Find answers to frequently asked questions and additional information about the New Initiative process.
The new initiative program is designed to support potential new programs, products, or services that will provide significant benefit to IEEE members, the public, the technical community, and customers, or which could have lasting impact on IEEE or its business processes. Initiatives must be of strategic importance to IEEE.
The New Initiatives Committee (NIC) does not have submission deadlines for new initiative and seed grant proposals. Proposals may be submitted any time in the year for review by NIC.
Any IEEE member, volunteer, or IEEE organizational unit can submit a proposal. IEEE staff groups require a volunteer champion for new initiatives and an organizational unit as a co-sponsor on seed grants.
Typically, new initiatives are expected to require US$100,000 or more for a 12-month period. However, any project proposed to the New Initiative Committee with a total budget exceeding US$40,000 will be considered a new initiative. Multi-year funding is allowable for new initiatives, with a maximum of up to three 12-month periods.
The seed grant proposal should be used for smaller-scale or high-risk proposals when funding of US$40,000 or less is required and the project to be completed in a 12-month period.
New initiative proposals may be submitted at any time during the year by completing the New Initiatives Preliminary Proposal (DOC, 111 KB) and e-mailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The form requires basic information such as a project description with expected outcomes, initiative leader, volunteer champion, costs, timetable, and other information required for evaluation. Stage two of the New Initiatives process requires the submission of a Full Proposal and Project Plan (DOC, 216 KB) after acceptance of the preliminary proposal.
The Seed Grant Proposal (DOC, 77 KB) is designed for potentially small scale and/or high risk proposals where relatively small (US$40,000 or less) amounts of funding are required to get started. Also, a seed grant may be used as precursor demonstration for a larger New Initiative submission. Learn more about the Seed Grant Process.
Any project proposal to the New Initiative Committee with a total budget exceeding US$40,000 must be submitted as a New Initiative.
The seed grant utilizes a short evaluation and approval process through electronic submission of the IEEE Seed Grant Proposal Form (DOC, 77 KB). The target turnaround time from submission to a decision is a maximum of 45 days.
A volunteer champion is required for New Initiatives proposals. The new initiative projects are larger scale, typically multi-year projects, and request higher levels of funding than seed grant projects and, therefore, require a champion write a short endorsement for the project.
NIC receives a wide range of funding requests but will not fund the following types of proposals:
IEEE sponsors more than 1,300 conferences annually around the world and is a major source of revenue. Historically, NIC has not provided seed money to new conferences since it is major part of IEEE's on-going business.
NIC does not provided venture capital or invest in startup companies and small businesses with perceived long-term growth potential. The new initiative program is designed to support potential new IEEE programs, products, or services that will provide significant benefit to IEEE members, the public, the technical community, and customers, or which could have a lasting impact on IEEE or its business processes.
The new initiative program is designed to support potential new IEEE programs, products, or services that are of strategic importance to IEEE. Here are criteria that NIC uses to evaluate proposals.
Staff project managers will support the initiative leader and volunteer team. They will engage appropriate IEEE stakeholders in the project and coordinate resources, monitor schedules and budgets, provide an ongoing picture of progress, status, and issues, and interact and communicate with the project team. The project manager will ensure communication and coordination of work activities and the integration of resources and project components.
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Last updated: 3 January 2017