Spring 2024

Call for

Service Learning Projects

Proposal Deadline: May 1st

 

Featured Partner

Call for IAS-Related Service-Learning Projects that Benefit Humanity

Students, faculty, and professionals will have the opportunity to address the technological needs of communities. Proposals should identify a problem in the local community, and detail how the student team will attempt to solve the problem using engineering and technology skills.

Featured Partner:     

EPICS in IEEE has partnered with the Industry Application Society (IAS) to support service-learning projects that align with the mission and vision of IAS. Projects should include the design, development, and application of safe, sustainable, reliable, smart electrical systems, equipment and services. IAS has provided 65K to fund projects that engage IAS student and professional members. At least one member of the team needs to be an IAS member.

The projects should be able to be completed in 1 year or less. All projects must have IEEE members involved. We encourage teams to partner with local IEEE sections, chapters, and affinity groups as well as IEEE student branches for projects.

Selected projects will receive up to $10,000 USD, mentorship, and resources.

EPICS in IEEE is proud to collaborate on this call for projects with several additional partners. If you are affiliated with one of the below partners please see the information in the partner requirements section.

                   

Proposal Submission Information

Who Can Submit?

    • Any IEEE member may apply for a grant
    • IEEE Student Branches
    • IEEE Young Professionals
    • IAS Members
    • HKN Chapters
    • IEEE Sections
    • Faculty Members
    • Teachers

Note: At least one member of the team needs to be an IEEE member and all teams must include students.

What is Funded?

    • Grant funding is available to support the implementation of an EPICS in IEEE service learning project (ie. prototyping materials, supplies, local travel). Applicants are encouraged to view the EPICS in IEEE Budget training for more information on how to create an EPICS in IEEE budget. There is a budget template that teams can use to create the budget. 
    • The following items are not eligible for grant funding:
      • International or Excessive Travel
      • Honorariums
      • Research Equipment
      • Equipment for personal use
      • Capital Equipment (this includes laptops/computers for computer labs) 
      • Overhead (general and administrative or indirect costs)
      • Construction or building renovations
      • Grants with an individual as the sole beneficiary
      • Miscellaneous (or any additional budget requests that are not itemized) 
      • Prizes or incentives for participation 
      • Services such as internet or phone plans (unless not available anywhere in the community for reasonable use)

Note: All funding is transferred to the student team through the local IEEE Section. Selected teams will be asked to provide a financial point of contact to assist with funding distribution. It can take 2-3 months to receive funding after selection depending on where the team is located.

Funding Criteria

Programs must meet the following criteria:

    • Students must be involved in the Engineering Design Process in a meaningful way
    • Teams must have at least one IEEE member
    • Projects must have a community partner
    • The project must fit within the Environmental pillar to be funded through this call. All other projects will be pushed to the next deadline and the funding decision delayed.
    • Must include technology that falls within the scope of IEEE

Program Evaluation

The EPICS in IEEE Committee will review all proposals using the EPICS in IEEE Project Evaluation RubricCheck out our past approved EPICS in IEEE Projects examples.

The evaluation includes the following elements:

    • Problem summary and justification
    • Description of partnering organization (nonprofit or NGO) and their role
    • Proposed technological solution
    • Project planning documentation
      • Solution Details 
      • Budget
      • Timeline
      • Team Composition
    • Student learning outcomes
    • Impact and assessment plan

Submission Date & Timeline

Accepting Proposals: 1 March 2024 – 1 May 2024

Review of Applications*:  May/June 2024

Announcement of Grant Recipients: July 2024

Deadline for Final Report: August 2025

*The EPICS in IEEE Committee will review all proposals and final reports. The Final report will be due 1 year after the team receives access to the funds.

Partner Requirements

Featured Partner: IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS)

IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS) is providing 65K in funding to support service-learning projects that align with the mission and vision of IAS.

  • Projects should include the design, development, and application of safe, sustainable, reliable, smart electrical systems, equipment and services. IAS has provided 65K to fund projects that engage IAS students and professional members.
  • At least one member of the team needs to be an IAS member

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IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) is partnering to bring $20,000 for projects from AP-S groups that include the following elements. If you are part of AP-S please make sure to select AP-S  in the partnership drop-down in the application.

  • One team member should be an active AP-S Member. Teams can be composed of teachers, faculty members, young professionals, and local AP-S chapter members
  • AP-S-relevant technology should be used in the proposed solution to address a local community challenge
  • The field of interest of the AP-S encompasses:
    • Antennas and applications and systems pertinent to antennas, propagation, and sensing. Click here for the full list of interest area

       

      Terms and Conditions

      • Team leads must facilitate the completion of photo-release forms, liability waivers, and IP agreements prior to distribution of any funding. 
      • Project lead must submit quarterly check-in reports 
      • A final report, including a financial summary,  must be submitted by 15 December 2024
      • The funds for the project will be transferred to the team through the local IEEE section.
      • All funds must be spent during 2024.
      • Projects MUST comply with all national/federal, state, and local laws, guidelines, safety codes, and restrictions.
      • All projects that involve children must follow IEEE Guidelines for Working with Children. Any project funding will be contingent on policy compliance.
      • In the event the project collects, uses, processes, or otherwise involves the personal data of any individual, the grantee agrees that they shall, to the maximum extent possible, respect the privacy of those individuals. Grantee will comply with all applicable data privacy laws or regulations.
      • Projects developing a medical technology device must collaborate with medical professionals and/or organizations. EPICS funds may not be used for a) tests of medical equipment on people/animals or b) mass production and/or deployment of devices that require but have not yet undergone the appropriate regulation, such as government approvals. Medical device manufacturing and deployment are highly regulated fields and may require partnership with and approval by relevant national/federal, state, and/or local authorities. 
      • All projects considered for funding will be shared with the IEEE Office of Risk and Insurance Management Services (ORIMS) and, in some cases, the IEEE Legal & Compliance Department, for their review prior to the final decision.
      •  Projects must avoid any actual, potential, or perceived conflicts of interest. Project teams must abide by the IEEE Principles of Business Conduct. 

      Submit your Proposal

      Complete the EPICS in IEEE Proposal form in our Grant Management System. Submit your proposal using the link below. For information on how to use our grant management system, see the tutorials linked here. Proposals will be accepted starting March 1st.

      Questions?

      Do you have any questions you wish to ask about the potential suitability of your proposal? If in doubt, please contact EPICS in IEEE at epicsinieee@ieee.org before submitting your proposal. The committee can review the scope of your project prior to submission.

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