Ideas are bigger today—and they should be. Technology is progressing faster than ever before. IEEE members have always created advancements that allow us to keep up with the changing world. The IEEE New Initiatives Committee (NIC) is looking for your help with the next big idea.
IEEE is looking for fresh ideas, innovations, and new concepts for:
IEEE is not looking for just your ideas; turn your ideas into real solutions. That is what IEEE members do best and how you make a difference in the world. Creative and potentially disruptive approaches are encouraged—IEEE wants your outside-the-box, groundbreaking, and world-shattering ideas and solutions.
What is the submission process?
A new initiative typically requires US$100,000 or more for a 12-month period. Multi-year funding is allowable, with a maximum of up to three 12-month periods. The proposal process for the challenge is a two-stage submission process: Stage one involves the submission of a preliminary proposal. If the proposal is accepted by the committee, stage two will require a full proposal and project plan for IEEE review, evaluation, and funding approval. You will also be notified if the proposal is not accepted.
Who can submit?
A preliminary proposal in response to this call may be submitted by one or more IEEE members, volunteers, or IEEE organizational units (OUs), individually or in cooperation with an IEEE staff group. IEEE NIC will look more favorably on proposals sponsored cooperatively by multiple OUs than it will on other proposals. IEEE OUs are encouraged to cooperate with each other on proposal submissions.
Note: An IEEE organizational unit is a subset of the entire IEEE membership that has been formed to carry out particular educational, geographic, professional, technical, or other appropriate activities of interest and service to those who are members of that organizational unit as permitted by law.
Source: IEEE Bylaw I-107.1
When to submit?
The deadline for submitting a preliminary proposal to the IEEE challenge is 5:00 PM ET (21:00 UTC-04) on 1 August 2019. The timeline for submitting a full proposal and project plan will be negotiated between IEEE NIC and the proposal/initiative leader. Download the IEEE New Initiative Proposal Application.
Please send submissions to the New Initiatives Committee (NIC) by email at NewInitiatives@ieee.org. Note: Include “$1 Million Challenge Submission” in the subject line of the email for easy identification.
For questions or inquiries, please send an email to NICquestions@ieee.org.
Make sure your idea stands out!
Quality and substance count. Talk through your idea with IEEE members and volunteers, get feedback, and revise—and then do it again. Submit fully formed ideas. Follow these tips to increase the likelihood of being selected.
Your preliminary proposal should:
What the IEEE NIC does not fund:
The IEEE NIC was created to support new IEEE initiatives that provide a benefit to IEEE members, the public, and the technical community—but IEEE NIC does not fund:
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