Apply now! 155K AUD available to support Internet development for 2017

AUD 145,000 is available across three grant categories, and AUD 10,000 for one award, through an open and competitive process. ISIF Asia focuses on supporting organisations, people and ideas that are contributing to the development of the Internet and highlight its social and economic impact in the Asia Pacific. Applications are open from today until 30 August 2017.

For 2017, we have 3 grants categories and 1 award to be allocated. As every year, we are very excited about all the new ideas that people will be sharing with us at the ISIF Asia secretariat.

Before you apply please explore the categories below and read the ISIF Asia Frequently Asked QuestionsGuidelines and Tips for Applicants and Selection Criteria. Best of luck in your application process!

2017 Grants

1) Internet Operations Research Grants: These grants support the development of an independent Internet research community whose work can improve the availability, reliability, and security of the Internet in the Asia Pacific region, and widen its coverage, applications and benefits to the community. The grants are open to research focused on Internet operations, infrastructure and related protocols, such as network measurement and analysis, IPv6, BGP routing, network security, as well as peering and interconnection.

2) Cybersecurity Grants: These grants support projects focusing on practical solutions around network resiliency and security. The grants are open to all relevant topics of interest around network resiliency and security, focused on one or more of the following areas: naming, routing, measurement, traffic management, confidential communications, data security and integrity, security of IoT devices and applications, security of critical infrastructure such as energy grids, end-user device security, and building security resilience in your local community.

3) Internet for Development Grant: This grant supports the scaling-up of an innovative Internet-based solution to development issues. Innovation and a development focus must be an integral part of the project proposal. 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, and health and education will be considered by the Selection Committee.

2017 Internet for Development Award

The 2017 award winner will receive an AUD 5,000 cash prize plus a travel grant to attend the Internet Governance Forum 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland. The 2017 theme of ‘Internet for development’ is intended to cast a wide net to capture truly innovative approaches to development issues. 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, and health and education will be considered by the Selection Committee.

Apply Now: 2015 ISIF Asia Awards

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The ISIF Asia Awards seek to acknowledge the important contributions ICT innovators have made with creative solutions to the social and economic development of the Asia Pacific region. The ISIF Asia Awards are granted to initiatives on the last stages of implementation or that have finalized activities already that are aligned with the funding categories and eligibility criteria.

Financial support for up to AUD 3,000 is allocated via a competitive process, plus a travel grant to attend the awards ceremony at a regional or global event chosen by the ISIF Asia secretariat. Innovation and a development focus should be an integral part of all award nominations.

Nominations for the 2015 ISIF Asia awards close 30 June 2015
Nominate your project now!
The funding categories are:

  • Innovation on access provision: Access to Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) is a prevalent issue in the Asia Pacific region, especially for services that require broadband connectivity. Innovative solutions offering low cost deployment, low power consumption and low maintenance that expanded fixed and mobile access to the internet through new forms of technical and organizational arrangements as well as improved the quality of access based on issues of accessibility, disability and linguistic diversity.
  • Innovation on learning and localization: Capacity building and localization efforts have been key to develop the skills needed to design, maintain, and manage ICT infrastructure and services in local languages, supporting local talent and creating job opportunities in rural or urban marginalized areas. Innovative, open, inclusive and sustainable approaches to learning and localization are key elements to guarantee the quality of access to knowledge needed to offer reliable services and applications.
  • Code for the common good: High mobile penetration in the AP region has been a catalyst in the development of mobile-based services, applications and software solutions. These solutions have been used to support timely and relevant information dissemination on a large scale using a range of network infrastructures through a variety of devices, even where literacy rates are lower. Mobile technologies have enabled communities to increase participation in political processes, coordinate efforts during emergency situations, receive extreme weather alerts, communicate with remote health services, and receive specialized patient referrals, among many other applications.
  • Rights: Strategic use of Internet tools and services to promote freedom of expression, freedom of association, privacy, security, consumers’ rights, gender equality, new forms of intellectual property in the digital environment, and a wider range of issues related to the Internet and human rights.

In addition to selecting a winner per category, a Community Choice Award will be granted to the best social media campaign (the project with the highest number of votes from the community).

What are you waiting for? Apply today!

Simulating satellite Internet traffic to a small island Internet provider

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Seed Alliance at IGF Mexico

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MDRU – restoring connectivity during disasters

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Lonely children

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Baby gorilla

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Stop hunger

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Nature…freedom

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