ACM SIGCHI aims to support the HCI community in a number of ways, including supporting community-building events and initiatives, providing travel awards, and other things. 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, early-career researchers (such as those who are ≤ 5 years post-graduation), and those suffering from financial hardship or lacking institutional support, in attending ACM SIGCHI conferences. We aim to prioritize presenters and first-timers. 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.
  • We are covering both physical and virtual attendance at SIGCHI conferences. Please note that we have removed limits on the number of times you can submit an application for virtual attendance, due to lower registration costs for virtual conferences. For physical travel, you can only receive GMTA support once.
  • 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. 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 working on partnering with a travel agency to make travel arrangements for the awardees. 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 sigchi-4all@acm.org beforehand.
  • 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.
  • Recipients of other SIGCHI travel support (e.g., SIGCHI awards) can redirect travel support to a student through the GMTA. The student awardees will be determined by the GMTA committee, unless the aforementioned 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, but if we are offering extensions, the new deadline will be noted on this call. 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 periodically on the SIGCHI blog, and any changes in evaluation metrics will be highlighted when relevant. Email sigchi-4all@acm.org with any questions about GMTA or fixes/feedback for the application form.

The SIGCHI Development Fund (SDF) provides resources for the SIGCHI community to spur communication, innovation, and expansion of HCI at the global and local levels. As we have in the past, we continue to invite projects aiming to experiment with new opportunities, reach out to new groups, promote sustainability, inclusivity, and accessibility, and support mentoring opportunities. This year we are introducing additional funds to support small sustainability initiatives. All SIGCHI members are eligible to apply.

If you have any further questions, please look at the FAQ on the SIGCHI website or direct them to sigchi-dev-fund@acm.org.

What kinds of initiatives does the SDF support?

We are currently prioritizing hybrid in-person/virtual initiatives, where the funding is mainly used to promote a better hybrid experience and interaction between remote and in-person attendees at events.

For sustainability activities, we are entirely open to a range of interpretations and ways to promote socio-ecological sustainability, whether they focus on raising awareness or on hands-on activities about resourcing, recycling, or reusing.

Overall, we strongly encourage proposals that align with SIGCHI's commitment to addressing racial and other systemic injustices.

Examples of initiatives we are looking to fund include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

  • Events for connecting different communities, which could be in the sense of geography, discipline, or academics/industry, etc.
  • Tutoring or paper-writing workshops for new authors to submit to SIGCHI conferences.
  • Summer schools or mentoring activities.
  • Events to promote/support diversity and inclusion at a SIGCHI conference.
  • Mechanisms to support underrepresented groups (disciplinarily or demographically) to present at a SIGCHI conference or one of its workshops.

Our blog on the SIGCHI Medium includes other examples of recently funded initiatives, which can be used for inspiration.

How much funding can a proposal request?

Sustainability activities can receive up to USD 5,000 for funding local and global collaborations.

Other events/initiatives are capped to:

  • USD 5,000 for virtual initiatives, either stand-alone or part of hybrid initiatives
  • USD 10,000 for in-person events, either stand-alone or part of hybrid initiatives

How is a proposal reviewed?

A proposal should address the following items and provide any other information about the event/initiative that seems relevant:

  • 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.
  • Primary Sponsor: The proposal must include the conference name if the initiative is happening at a SIGCHI conference. Otherwise, the proposal must indicate the organization sponsoring the event, such as a university, a company, a non-profit, etc. This organization will need to send an invoice to us with the total granted amount and fill out a tax form before the funding can be disbursed directly. Please note that, in this case, the initiative will be supported by SIGCHI, and SIGCHI won’t be financially or legally liable for the event. The FAQ page provides further information about this process.
  • Explanation of Need: The proposal must elucidate how the project would provide value to SIGCHI members, i.e., to experiment with new opportunities, reach out to new groups, promote inclusivity and accessibility, or support mentoring opportunities.
  • 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 period. There must also be a plan for sharing takeaways and lessons learned with the SIGCHI community.
  • Suitability of Format: Since events that offer multiple formats for participation can be more inclusive, accessible, and sustainable, we will prioritize hybrid initiatives that ask for funding towards this goal.
  • Soundness of Budget: The proposal must include a clear and suitable budget with justifications according to a given template.

Is there a specific timeline for the grant?

The SDF has an ongoing open call! You can expect notifications around one month after the submission. After the completion of the event, we will ask for a brief report in the form of a Medium blog post.

The SIGCHI Executive Committee (EC) welcomes volunteers who are interested in working with us. Through this open call, we plan to create a live record of volunteers whom we can match with openings across committee roles on the EC. 

There are three options for you to express interest in volunteering for an EC committee role. First, if there are particular tasks or focus areas you are passionate about, such as "website design", "blogging", "SIGCHI videos", "content moderation", "addressing conference safety", etc., we will do the work of connecting you with the right EC members and/or committees.  

Second, you might like to join a particular committee. If you indicate this interest below, the chair(s) of the committee(s) you are interested in will get in touch with you about volunteering.

Third, you may be interested in a particular region (city, country, or continent). If you express an interest in promoting and supporting HCI activity in this region of your choice, committee chairs can reach out to you accordingly.

Please describe below what types of roles or activities you would like to volunteer for, and from when to when you would like to be considered. We will keep your details (name and email) in our system only until this end date. You are also welcome to request an edit to this form through the system. EC members will be given access to your contact information so they can reach out and assess whether there is a good match between their needs and your interests. 

We encourage you to describe fully (1) your background(s) of relevance, (2) your interest in volunteering, and (3) the amount of time you are able to commit on a weekly basis. This is standard across our open calls. On average, these roles may take up 2-3 hours on a weekly basis, and 8-12 hours per month. Please feel free to reach out to sigchi-4all@acm.org if you have any questions.


Please note: 

  • Before SIGCHI signs on any volunteers, it must check their status on the ACM Violations Database. By filling out this form, you are confirming that you are okay with this look-up. If the database does produce a positive result, we will inform you so that you are able to withdraw your application should you choose to do so.
  • The data collected by the SIGCHI Executive Committee in this and other surveys are used to inform future decisions that impact our community. 
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