The Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF Asia) is a program dedicated to empowering communities in the Asia Pacific region to research, design and implement Internet-based solutions for their own needs, placing particular emphasis on the positive role the Internet has in social and economic development in the region.
Since 2008, ISIF Asia has offered support through annual competitive grants processes as well as offering support for a range of capacity building opportunities for selected recipients. ISIF Asia offered Awards from 2011 until 2018. Open funding opportunities are announced on the Apply section of the website.
ISIF Asia has supported 75 grants and 28 awards allocating over AUD 3.52 million to 103 innovative initiatives across 24 economies that focus on innovative access solutions, connectivity, education, health, localization, language preservation, freedom of expression, open data, disabilities, and more. ISIF Asia has received 1898 funding applications to date.
The challenges of improving Internet growth are multi faceted and interrelated, particularly in developing countries. They include, for example, access to technical skills and knowledge, the diffusion and reliability of infrastructures and services, an enabling business and policy environment for information and telecommunications, as well as unique local economic and social challenges. Meeting and overcoming these challenges requires innovative solutions and the involvement of local actors, who are best placed to understand their needs and requirements. Critical to reach these goals are the availability of Internet infrastructure and services that are affordable and efficient; innovative Internet applications; successful and sustainable models for the provision of Internet services and finally, business environments which can become commercially competitive and sustainable. Our objectives are:
- Support research on Internet operations, infrastructure, technologies and protocols, conducted within the Asia Pacific region.
- Support implementation and refinement of digital solutions that make strategic use of Internet technologies in an innovative way, responding to the needs and challenges that different communities face.
- Provide higher visibility and share evidence of the positive influence that the Internet is having in the Asia Pacific region, and in particular the contributions from Asia Pacific digital innovators to these developments.
- Build the capacities needed by organizations and their project teams, to scale-up their solutions; whether through better management, fundraising, or partnership development.
The APNIC Foundation hosts the administrative functions and technical infrastructure for the fund. The general management of the program (including the specific project criteria, eligibility rules, reporting requirements, and acceptance of additional partners), is a matter for ISIF Asia funding partners to act jointly.
None of the work the ISIF Asia does could be completed without the support from volunteers from the technical and development communities that support the selection process as members of the Selection Committees. Since its beginning, the program has been managed by Sylvia Cadena, Head of Programs of the APNIC Foundation.
As part of our commitment for transparency and accountability, funds raised to support ISIF Asia activities are audited annually.
For information about how to apply and to know more about projects supported, explore our collection of reports and awards videos. We encourage you to explore the ISIF Asia website, our blog, and follow us on social media.