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ACM SIGCHI Development Fund

ACM SIGCHI, the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction, brings together people working on the design, evaluation, implementation, and study of interactive computing systems for human use. ACM SIGCHI provides an international, interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of ideas about the field of human-computer interaction (HCI). In recognition of the international and interdisciplinary nature of our field, and the resource constraints that can stifle the exchange of ideas across such a diverse community, the SIGCHI Executive Committee has set aside funds to support projects which will contribute to advancing the field of HCI and to communicating information within SIGCHI.

ACM SIGCHI Development Fund

Amendment to Policy for SIGCHI Development Fund


Call For Proposals

Submission Process

All SIGCHI Development Fund proposals must have an SIGCHI Executive Committee Champion. The current SIGCHI officers are available on-line at Any member of the Executive Committee may act as champion for a proposal, but in general officers will be more likely to champion a proposal if it is within their specific organizational focus area. We encourage you to discuss your proposal with a member of the Executive Committee in advance, but it is not required. When you are ready to submit your proposal, send it via e-mail to:

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 relevant members.
  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.

The Proposal

Proposals can be submitted by any SIGCHI member.

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?

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