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. 

Thank you for nominating an individual for a SIGCHI award. You can find an explanation of the different awards on the SIGCHI website. To learn about nominations, the review process, and the committee members, read more about the nomination process. The deadline for all nominations is Nov. 13, 2020. 


The SIGCHI awards identify and honor leaders and shapers of the field of human-computer interaction within SIGCHI. We present awards in seven categories:  

  • SIGCHI Lifetime Research Award
  • SIGCHI Lifetime Practice Award
  • SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award
  • SIGCHI Social Impact Award
  • SIGCHI Outstanding Dissertation Award
  • SIGCHI Special Recognition Award
  • Election to the SIGCHI Academy


For all awards EXCEPT Outstanding Dissertation, the following information is required:

  • name and contact information of the nominator 
  • a brief summary (maximum 1,000 words) of how the nominee meets the criteria for the award;
  • the nominee’s CV;
  • names and contact information of two people who are knowledgeable about the qualifications of and endorse the nominee (nothing is required by the endorser beyond their agreement that the nominee deserves the award).


If you are submitting a nomination for Outstanding Dissertation Award, please read the instructions very carefully, as this requires additional information. Eligible dissertations must have been successfully completed between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020. 

The Gary Marsden Travel Awards aim to support undergraduate and graduate students, as well as early-career researchers (or those who received their Ph.D. ≤5 years ago), in supporting SIGCHI conferences and events. In many parts of the world, early-career researchers struggle to support conference travel, but the value to be gained from their attendance is tremendous, both to them and their students/mentees. We will prioritize presenters and first-timers. Please note the following:

  • Deadlines will be every two months, or at the start of every odd-numbered month, starting with January 2021. Applicants are welcome to apply early, but their chances may be higher if they apply upon acceptance of their submissions. If the number of applicants is too high, preference may be given to those with acceptances.
  • A Fastrack option will offer faster turnaround times 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 approx. 1 month.
  • ACM is engaging a travel agency to make travel arrangements and cover expenses for travelers who would prefer to use it. This may reduce flexibility in some cases, but it will also reduce upfront travel costs, which were viewed as a serious concern by prior awardees.
  • Carbon offsets will be purchasable through ACM, to balance the costs of travel from all travel awards.
  • Travel awards information and updates will be conveyed here, on SIGCHI social media and conference 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.

Evaluation: We plan to evaluate applications along the dimensions of Diversity, Contribution, and Progress. Under Diversity, we will look at dimensions that applicants are comfortable sharing, such as race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic background, country of origin/residence, and so forth. We have included an optional open-ended question asking applicants to convey how they view themselves as adding diverse perspectives to the conference, and contributing back to their communities post-conference. Under Contribution, we ask applicants what they will be contributing in terms of a written product, a talk, etc. Under Progress, and this is only relevant for applicants who have previously received SIGCHI travel support (they can receive a GMTA twice), we ask for a statement of how the previous award has aided them in their academic progress since.

Apply: We will resume travel awards from January 9, 2021. The following deadlines will be on March 9, May 9, and every other month after. In the interest of transparency, recipients will be announced with each cycle, and any changes in evaluation metrics will be highlighted with each cycle. Please check out the application form and email us with fixes/feedback.

Commitment: We’d like to take a moment to reaffirm our commitment to fostering equitable participation in SIGCHI venues. We acknowledge that much work remains to be done on addressing underrepresented voices in our community. Like other SIGCHI community support initiatives, our travel awards are committed to supporting diversity and inclusion, locally and globally, from a racial/ethnic perspective as well as attending to different dimensions of marginality, including cultural differences, social roles, sexual orientation and gender identity, structural positions, geographic marginality, physical/psychological marginality, as well as epistemic marginality. Multiple efforts are underway to dedicate more resources along these margins, and to be as inclusive as possible in all that we do.

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.

Given current limitations regarding travel, we are modifying our call to invite proposals focusing on virtual events and initiatives. We encourage applicants to think about creative and accessible ways to conduct and disseminate virtual 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.  

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 three months 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 (sigchi-dev-fund@acm.org). 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 the alias: sigchi-4all@acm.org. 

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