The 2017 call for ISIF Asia grant proposals and award nominations is open from 15 June to 30 August 2017. During 2017, ISIF Asia is allocating AUD 145,000 to support grants across three categories and AUD 10,000 for one award.

2017 Internet for Development Award

The 2017 award winner will receive a AUD 5,000 cash prize plus a travel grant to attend the Internet Governance Forum 2017, in Geneva (Switzerland) where the awards ceremony will take place. The award will acknowledge the positive contributions of Internet-based innovations to development.

The 2017 theme of “Internet for development” is intended to cast a wide net to capture truly innovative approaches to development issues.


ISIF Asia founding award winners at the awards ceremony Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. 2011.
Left to right: Ou Virak, Meenakshi Guatham, Lemi Soarez and Emani Fakaotimanava-Lui.

Applications areas such as women and girls in IT, diversity and inclusion, access provision, utility services, devices, IoT, IPv6, privacy, democracy enhancement, open data, economic empowerment, poverty alleviation, health and education will be considered by the Selection Committee. Nominated projects must:

  • Nominated projects must have been operating for a minimum of 1 year, with a clear development focus.
  • Nominations must clearly state the outcomes achieved by the project.
  • Nominations must clearly address gender diversity and inclusion as part of their work, as well provide details about their innovative approach and feature a solid technical solution.

Before submitting your nomination, please review the Selection Criteria.

The award winner will be encouraged to share about their work on the ISIF Asia and APNIC blogs as well as make themselves available for interviews and other follow-up activities.

Key dates for 2017

Applications open 20 June 2017
Applications close 30 August 2017 - Midnight UTC
Selection process September 2017
Due diligence review and contracts October 2017
Announcement of successful applications November 2017
Awards ceremony December 2017