Funding for SIGIR-Related Events

SIGIR is pleased to offer a limited amount funding to support events related to SIGIR’s mission. Such events include small workshops and regional events directly related to information retrieval or of strong interest to the SIGIR community.

Organizers of such events should contact the SIGIR Executive Committee ( and provide:

  1. The name of the event;
  2. A description of the event, including its venue, timeframe, organizers, and intended audience;
  3. An explanation of how this event directly relates to information retrieval or why it is of strong interest to the SIGIR community;
  4. The amount of funding requested, up to US$5,000;
  5. How the event plans to use the funding, including the selection process if funding is distributed to more than one person. For example: Grants to support student travel and registration, up to US$500 per student, with applications reviewed by the program committee.

All requests will be acknowledged. If you don’t receive an acknowledgement within a few days, please re-send your inquiry and carbon-copy the message to and Events should be in the planning stages leading up to the event, rather than at the initial proposal stage. Ideally, we would receive your request 9-12 months before the event itself.

We review proposals and make funding decisions four times a year. Submission deadlines are March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1 of each year. Proposals submitted before these deadlines should receive a decision by two weeks
following the deadline.

Intended uses of this funding include (but are not limited to) supporting student travel or inviting a keynote speaker. Requests from for-profit events will almost certainly be rejected.

Funded events will be required (1) to acknowledge SIGIR’s support on their Web site and proceedings and (2) be “in cooperation” with SIGIR or provide similar guarantees of low registration rates.