The Special Interest Group for the Design of Communication invites interested members to apply for career advancement research grants up to $1,200. Proposed research projects should promote research pertaining to the design of communication, including (though not limited to) information design, information architecture, content development, user experience, help and documentation (traditional and user-contributed), social media, as well as technology that supports and enhances communication.

Funds may be used for expenses, materials, salary, or research assistance.  Funds may also be used for travel to collect data and conduct research, but should not be requested for conference travel to present research.  Grant recipients will additionally receive discounted registration to the SIGDOC conference in the year following the award of their grant. early career faculty are especially encouraged to apply.


To apply for a SIGDOC research grant, interested SIGDOC members should submit a 2-3 page proposal that contains the following information:

  1. Project title on all pages
  2. Name, title, institutional affiliation, and contact information for the project investigator(s), on page 1, separable from items 3-6.
  3. A brief project description
  4. A discussion of the significance of the project to members of SIGDOC and identification of how the research will be published/made available.
  5. An outline of the project methodology or research tasks, including plans for IRB approval if human subjects are involved in any capacity
  6. A projected budget statement, excluding institutional overhead and indirect costs (request a waiver from your institution if necessary.  Exceptions can be made in instances when a waiver is not possible).

Applications should be emailed to no later than 11:59 on November 20, 2018.

All applicants must be members of SIGDOC.  To become a member, visit the ACM website:

Recipients will be expected to produce a one-page report of their progress one year after receiving their award.  The SIG would also like to be informed of any final publications resulting from the project. Recipients are encouraged to submit their research to SIGDOC’s Communication Design Quarterly.

Please direct any questions to

Past Recipients

Year Name Title
2017 Laura Gonzalez Designing a Multilingual User Experience Research Center to Support Language Accessibility in a Binational Community
2017 Daniel Richards and Sonia Stephens Story Mapping and Sea Level Rise: Bringing a Global Risk Home