The Industry Connections Program

Supporting the incubation of new technologies, standards and related services to help solve shared industry problems.


For the first year of a group's activity, upon approval, the IEEE-SA provides a basic level of support services at no charge to participants. These services may include:

  • Activity startup support
    • Assignment of IEEE-SA advisor/mentor
    • Assistance with creation and approval of the Activity Initiation Document (ICAID)

  • Early Executive Committee (EC) meeting consultation
    • Facilitate establishment of policies & procedures (P&P)
    • Facilitate EC officer election
    • Advise EC Chair on establishment of work plan
    • Establish system for supporting documentation and website of the IC activity

  • Communication, collaboration, and productivity tools
    • IC activity website with templates
    • Membership management for IC activity and its Working Groups (WGs)
    • Email lists for all members, EC, and WGs
    • Document management system and file archives
    • Training session, as needed

  • Process management/mentoring support
    • Process management hotline with questions directed to appropriate IEEE-SA staff
    • Checking against defined P&P
    • Recommending updates to P&P as needed
    • Assistance with annual progress reviews and ICAID revisions, if needed

  • Balloting & election services
    • Impartial administration of officer elections
    • Impartial administration of major/sensitive ballots

  • Administration of added fee services (e.g. technical writing, conferences)
    • Facilitate selection of service providers
    • Manage contracts & negotiate fees
    • Deliverables and payments schedule oversight
    • Fee collection and distribution

  • Public relations (if desired)
    • One press release at/near beginning of IC activity
    • One press release per year thereafter, upon completion of major deliverables

  • Publication & standardization support
    • Support & guidance on streamlined publication of documents through IEEE Press
    • Support & guidance on formal standards project startups in IEEE-SA
      • Including  assistance with creation and approval of the Project Authorization Requests  (PARs)