New Initiatives

Cross-Sectional Student Initiatives Booster Program


The IEEE Region 8 Student Activities Committee is announcing the Cross-Sectional Student Initiatives Booster Program. This program calls for section student activities leaders (Section Chairs, SSACs, SSRs) and student branch leaders (Student Branch Chairs, Counselors) to submit proposals for a cross-sectional initiative or project idea in the area of Student Activities.




The program aims to:

  • Giving incentives to IEEE Region 8 Sections and Student Branches for collaborations regarding Student Activities and support them;
  • Provide an opportunity to IEEE Region 8 Sections and Student Branches to initiate cross-sectional programs in Student Activities;
  • Showcase the innovation and drive of IEEE Region 8 Sections and Student Branches to an international student audience;
  • Find, promote and establish creative programs which provide value to IEEE students.



The program rules are the following:

  • The initiatives or project ideas shall be new and not from the existing pool of IEEE Students Programs;
  • Applicants to this program can be only Sections and Student Branches:
    • For Student Branches, they must have submitted their annual report.
  • One applicant only is considered as the Financial Responsible (FR) OU;
    • The FR OU receives the funding from the program;
    • If the FR OU is a Student Branch, an endorsement from its Section Chair or Treasurer should be included.
  • Applicants should be from at least 2 Sections from Region 8;
  • Each OU can submit only 1 entry as the FR one and up to 2 entries in total;
  • Applicants that were funded in previous R8 SAC Programs and haven’t delivered the reports requested are not qualified to apply;
  • The application should include an endorsement from all applicant OUs:
    • For Sections, only Section Chair, SSAC or SSR can provide an endorsement;
    • For Student Branches, only Student Branch Chair or Counselor can provide an endorsement.



Proposals will be judged from R8 SAC in the following areas:

  • Innovation and Originality;
  • Solid content and Planning;
  • Usability and Benefits to students;
  • Scalability and Sustainability;
  • Alignment with MGA SAC goals.



The proposal shall contain the following information:

  • Summary of the proposal (max. 250 words)
  • Description of the proposed cross-sectional initiative or project idea
  • Goals and KPIs
    • Provide a short timeframe with milestones
    • The idea should be completed within the year of approval
  • How does the idea align with MGA Student Activities goals?
  • What are the benefits for the students?
  • Provide a detailed projected budget
  • Additional information (optional)

The submission shall:

  • be a maximum of 6 pages (without endorsement letters);
  • be in Times new roman font and 11 font size;
  • be submitted in pdf format;
  • include all the applicant OUs name;
  • include as attachments all endorsement letters.



The best entries which exceed the minimum standards will receive up to 500$ per initiative to be used as seed funding for piloting their proposals till the end of the year of the application after the submission and evaluation of their final report. The funding does not cover virtual platforms costs.



Apply Now!

Deadline: June 15th, 2021

Application: Access the Form

New Initiatives Rules

Funding Eligibility Criteria

  • No funding is provided for virtual platforms, COVID tests, and Visa applications;
  • Travel funding is only accepted for domestic travels;
  • If no deadline is set for the program, the funding request should be submitted at least 4 weeks before the event is scheduled to take place;
  • Should your funding be initially approved, you will have to submit the outcome report after the event takes place. Please be aware that funding is issued only after the event takes place and the required outcome reporting are received, initial approval does not necessarily mean that you will get the funds requested;
  • Outcome report must be submitted within thirty days (30) after the conclusion of the activity with all requested details including the use of funds;
  • Be aware that the committee issue funding at their next scheduled meeting usually once per month;
  • Approved amount of funds may be lower/different from the requested amount due to content of application or outcome report;
  • The committee reserves the right to request documentation to prove the costs of events before approving for funding;
  • Initial funding per program may be provided only once per OU per year;
  • Please itemize all expenses in US dollars only (please do not use local currency in the proposal);
  • If an outcome report is not received, future requests for one year will not be reviewed and/or awarded;
  • The outcome report may be published in R8 channels.


Outcome Reports

If your event funding has been approved, you should submit the necessary outcome reporting. These materials should be submitted within 30 days after the event takes place. OUs that fail to submit the required outcome report within 30 days after the event took place will not receive any event funding. An outcome reporting submission can lead to future requests for one year not be reviewed and/or awarded.


The required materials include:

  • Detailed report of the event:
    • Description of the event and its outcomes;
    • Number of attendees (divided according to IEEE and non-IEEE members);
    • Impact of the event (presence of any significant participants/speakers, partnerships or collaborations with other IEEE organizational units or Industry, and reach on social media – including posts, amount of views and number of unique engagements).
  • Final budget:
    • Please include both the tentative budget and the actual spendings, either on separate spreadsheets, or side by side, for comparison purposes.
  • Attendance report:
    • Full name of participants (first name, last name);
    • Email;
    • If they are an IEEE member or not;
    • This information is covered by the IEEE Privacy Policy.
  • Photos or videos from the event:
    • Remember to get approval in advance from the pictured participants;
    • It is strongly recommended to include IEEE logo and IEEE R8 SAC logo in the photos;
    • It is recommended to include a group photo with all the participants and photos with promotional materials of the event (flags, roll-up banners, posters, etc);
    • It is recommended to submit an event poster with all information of the event as well as photos and all the supporting units logos.
  • Copies of all advertising materials used (flyers, posters, email invitations etc.);
  • Link to the vTools event report for this event.