The Center for Human-Computer Interaction is an interdisciplinary research center jointly sponsored by the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology; and the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science at Virginia Tech.

CHCI matching funds program for HCI+art+design SEAD grants

Starting in January 2018, for an initial period of two years (through December 2019), CHCI will provide matching funds to add value to eligible ICAT SEAD grants. The purpose is to enhance support for our successful and active CHCI faculty affiliates in art+design, allowing them to do more on their projects (hire a better student, hire students for a longer period, buy more expensive equipment, etc.). A SEAD grant is eligible for CHCI matching funds if:

- The ICAT proposal has a CHCI member from a creative discipline (currently SOVA, ID, or Music) as the principal investigator. Proposals with other CHCI members as PI and an art+design faculty affiliate as co-PI will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but the funds must clearly be supporting creative work.
- The proposed work has a clear relationship to HCI (i.e., the work should involve interactive technologies).
- The SEAD grant is awarded by ICAT.
- The PI has not received CHCI matching funds in the last 12 months.

Eligible CHCI members who have been awarded an ICAT SEAD grant can apply for matching funds by sending email to Andrea Kavanaugh ( with the original ICAT proposal and a budget justification for the additional funds. CHCI will match up to $ 1000 on a $ 3000 SEAD mini grant and up to $ 5000 on a $ 25,000 SEAD major initiative grant. As long as the proposal is eligible and the budget justification is acceptable, the matching funds will be awarded automatically (i.e., there will not be an additional merit review beyond the ICAT review process).

Awardees will be required to acknowledge CHCI support in any dissemination of the work (e.g., publication, presentation, exhibit, performance), and will be asked to speak about the work at an appropriate CHCI meeting or seminar.

Travel funding program

The goal of the CHCI travel funding program is to build the reputation of the center at important HCI conferences related to the Center''s focus areas. CHCI faculty and students often have important, peer-reviewed contributions at these conferences, but do not always have grants to fund travel. For students, this funding can be used to supplement funds from other sources such as the CS grad council and the GSA.

Program rules:

- The program provides up to 400 dollars per trip for select conferences.
* General HCI conferences: CHI, UIST, INTERACT, DIS, HFES
* Specialized conferences in focus areas: UbiComp, Pervasive, ISMAR, VR/3DUI, Visweek, MobileHCI, Digital Gov., CSCW
- Up to 200 dollars per trip can be awarded for travel to other relevant HCI conferences.
- CHCI affiliated faculty and their students are eligible to apply.
- If the applicant is a student, he/she must be a graduate student advised by a CHCI faculty member (including independent study advisees and students in the faculty member''s graduate classes).
- The applicant must have an accepted, peer-reviewed paper at the conference that he/she will present. It is expected that these will be full papers or short papers that will appear in the proceedings. Poster papers, workshop papers, etc. will not typically be supported.
- The conference must be a general HCI conference or a conference directly relevant to one or more of the CHCI focus areas (visual interactive communication, ecologies of displays and devices, data/information/knowledge, and social collaborative computing).
- The applicant must demonstrate need (i.e., the work described in the paper is not already supported by a research grant) and efforts to obtain funding through other sources (e.g., CS grad council, GSA).
- Each student/faculty member can only get this funding once per academic year (starting in August). This is only for the presenting author - one person per paper.
- Funding decisions will be made by the CHCI executive committee.

To apply, submit the CS grad council application form and a travel approval form to Andrea Kavanaugh.

User study funding program

Graduate Students: If you seek support for the costs of participants in your research, please submit a research proposal as follows:
a) Describe the background and plan for the study;
b) explain why you need paid participants in your study;
c) Include the IRB request;
d) Specify which faculty you are working with on the research.
e) Address whether the research falls under a funded project, and if so, please explain why funding cannot come from the funded project.

Proposals should be sent to Andrea Kavanaugh as a PDF file, and should not exceed two pages (not counting the IRB application).

Fluid 960 Grid System, created by Stephen Bau, based on the 960 Grid System by Nathan Smith. Released under the GPL / MIT Licenses.