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 sigchi-4all@acm.org

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