The Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF Asia) is a grants and awards program empowering communitities 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. ISIF Asia offers support through competitive grants and awards processes as well as offering support for a range of capacity building opportunities for selected recipients.

Since 2008, ISIF Asia has supported 56 grants and 25 awards allocating over AUD 3 million to 81 innovative initiatives across 22 economies that focus on innovative access solutions, connectivity, education, health, localization, language preservation, freedom of expression, open data, disabilities, and more.

Objectives

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:

  1. Support research on Internet operations, infrastructure, technologies and protocols, conducted within the Asia Pacific region.
  2. 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.
  3. Provide higher visibility and share evidence of the  positive influence that the Internet is having in the
  4. Asia Pacific region, and in particular the contributions from Asia Pacific digital innovators to these developments.
  5. Build the capacities needed by organizations and their project teams, to scale-up their solutions; whether through better management, fundraising, or partnership development.


ISIF Asia introduction and 2016 Award winners presentation as shown at the
2016 IGF in Guadalajara, Mexico

Management

The Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), acting as the ISIF Asia secretariat, hosts the administrative functions and technical infrastructure for the fund. APNIC is the largest contributing partner in the grants’ 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. APNIC continue to subscribe to these activities as a full contributing partner.

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.

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, please visit the grants and awards sections of this website. To know more about projects supported, explore our collection of reports. We encourage you to explore the ISIF Asia website, our blog, and follow us on social media.