Call for Proposals

R10 HTA Oriented Project Enabler (TENHOPE2022)

TENHOPE2022 (2022 R10 Humanitarian Technology Activities Oriented Project Enabler) 

The R10 Humanitarian Technology Activities Committee encourages all R10 Sections to promote Humanitarian Technology Activities. Sections and SIGHTs can apply for the support fund of R10 TENHOPE2022.  

TENHOPE2022 is an additional support funding for humanitarian project in IEEE Region 10 that aims to inspire and enable IEEE R10 volunteers to carry out and support impactful humanitarian technology and sustainable development activities at the local level along with collaboration with IEEE local section or IEEE Society with sustainable development plan. The main aim of the project is towards identifying local community problems, developing technology solutions and focusing on actual implementation reaching the humanitarian goals. It also provides opportunities for IEEE members and participants in Region 10 to work and co-operate with NGOs and other organizations for the benefit of advancing technology towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)in our region. 

Awards from US$500 – US$2000 will be made to selected projects that present a convincing plan to a) understand the real needs of a local community or local stakeholder organization and b) complete in no more than 5 months’ time an innovative, technology-related prototype that addresses local community or local stakeholder organization needs. c) Promising support &  a sustainable plan from the local IEEE OU.

With this Call for Proposals, IEEE Region 10 HTA aim to engage IEEE members in meaningful humanitarian technology and sustainable development activities, foster the development of IEEE relationships with communities and stakeholders at the grassroots level, and incubate a geographically diverse selection of innovative prototypes that could potentially be scaled up in the future – all with safety as the highest priority.

Projects MUST comply with all national/federal, state, and local guidelines and restrictions.

All projects that involve children must follow IEEE Guidelines for Working with Children. Any project funding will be contingent on policy compliance.

Attributes of projects considered

  • Proposals must include:

a) demonstrated understanding of the real needs of a local community or local stakeholder organization, 

b) an innovative idea (innovative technology or innovative application of technology) for a prototype based on local community or local stakeholder organization need, 

c) a realistic work plan for 4-5 months or less, and

d) a realistic budget utilizing US$500 – US$2000 from IEEE Region 10 & Local IEEE OU/NGO .

  • Proposals must involve deployment of technology, customization of technology, and/or development of technology. 
  • Projects should have active “local” IEEE volunteer involvement. That means that key IEEE members responsible for implementing the project are currently living in the country/countries where the project is to take place.
  • Projects developing a medical device must collaborate with medical professionals and/or organizations. IEEE Region 10 HTA funds may not be used for a) tests of medical equipment on people/animals or b) mass production and/or deployment of devices that require but have not yet undergone the appropriate regulation, such as government approvals. Medical device manufacturing and deployment are highly regulated fields and require partnership with and approval by relevant national/federal, state, and/or local authorities. 

Proposals must involve engineering design components and therefore proposals based primarily on technology teaching and/or skill training will not be considered. But innovations on promoting STEM for certain communities are welcomed. Project size should be reasonable enough to be completed within 3-4 months, or it can be a larger in-progress project to be completed within that time frame. Key factors behind planning a quality humanitarian technology project/event are suggested in the following:

  • Project must address a community need 
  • Proper mapping with the appropriate SDG 
  • Current practice of handling the project 
  • Initiatives from Government/NGO/Foreign/Industries 
  • Forecasting the long-term status/need of the project 
  • Financial analysis 
  • Social/health/political/environmental effect 
  • Scalable or not 
  • Mode of implementation 
  • Sustainability 

Projects NOT considered

  • Projects that do not involve deployment of technology, customization of technology, and/or development of technology.
  • Projects that do not clearly articulate the needs of a local community or local stakeholder organization. 
  • The Project not endorsed from the Local IEEE Section.
  • Projects that are primarily research or commercial in nature. 
  • Projects that are not focused on addressing local needs.
  • Projects that focus on in-person activities. (See note above.)
  • Projects with an actual, potential, or perceived Conflict of Interest. Project teams must abide by the IEEE Principles of Business Conduct

Any proposal

 (i)  which is incomplete, 

(ii) for which a completed R10 TENHOPE Projects Appl Budget Template 2022 is not submitted will not be reviewed. No application extensions will be granted.


  •  31st May 2022, 11:59pm UTC

Eligibility to apply

  • The primary applicant must be located in IEEE Region 10 and be an IEEE Professional member or higher in good standing. Student members may be 
  • secondary applicants. If membership status of the primary applicant is in arrears, the submission cannot move forward. 
  • Each team may submit only one proposal. (endorsed from Local Section)
  • An IEEE Section should act as the fiscal agent. Applicants must discuss this with the OU Chair or Section Chair prior to proposal submission. IEEE Region 10 generally cannot transfer funds to a Society Chapter or Student Branch. IEEE financial requirements for funding disbursements will apply. Please see IEEE FOM 2.E – IEEE Unit Reporting (Including, but not limited to, Societies, Technical Councils, Geographic Units, and Conferences). 
  • IEEE is subject to the full range of U.S. economic sanctions and export control laws, and complies with all applicable regulations. Because U.S. economic sanctions and export controls are subject to frequent change, please review the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control’s Sanctions list to determine if your country can receive funding.
  • Funding for a selected proposal is limited to a maximum of US$2000 and is subject to IEEE Region 10 financial requirements/matching fund policy. 

Eligible Project Costs

IEEE Region 10 HTA  prioritizes support of direct project costs, including necessary equipment, materials, and supplies to actually complete the project. Given current circumstances, there should be no travel expenses. 

No reimbursement of volunteer salaries will be provided.

No indirect costs will be considered for funding, including but not limited to overhead expenses, Facilities & Administrative (F&A) costs, tuition, etc. 

Please discuss in advance with the IEEE OU that will be your fiscal intermediary (generally the local Section) if there are any mandatory bank or Section administrative fees that are incurred with a transfer of funds from IEEE Region 10. These fees may be included in the project budget; however, the OU must confirm to IEEE Region 10 that these are mandatory.  

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • The project proposal with monetary support declaration from local IEEE OU will be given priority.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the real needs of a local community or local stakeholder organization, 
  • An innovative idea (innovative technology or innovative application of technology) for a prototype based on local community or local stakeholder organization need, 
  • A realistic work plan for 4-5 months or less, and
  • A realistic budget utilizing up to US$500 – US$2000 from IEEE R10.

Shortlisting of Projects

A Judging panel will shortlist the project proposals that address at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. A selected project will be awarded a $500 USD to $2,000 USD grant from R10 HTA to support the development and implementation of the project. Proposals should cover the community-based approach with relevant environmental, cultural, socio-economic & infrastructural issues and policy priorities, 

Acceptable Time Frame to Utilize Funds & Reporting Schedule 

  • Funds must be released after Completion & Submission of report
  • A final report must be submitted within 15-30 days of the conclusion of the project grant period.
  • Updates on the project are to be provided upon request throughout its duration. 
  • Reports on longer-term outcomes and impact of the project may be requested for up to 3 years after the conclusion of the project’s grant period.

How to Submit 

● Please submit via the Google Forms Apply Here

● Please download this template file which will be required to be uploaded into your online application


  • Call for Proposals Initiated: April 1, 2022
  • Deadline for Proposals:   May 31, 2022
  • Assessment period: 1 Jun – 25 Jun 2022
  • Selected Projects Announcement: June 30, 2022
  • Project Implementation Phase: April – November, 2022
  • Amount Reimbursed (as per report): Final by November 30, 2022

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Bijoy Jose & Dr. Nur Afny Catur Andryani

R10 TENHOPE 2022 Coordinators