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ACM SIGGRAPH Project Grants
Procedures, Application Form, and Time Table


The following procedures will be used to evaluate projects that are proposed to the Project Grants Committee: 
  • Areas of proposals: Our interest is mainly in projects that have promise in promoting or advancing computer graphics generally. Local projects are only interesting if they offer a replicable model for others to follow. Projects in the areas deemed to be important in supporting SIGGRAPH's strategic plan are of interest.
  • The review will be based on several factors: 
    • Need for the project 
    • Effect of the project on the computer graphics community 
    • Breadth of the project's application in computer graphics and interactive techniques 
    • Organization of the project and its likelihood of success 
    • Strategic plans and directions of SIGGRAPH. 
  • Projects related to education are handled in a similar manner by the EducationCommittee, and requests to run a workshop are handled by the Symposia Coordinator. Requests regarding these types of activities should be made directly to the appropriate groups, not the Project Grants Committee. 
  • In consideration for funding through Project Grants, negative factors would be: copyrighted proposals, salary requests for volunteers (i.e. people who should be donating their time), clearly commercial requests, requests where there are financial returns to the proposer, and requests that benefit only a local group of people. 
  • While SIGGRAPH respects the patents and copyrights of a proposer's work, SIGGRAPH reserves the right to a license of the product of a Project Grants Award for distribution through SIGGRAPH channels at SIGGRAPH's expense. This may include, but is not limited to: reports, video tapes, films, slides, books, articles, and art work. 

Application Form

E-mail propospals are preferred if the proposal does not require special formatting or images. Otherwise, five copies of the written proposal and special materials must be sent to the Project Grants Committee Chair. The application form is available here.  

The proposal:

  • should be short, yet describe the project fully 
  • should emphasize the special results and describe all activities and/or products of the project 
  • should include a complete budget with justifications as necessary. 
  • should include information on all persons who are proposed to work on the project.
There will be no schedule of proposal deadlines, but proposals will be examined as they are received. A complete evaluation of a successful proposal may take two to six months to process, so a proposer must include lead time plus whatever start-up time might be necessary in a proposal. If a proposal comes in late in the fiscal year, it may be approved in principle, but contingent on the overall budget for the next fiscal year. 

The Project Grants Committee realizes that some work must precede any written proposal, and will be happy to discuss a potential proposal with anyone considering one. The Committee will also consider revised proposals in case an original proposal is not supported. 

Time Table

Here is the time table for proposals under consideration by the Project Grants Committee, starting at the time that all Committee members have a copy of a proposal:
  • Days 1-14: The Committee has two weeks to read and review the proposal, before going back to the submitter with three possible outcomes:
    1. acceptance based on the material received, no further information requested
    2. rejection based on the material received, no further information requested
    3. request for further information. The submitter then has two weeks to provide the requested information and the committee will give a final recommendation based on the new material provided by the submitter no later than two weeks after receiving the requested material.
  • Days 15-28: If the result at the end of the first two weeks is the third above, then the submitter will be providing the requested information.
  • Days 29-42: The Committee will review the proposal in light of the new information and will either accept or reject it.

Nan Schaller, ACM/SIGGRAPH Project Grants Chair

Last updated: March 18, 2002