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Organize Local Events & Member Driven Initiatives

IEEE Signal Processing Society offers funding to SPS members and chapters to encourage volunteerism and society involvement in local activities.

In addition to the existing Seasonal Schools and Chapter Initiative Funding, the society has launched two new options to increase involvement locally through Regional Events and Forums. Up to US$5,000 in support for in-person events, and US$3000 for virtual events, can be requested by SPS members or SPS Chapters.

Initiative options are outlined below:

Seasonal Schools in Signal Processing (S3P)

Seasonal schools are typically either Cycle 1 (formerly "summer") schools or Cycle 2 (formerly "winter") schools, and are geared towards providing graduate students, early stage researchers, and practitioners. For more details, visit the Seasonal Schools page.

Member Driven Initiatives

Member Driven Initiative proposals are reviewed on a semi-annual basis.

  • Cycle 1 initiatives (formerly "summer"), held April-September, have a proposal submission deadline typically around January.
  • Cycle 2 Initiatives (formerly "winter"), held October-March, have a proposal submission deadline typically around June.

Seasonal calls for proposals will be sent to all SPS members and posted to the SPS website on the Call for Proposals page.


Aimed at networking and with topics of interest to industry members. Formats include panel sessions, and presentations or lectures by industry experts. Content should be created based on interest to industry, and cannot include papers for publication.

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Regional Meetings

Local high quality technical events (such as local workshops or small conferences) to serve the local or regional community. Events should target themes of interest to SPS members. Meetings can include conference paper publications.

Chapter Initiatives

Additional options for grant funding may include: chapter-centered events for practicing engineers; chapter meeting featuring industry executives; outreach to get students at primary schools interested in signal processing; design competitions; or other ideas.

Proposal Form Submission & Review

Please submit proposals by completing the form below for your initiative or seasonal school and attaching the proposed initiative budget for review by the IEEE Signal Processing Society and potential partnership.

The proposal form can be accessed at the following link: Member Driven Initiatives

For more information, questions, email

If this Proposal Form is approved, the organizers will be encouraged to develop a full proposal for more comprehensive review by Signal Processing Society.


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