Purpose of Project Grants: SIGGRAPH's Project Grants
Committee seeks new and innovative projects of benefit to the SIGGRAPH
membership and to the computer graphics community. A modest budget is available
to fund small, interesting projects, or seed potentially large projects.
Essentially, projects will be funded that have promise in promoting or
advancing computer graphics generally. The review will be based on the
need for the project, the effect on the computer graphics community and/or
industry, its support of SIGGRAPH's Strategic Plan the breadth of the project's
application in computer graphics and interactive techniques, and the likelihood
The following criteria based on these goals will be used to evaluate
project proposals. Submissions may be sent in at any time. Proposals are
considered as they are received, with two to six months evaluation cycles.
An inquiry to the Chair of the Project Grants Committee is appropriate
if the proposer is not certain of the suitability of an idea for a special
project, is unable to answer the questions below, or in cases when a proposal
not supported may be suitable for revision. If the proposal does not require
slides, pictures, or other ancillary material, it is preferable that it
be submitted by E-mail as explained in Section 5) below.
Proposal Title: _____________________________________________________
Person(s) responsible for the conduct of the project, with the first
listed person as the
Project Director: ____________________________________________________
or person who is the fiscally responsible person for the project:
Total Amount Requested for Project: $ _______
Project duration: Start _______ End _________
Is the project director a SIGGRAPH member? Yes or No
Address, phone and fax numbers, E-mail and affiliation of the Project
1) Areas of Interest and Abstract:
SIGGRAPH's Project Grants Committee funds innovative projects that will
benefit the SIGGRAPH membership and the computer graphics community by
promoting or advancing computer graphics. Local projects must offer a replicable
model for others to follow to be of interest. Please explain in your
answers below how your proposed project falls within the areas of interest
for special projects and how it benefits the siggraph and computer graphics
communities. Areas that do not fall within the scope of the Project Grants Committee for funding are those already funded by other SIGGRAPH
committees such as the Education Committee and the Small Conferences Committee.
(You may consult the SIGGRAPH WWW page: http:/
for a contact. Please provide here an Abstract describing the project in
500 words or less to allow a determination of the area of interest of the
2) Consideration of positive factors.
The following positive factors should be explained by the proposer if they
are within the scope of the project. It is not necessary to include all
positive factors for a project to be selected and there may be factors
that are not listed explicitly which may make a project suitable (explain
under Other Positive Factors).
a) INNOVATION: Explain briefly why you believe this is an innovative
project and how the originality of the project advances the field of computer
b) NEED: What is the need for this project, and who are the beneficiar
of the results from the project?
c) EXPECTED OUTCOME: What is the effect of this project on the
computer graphics community and/or industry, and what is the nature of
d) BREADTH: How broad a range of applications in computer graphics
and interactive techniques does this project have? How large a population
of computer graphics people would be affected?
e) PLANS: Explain the project organization, timetable, and any
planning that has been made to improve its likelihood of success. Evaluate
risk factors in the conduct of the project. Indicate plans for dissemination
of the results of the project.
f) ONLINE ASPECTS: Is this a project that has potential for online
use or applications in information technology impacting or being impacted
by computer graphics?
g) PUBLIC AND SOCIAL POLICY: Is this a project that has aspects
that would impact public policy related to computer graphics? Would this
project improve participation of minorities or women in computer graphics?
h) OTHER POSITIVE FACTORS: Are there other postitive factors
not included in the sections above?
3) Potential negative factors
(Projects with valuable positive factors may withstand some negative aspects
as judged by the Committee, but in general the negative factors should
a) Is this project a commercial request? Does this project provide direct
financial returns to the proposer? (Indirect financial returns would be
associated with the fame and glory of carrying out the project.) Explain.
b) Would this project affect only a local or small regional group of
computer graphics people? Explain.
c) Could this project be funded by a research agency or a research organizati
If so, why should SIGGRAPH and not the agency be asked to fund the project?
d) Would the only product resulting from this project be a book? Explain.&nbs
e) Is there any part of the funding for this project that would be used
to pay a person who is a SIGGRAPH volunteer or is assuming the role of
a SIGGRAPH volunteer? If such is the case, explain why this person(s) is
not donating his or her time to the project.
f) Please explain any other areas of concern that might impair the
conduct of the project or that you may want to bring up to the attention
of the Project Grants Committee.
g) Is this proposal copyrighted? If this is the case, state so and see
the next section on INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
4) Intellectual Property
This is to inform any project director or fiscally responsible person for
a proposal submitted to the Project Grants Committee that funding of
a project is conditional upon agreeing to provide to SIGGRAPH a no-cost
license of any product produced as part of the Project Grant for distribution
through SIGGRAPH's channels at SIGGRAPH's expense. SIGGRAPH, however, respects
and recognizes the patents and copyrights of the proposer's work while
reserving its right to the above-mentioned license. Results from the project
may include, but are not limited to, reports, video tapes, films, slides,
books, articles, and art work. To receive funding of a proposal as a special
project, the project director or responsible person for the project will
have to consider these requirements.
Project Director or Fiscally
Responsible Person for Proposal:____________________________________
5) Contents of the proposal: Project Information
In addition to the information requested above, provide a brief description
of the project, which may include:
a) a full description of the project with any appendices to describe
the project in a more visual or comprehensive manner.
b) a full description of all the anticipated special results from this
project, describing all activities and/or products of this project.
c) a complete budget indicating the source of the funding, and making
particularly clear the funding requested from the Project Grants Committee
with suitable justifications as necessary.
d) the names and addresses with phone and E-mail of all persons involved
in the proposed activities associated with the project and a brief vita
of them or, alternatively, an explanation of their role in the project.
You may include a pointer to web site(s) directly related to the project.
Five hard copies of the project information requested above may
be submitted to the Chair of the Project Grants Committee if the project
proposal documentation requires slides, pictures, or other ancillary material.
In this case, a self-addressed, stamped enveloped should be enclosed if
the project supporting materials are not to remain with the Project Grants
Committee. However, E-mail submission of proposals and other information
requested are preferred if the proposal does not require special formatting
or images. E-mailed proposals should be sent to:
Project Grants Contact: