Each year, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society offers financial support for Technical Education Programs (RAS-TEP), also known as "Seasonal Schools." In efforts to bring RAS closer to its membership, programs are held each year across the globe in person or virtually. RAS hopes to make the Technical Education Programs available to anyone, regardless of where they live.
The RAS-TEP program is jointly run by the RAS Member Activities Board (MAB) and the RAS Technical Activities Board (TAB). These Boards will review proposals and select the TEP programs each year. The program sponsors schools around the world, to be held in person, virtual or as a hybrid. Approved 2023 Technical Education Programs (Seasonal Schools) will receive the following funding, based on the type of school offered:
- up to USD$25,000.00 in funding from RAS for an in person or hybrid event
- up to USD$10,000.00 in funding from RAS for a fully virtual event
Funding should be used to reduce the event cost for RAS Student Members, to extend the schools reach and impact, and to assist in securing high quality instructors.
The review of TEP proposals is based on assessments from two different viewpoints, the first one with respect to the general structure, including organizational matters and budget, and the second one with respect to the technical content. RAS Technical Committees (one or more TCs) must endorse all submitted proposals. Current TCs are listed at: www.ieee-ras.org/technical-committees.
- Deadline for Submission: 15 April 2022
- Decision: ICRA 2022
- Notification: July 2022