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SIGCHI Development Fund

ACM SIGCHI aims to support international and interdisciplinary initiatives for the exchange of ideas about the field of human-computer interaction. The SIGCHI Executive Committee "Development Fund" provides resources to alleviate some of the constraints that can stifle the exchange of ideas across our diverse community and around the world.

You can see example summaries of previously funded activities here.

Call For Proposals

Funding Criteria

The absolute criteria for funding are:

  1. Quality ideas for building the field of HCI and/or the HCI community and the communication of information within SIGCHI.

  2. The project must be relevant to and provide value to SIGCHI members.

  3. The project must disseminate its results to the SIGCHI members and any other relevant communities.

  4. The funding must be for a single activity, although the activity can take place over a number of years. If the activity is the beginning of what will become a perpetuated event, the project must include a plan for obtaining continued funding from sources other than the SIGCHI Development Fund.

  5. SIGCHI Development Funding will not pay for labor cost of ACM and/or SIGCHI members.

  6. SIGCHI Development Funding discourages the purchase of equipment. If, however, equipment is absolutely required and cannot be provided by others there must be a plan for returning equipment, as directed, to the control of the SIGCHI Executive Committee.

  7. For events that span multiple years, funding may be only for the current year and funding for future years must be requested annually and cannot be guaranteed.

Special Funding Initiatives

The following Special Funding Initiatives are to highlight proposal submissions that the SIGCHI Executive Committee is particularly interested in encouraging:

HCI in the Developing World - Accept rolling submissions

HCI Summer/Winter Schools - Dec 1st 2016 Deadline

The Proposal

An acceptable proposal should answer the following questions:

  1. Title: What is the project to be called?

  2. Subject matter: What is the purpose of this project?

  3. People: Who speaks for, and take responsibility for this project? Who else is on the team? What are their qualifications to do this project? What is your expectation of success?

  4. Duration: Will this project need on-going, continual funding? If so, how many years of seed money are being sought, and what is the plan for continuing funding?

  5. Schedule: When will it start and end?

  6. Relevance: What SIGCHI members are this project relevant to? Do they have similar projects already underway? How will they be involved?

  7. Potential value: What is the potential value of the proposed project to SIGCHI members?

  8. Product: What will be the outcome of the project?

  9. Delivery vehicle: Who is the audience for this outcome? How will these people be informed of the outcome? Where applicable, how will they get access to it?

  10. Additional funding: Have you considered other sources of funding? Will someone match SIGCHI Development Funding?

  11. Dependency: What other things does the successful completion of this project depend upon?

  12. Previous work: What work has already been done in this area and how will this project build on it?

  13. Dissemination: Plan for dissemination of results or activities to the SIGCHI membership and any other relevant communities.

Submission Process

Proposals can be submitted by any SIGCHI member. We encourage you to discuss your proposal with a member of the Executive Committee (EC) in advance, but it is not required. The current SIGCHI officers are available on-line at When you are ready to submit your proposal, send it via e-mail to:

Proposals submitted are first discussed at the next SIGCHI EC conference call, which is the first Monday of every month. At that time one SIGCHI EC member will be assigned as the handler for your proposal - this could be the same EC member with whom you had discussed your proposal beforehand. You may hear back from that EC member with a request for further information or update to the proposal. Once all information has been gathered, the EC will make a final decision regarding funding the proposal and this will be communicated to you via your proposers handler.

As the above process may take about a month, we suggest submitting your proposal at least three months before the funds are needed.

Reimbursements and Travel Grants

If you are awarded any SIGCHI Development Funds you should be aware of this guidance on reimbursements and any use of travel grants. 

The ACM has a form that is given by the SIGCHI Operations Liaison for reimbursements. Please contact your liaison contact for the form. 

Travel grants are managed through an online system which will be set up with the proposal contact in charge of the SIGCHI Development Fund request. The proposal contact will enter a list of recipients including their emails and the amount awarded. When finalized, emails with the appropriate form will go out to the travel grant recipient to fill out and return with receipts.

ACM accepts scanned copies of receipts, or originals via mail or courier if the person prefers. Receipts are required for all expenses $25 and over. Once a reimbursement is request is received, your Liaison Contact will  have it process for payment based on approval of the proposal and the proposal contact. ACM can process payment for checks and wire transfers. Please note that if you reside in the United States, only a check will be processed for the reimbursement. Payment can be received between 2-3 weeks depending on the form of payment.

If you are the named contact for an awarded "Development Fund" proposal and you have any questions, please reach out to your SIGCHI Operations Liaison.

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