ACM SIGCHI aims to support the HCI community in a number of ways, including supporting community-building events and initiatives, and providing travel awards. This portal is currently open to applications. Please see the calls below, and note the guidelines for submissions.
The Gary Marsden Travel Awards support undergraduate and graduate students, as well as early-career researchers (i.e., those who are ≤ 5 years post-graduation) in attending HCI conferences, events, and (for early-career researchers) mentorship meetings. We aim to prioritize presenters and first-timers. In addition, we have instituted changes to support those suffering from financial hardship or lacking institutional support. Please also note the following:
- You must be a SIGCHI member at the time of application in order to be eligible. Read about membership and how to sign up on the SIGCHI website.
- During pandemic-induced pauses on travel, we invite applicants to apply for covering costs such as conference registrations to make virtual travel more affordable.
- We will award funds to no more than one presenter per submission. Also, we will award funds to no more than one student per advisor, per submission cycle.
- We recommend that you apply for a travel award as soon as you have a conference submission accepted. If you do not have an accepted submission, however, you can still apply. If we have a large number of applicants, we will prioritize first-time attendees and presenters specifically. Acceptances can include papers, posters/extended abstracts (including for workshops/symposia), works in progress, demos, case studies, etc. If you will need to apply for a visa, you may apply for the travel award before your submission has been accepted.
- The committee reviews applications every two months, at the start of every odd-numbered month, starting with January 2021. We will try to offer faster turnaround times (two weeks) for applicants who need to apply for visas. Note that ACM policy allows for visa letters to be generated upon paper acceptance. Normal turnaround times will be one month. We will also reimburse visa fees, including in scenarios where the visa is denied or travel restrictions (outside your control) arise.
- SIGCHI is currently exploring securing a travel agent to make travel arrangements and cover expenses for travelers who might like to use it. This should reduce upfront travel costs for those who avail the service. Other costs such as accommodation are generally reimbursed, but if you need further support for upfront costs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For physical travel, we will also give you options to include carbon offsets in your budget. This is to balance the environmental costs of travel from our travel awards.
- Travel awards information, background, and updates are conveyed on the GMTA webpage. We will also request conferences to post these on their websites.
- Recipients of other SIGCHI travel support (e.g., SIGCHI awards) can redirect travel support to a student through GMTAs. The student awardee will be determined by the GMTA committee, unless the said recipient intends to identify who they wish to support.
Apply: Deadlines are on the 9th of January, March, May, July, September, and November at 11:59 PM AoE. You must apply to a deadline that occurs more than one month prior to the start of the conference that you plan to attend (we recommend applying as soon as you have your conference acceptance). For transparency, recipients will be announced with each cycle, and any changes in evaluation metrics will be highlighted when relevant. Please email email@example.com with any fixes/feedback for the travel form.
Call for Proposals
The SIGCHI Development and Chapters Funds offer resources for the SIGCHI community to spur communication, innovation, and expansion of HCI at a local and global level. As we have in the past, we continue to prioritize projects in alignment with the SIGCHI Executive Committee’s Strategic Initiatives, including promoting inclusivity. We also strongly encourage proposals that align with SIGCHI's commitment towards addressing racial and other systemic injustices. Read our blog post for examples of recently funded initiatives.
Given current limitations regarding travel, we are modifying our call to invite proposals focusing on virtual and hybrid events and initiatives. We encourage applicants to think about creative and accessible ways to conduct and disseminate such events by exploring different media, e.g., using streaming services like YouTube Live or platforms for virtual worlds like Open Simulator or Mozilla Hubs. Guidelines in the ACM Report on Virtual Conferences may also be helpful. An excellent example of recent events that have gone virtual and put the SIGCHI's Development Fund's support to creative use include the "Engaging with Race in HCI" CHI 2020 workshop. Yet another is this web gallery created and open-sourced by UIST 2020.
We ask that proposals include plans for sharing lessons learned via experience reports for the SIGCHI community at large. Reports might include information on technologies and templates used, and reflect on the perceived success of some adopted services and tools, e.g., closed captioning, talk transcripts, video relay services, virtual reality settings, solutions for slow-Internet areas, podcasts, etc.
Examples of events we are looking to fund include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:
- Events for connecting communities in different geographies, disciplines, or sectors (academia/industry)
- Tutoring or paper-writing workshops for new authors to submit to SIGCHI-sponsored conferences
- Distributed summer schools or mentoring activities
- Online workshops for bringing people together to work and reflect upon HCI knowledge creation, access, and distribution
Mechanisms for orchestrating the events above may include:
- Sharing pre-recorded talks, in the form of videos and/or podcasts, and holding a wider discussion session, to be recorded and shared
- Using virtual reality and augmented reality tools and platforms to build and share knowledge or to experience a local issue in a more global way
- Good old webinars, panels, pecha kucha talks, etc.
Funding for each event/initiative will be capped at USD 5,000.
The criteria for evaluation of proposals include:
- Organizing Committee: We will look for relevant experience to signal success and organizing teams with complementary skills. We aim to prioritize proposals coming from members of the SIGCHI community (rather than members of the SIGCHI Executive Committee or organizers of SIGCHI conference events that may otherwise be funded).
- Explanation of Need: The proposal must directly address one or more of the SIGCHI Executive Committee's Strategic Initiatives (see above), and elucidate how the project would provide value to SIGCHI members.
- Feasibility of Plan: The proposal must convey a well-defined agenda with clear outcomes. The funding will be for a single activity, although the activity might take place over an extended time period. There must also be a plan for sharing takeaways and lessons learned with the SIGCHI community.
- Suitability of the Remote Initiative: Since creative ways of engaging virtually are central to this call, we will aim to prioritize activities that do not include travel-related expenses.
- Soundness of Budget: The proposal must include a clear and suitable budget, with justifications, as well as plans for soliciting other sponsors, if applicable.
This is an ongoing open call, but we strongly suggest you submit your proposal at least a month before your event. Proposals that are for chapters-specific events will be reviewed by SIGCHI VP of Chapters. Proposals for conference-supported events will be reviewed by SIGCHI VP of Conferences. All others will be reviewed by the SIGCHI Development Fund Committee. Information about what has been funded before by the SIGCHI Development Fund is on the SIGCHI Medium publication (www.medium.com/sigchi).
If you have any further questions, please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org.