arrays and photocatalytic TiO2 coatings on protective screens for SARS-Cov-2 inactivation||Infection Control Device||IEEE Puebla Section||Mexico||R9||No||US$5,000.00|
|7||3D Face Shield for Medical and Auxiliary Staff||PPE (Personal Protection Equipment)/Community Sensitization||IEEE El Salvador Section (Centroamericana Univ Jose Simeon Canas (STB53001))||El Salvador||R9||No||US$4,716.00|
|6||SIAMA - Intelligent system to identify, report, analyze, monitor and assist||ICT (Information and Communications Technology)||IEEE Peru Section||Peru||R9||Yes||US$4,820.00|
|5||Engineers Assisting Ventilator Maintenance||Medical Device||IEEE Rio de Janeiro Section||Brazil||R9||No||US$5,000.00|
|4||Digital Literacy Program in the Galapagos Islands||ICT (Information and Communications Technology)||IEEE Ecuador Section (IEEE ESPOL Student Branch)||Ecuador||R9||No||US$5,000.00|
|3||OxiGen||Medical Device||IEEE Peru Section (Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru Student Branch)||Peru||R9||Yes||US$4,998.00|
|2||Pneuma (Mechanical Ventilator + App)||Medical Device||IEEE Colombia Section||Colombia||R9||Yes||US$3,914.00|
|1||Non-Invasive Portable Artificial Respirator (NIPAR)||Medical Device||IEEE El Salvador Section (IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapter)||El Salvador||R9||No||US$4,822.00|
Previous IEEE HAC projects approved in Latina America and the Caribbean
|Number event by year||Year||Project name||Country||HAC project fund support (US$)|
|1||2019||Expansion of a Community Intranet to share Sustainable Education Resources on the Galapagos Islands||Ecuador||U$60,000|
|2||2019||Impacting our future: better opportunities for the community of Kuisa in La Guajira, Colombia||Colombia||U$59,977|
|3||2019||Improving the health of poor rural Bolivian residents through appropriate technology and self-sustainability||Bolivia||U$50,000|
|4||2019||Using ICT to Improve Quality of Education in Guatemala||Guatemala||U$24,327|
|5||2019||Recycling of water in fish farm by solar pumping||Argentina||US$21,345|
|1||2018||A Community Intranet to Share Sustainable Education Resources among schools on the Island of San Cristobal, the Galapagos Islands||Ecuador||U$53,000|
|2||2018||Towards a Smart Village through solar-powered desalinization for the indigenous Wayúu peoples living in the Guajira peninsula desert||Colombia||U$48,000|
|3||2018||Improvement and diffusion of a wind water pumping system with electronic control. Solutions for settlers in the Patagonia steppe of Argentina||Argentina||U$26,000|
|1||2016||Green Energy for a Training Center in SW Haiti||Haiti||U$87,500|