The Network Operations Research Grants were established to support the development of an independent Internet research community in the Asia Pacific. 

The 2020 Grants will support four research and development projects focused on the availability, reliability, and security of the Internet, with a particular focus on practical solutions around operational stability and security. 

The call for proposals closed on 6 July 2020 and the four grant recipients were announced on 16 September 2020.

Call for Proposals

Innovation and a development focus must be an integral part of the project proposal. Proposals must also include a concrete outcome aimed to expand access to knowledge, expand coverage for research applications and maximize the benefit to the community, an implementation plan, a realistic time-frame and a detailed budget breakdown. 

Four small grants of USD 30,000 USD will be allocated, for a total of USD 120,000 in funding. 

Research proposals must be focused on one or more of the following three areas: 

  • Practical solutions to improve security of the Internet routing system through use of the Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) standard.
  • Practical solutions that promote the use of registry data through Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP).
  • Tools and applications that facilitate analysis of live or historical datasets related to Internet infrastructure and its security.

Please make sure you have read the Selection Criteria to prepare your project proposal. 

Key dates for 2020

Applications open  2 April 
Applications close  6 July at 11.59 PM UTC 
Selection process  July
Due diligence review and contracts  August
Announcement of successful application/s  September