Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can apply for ISIF Asia funding?
    Project proposals and award nominations from Asia Pacific-based public or private sector organizations, university, or research and development institutions and non-government organizations will be considered. Individuals are ONLY eligible for the Internet Operations Research Grants. Applications must be aligned with ISIF Asia program objectives, eligibility criteria, and administrative guidelines.
  • How do we submit a project proposal or an award nomination?
    Project proposals and award nominations must be submitted through the relevant online application form. Please read carefully the guidelines, terms and conditions.
  • Can we submit a grant proposal in collaboration with another organization(s)?
    Yes. ISIF Asia applicants are encouraged to collaborate with like-minded organizations globally. Most project activities should be conducted in the Asia Pacific region. Project activities should explicitly benefit the Asia Pacific region. Two or more organizations collaborating to conduct the project activities can submit proposals. The leading organization must be based in the Asia Pacific region. Only the leading organization will sign the grant agreement with ISIF Asia. Only the leading organization will be entitled to receive and administer the allocated funds. When preparing the application, please include information about the partnership, such as the list of the organizations or groups involved in the partnership, and a detailed description on how the partnership is going to work, how the roles and responsibilities for the project implementation will be distributed, how the decisions will be taken, etc. For collaborations with organizations that have received funding from FIRE or FRIDA programs for 2016, there is a special provision to support interregional work and exchanges. For additional information contact the ISIF Asia Secretariat. 
  • What is the maximum amount of funds that we can apply for?
    The maximum amount to be provided through an award is AUD 3,000. As for grants, that depends on the specific type of grant that you are applying for. For 2016, there are four types of grants with different amounts under different requirements, as follows:
    • Internet Operations Research Grants: no less than AUD $ 5,000 and no more than AUD $ 45,000
    • Internet Society Cybersecurity Grant: maximum of AUD $ 56,000 
    • Community Impact: Small grants of and scale-up grants of AUD $ 50,000
    • Technical Innovation: Small grants of and scale-up grants of AUD $ 50,000 
  • What is the deadline to submit a grant proposal and award nominations?
    Calls for grant proposals and award nominations will be open for a fixed period of 3 months. Clear deadlines will be announced on the ISIF Asia website and through the news mailing list. All proposals and nominations must be submitted in their entirety using the relevant online application form. No additional information can be filed after that date, and will not accepted by email or postal mail unless specifically required by the ISIF Asia secretariat.
  • What economies are considered by ISIF as part of the Asia Pacific region?
    The project activities must be conducted in one or more of the economies considered by ISIF Asia as part of the Asia Pacific region, based on the economies that APNIC serves. The economies served are: Afghanistan, American Samoa, Australia, Bangladesh, British English Ocean Territory, Brunei Darussalam, Buthan, Cambodia, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, China, Dem. People's Republic of Korea, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, Guam, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos People's Dem. Republic, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pitcairn, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna Islands.
  • How the selection process works?
    The grant recipients and award winners are selected based on their compliance with ISIF Asia objectives and the application guidelines. The ISIF Asia secretariat screens all applications received. The ISIF Asia Secretariat will reject applications if: 1) they are out of scope, not aligned with ISIF Asia objectives and selection criteria; 2) come from economies outside of the AP region. Committee members will review approved applications and produce a short list of potential fund recipients. If so required, the candidates will be contacted to provide clarification, additional information and/or to accept the funding offer. After the committee has issued its recommendations, APNIC will be in charge of the final decision. The decisions are final and cannot be challenged. A notification will be issued to shortlisted candidates, requesting acceptance of the grants and/or awards terms. Once they accepted the offer, and grant agreements have been signed, a public announcement will be made on this website and a notification will be sent to all applicants to the email addresses used to submit proposals or nominations. If the applicant cannot accept the offer, the Secretariat will contact the project with the next highest score to sent the offer.
  • Can we get an assessment about why our application was not selected?
    Yes. It might take a while, but the ISIF Asia Secretariat is willing to review the comments gathered during the selection process and provide a summary. This should allow the applicant to improve future applications. The decisions are final and cannot be challenged.
  • What type of contract/agreement do we have to sign to receive the funding?
    Grant agreements will be signed only with grant recipients. Award winners will be notified of the terms and conditions for the award and once accepted, a simple process for the release of funds will follow. A grant agreement will be signed between the leading organization of a grant proposal and the ISIF Asia Secretariat, APNIC. The grant agreement will be issued according to Australian regulations. If your organization has questions about the grant agreement and its implications, please contact the ISIF Asia secretariat.
  • How long will it take to receive the funding?
    ISIF Asia Secretariat is committed to provide funding in a timely manner. The first disbursement will be done no more than 30 days later than the grant or award candidate has accepted the terms and conditions and complied with all the required administrative procedures. Please read the terms and conditions for the release of grant and award funds.
  • What kind of reporting is expected from grant recipients?
    Grant recipients will be required to provide two technical and two financial reports using templates provided by the ISIF Asia Secretariat. Additional reports might be requested by the ISIF Asia Secretariat at anytime during the project cycle. The technical reports must be descriptive and detailed, providing information that can be used for promotion and follow-up. Reports must document the activities conducted and include those documentation efforts as part of the report. It is advisable to include pictures, diagrams, audio and/or video to document the activities. These additional materials will be used to development ISIF Asia promotional materials, and as such ISIF Asia reserves the right to reuse them either totally or partially. Therefore, to credit the authors full details must be provided. Grant recipients will be showcased in the ISIF Asia website and final technical reports will be published, including profiles of team members according to the licenses and copyright policy of ISIF Asia. The first set of reports (technical and financial) must be submitted halfway through the project cycle and the final reports must be submitted no longer than 30 days after the project activities have finished. The ISIF Asia Secretariat will provide assistance to clarify how to use the templates. Reports are subject to approval by the ISIF Asia secretariat. No funds will be released until reports are approved. Approval might take two to four weeks and therefore it is recommended that project activities are budgeted accordingly so there are no delays in implementation.
  • What kind of reporting is expected from award recipients?
    Award winners will be required to provide a description of how they are planning to invest the award funds and a video report about their experience attending the IGF. These additional materials will be used to development ISIF Asia promotional materials, and as such ISIF Asia reserves the right to reuse them either totally or partially. Therefore, to credit the authors full details must be provided. No financial reporting will be required. 
  • Is the ISIF Asia secretariat going to visit the project for follow-up?
    The ISIF Asia secretariat reserves the right to organize site visits at anytime during the project cycle or after project implementation has concluded. Recipients will be notified accordingly to organize the logistics.
  • Are recipients expected to participate in online and/or face-to-face meetings?
    The ISIF Asia Secretariat will notify fund recipients about any meeting planned and will provide detailed logistic information with enough anticipation to guarantee participation. Mandatory participation to specific events will be part of the terms and conditions for the release of funds.
  • Is there any electronic mechanisms that fund recipients will be requested to participate?
    Yes. A mailing list has been created to promote information sharing and social networking among the recipients. A social networking strategy will require the recipients to share updates and promote their initiatives. The ISIF Asia Secretariat will support a networking strategy among all the grantees based on common interests and regional representation.
  • Which are ISIF Asia copyright policies?
    Ownership of the project idea and materials will remain with the recipients of the ISIF Asia funds. All project results and outcomes achieved through the use of ISIF Asia funds will be published using a Creative Commons License.
  • I've just heard from ISIF and the call for proposals is already closed. When is the next call for proposals?
    Calls for grant proposals and award nominations open at the beginning of the calendar year. If you want to apply for the next one, please please register your email on our news mailing list to receive the formal announcements, so your organization will have enough time to prepare accordingly.