Research Proposals

The TCH seeks applications from young researchers to carry out research in the field of haptics.

This grant will be awarded to young researchers at the postdoc and Ph.D. student position levels with the goal of encouraging new research in one or more of the following areas: Human Haptics (e.g. perception and psychophysics), Computer Haptics (e.g. control and rendering algorithms), Machine Haptics (e.g. novel materials actuators), and Design Haptics (e.g. haptic design tools). The grant wants to foster curiosity from applicants to explore new ideas in their research project that otherwise will be left unexplored. Women are encouraged to apply as the TCH aims at having 50% of the total grant assigned to women researchers. The research proposal can be related or independent of the project the applicant is currently working on.

The total budget for the program is $10,000 USD and will be divided between 2 to 4 projects.

Deadline for submission of the research proposal: November 16, 2018 at 5pm PT.
Date to announce funding decision: November 30, 2018 at 5pm PT.


Review process

  • The final decision will be at the discretion of the TCH chair members following the criteria in the next section.



  • Up to 4 research grants will be awarded for research to be performed within a year after the grant has been approved. 

  • Applicants must be Postdocs or Ph.D. students working in a related area of haptics and must have started the Ph.D. program after January 1st, 2011. 

  • Innovation and justification.

  • The proposal must provide justification of the novelty of the research topicand also present well-defined objectives describing the methodology to be used.  

  • Feasibility.

  • The proposal must describe achievable goals and how they will be achieved within 1 year. 

  • Expertise. 

  • The applicant must demonstrate the necessary expertise in one of the areas of Haptics, and how that expertise will help in achieving the proposed goals. 

  • The applicant must submit a letter of support from the supervisor. 



The submission deadline for applications is November 16, 2018 at 5pm PT, and submissions should be sent through email to tch-chair@worldhaptics.orgwith the following documents as attachments. 

  • A two-page maximum research proposalwith goals, methodology and references followed by a description of the current research topic been investigated by the applicant if the proposed research topic is related to it. A separate third page with the budget and a picture or illustration if desired. The document must be single line spaced 

  • Applicant’s C.V. 

  • A letter of support from the applicant’s supervisor. 



Any questions related to this Call and application process must be sent to