The IEEE new initiative process allows for proposals to be evaluated at any time during the year via a two-stage submission process. This process aims to:
Typical 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, with a maximum of up to three 12-month periods.
The Seed Grant proposal process is used for smaller-scale or high-risk proposals when relatively small amounts of funding (US$40,000 or less) are required and the project may be completed in 12 months or less.
The new initiative program is designed to support potential IEEE 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.
A request for new initiative funding may be submitted by any IEEE member, volunteer, or IEEE unit, either individually or in cooperation with an IEEE staff group.
While IEEE staff proposals generally are considered to be operational, they may be submitted for consideration if they meet both of the following criteria:
New initiative proposals must be accompanied by a letter of endorsement from a volunteer champion. Learn more about the volunteer champion requirements in the explanation of the two-stage new initiative proposal submission process.
Stage one of the New Initiative process involves the submission of a preliminary proposal for New Initiatives Committee (NIC) review. The steps are as follows.
Stage two of the New Initiative process requires the submission of a Full Proposal and Project Plan (DOC, 216 KB) after acceptance of the preliminary proposal. The steps in this stage are as follows.