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Proposals must have clear and concrete objectives and a well-structured methodology.
Projects should clearly address diversity as part of their staffing, governance and implementation, and include on their application information about the expected impact of their activities around the many dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, language, literacy, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, etc. Projects led by women and/or where women have an active technical role are specially encouraged to apply in all categories.
Grant applicants should demonstrate capacity to manage funds, conduct project activities and document outcomes effectively, within the specified budget and time limits. Administrative overheads will not be funded as a separate percentage but can be included as part of the project activities.
Grant applications must include a realistic timeframe for project implementation that is achievable within the maximum time specified for each grant type. Successful grant recipients will have flexibility around the implementation of their project. ISIF Asia will consider no-cost extensions for successful projects based on project progress and reported challenges.
Grant applications must include only the budget breakdown of the funds solicited to ISIF Asia. If the application is part of a larger project, details about source of funding and budget distribution can be provided as part of the grant application but without being included on the budget breakdown requested as part of the application form. The program may decide to partially fund a proposal.
ISIF Asia has a strong emphasis about documentation of impact and knowledge sharing. Grantees are required to prepare progress and final reports using a designated reporting platform. Project reports are published using a Creative Commons 4.0 license. Besides the project technical report, grantees are encouraged to share -when appropriate- research papers, videos, and other communication materials. Applicants are required to include a clear communication strategy for the dissemination of project outcomes. Successful funding recipients will be encouraged to submit papers to academic peer-review journals as well as research papers to regional and global conferences such as the APNIC, APRICOT, IETF and others to share project outcomes as well as to share “behind the scenes” lessons learned during the project cycle in our blog. Successful funding recipients will be required to be available for interviews and other promotional activities around the dissemination of project results.
Sylvia Cadena - ISIF Asia secretariat
After ten years managing the Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF) at APNIC, Sylvia was appointed Head of Programs at the APNIC Foundation in December 2016. As Head of Programs, Sylvia works on the management, design and implementation of collaborative programs to expand APNIC’s capacity building efforts and its overall Development Program.
At ISIF Asia, Sylvia continues to lead a grants and awards program that seeks to empower communities in the Asia Pacific to research, design and implement Internet-based solutions for their own needs. One of the region’s most established Internet development programs, ISIF places particular emphasis on the positive role the Internet has on social and economic development in the Asia Pacific.
Sylvia also leads APNIC’s engagement with the Seed Alliance, a global collaboration with the African (AFRINIC) and South American (LACNIC) Internet registries. Together with its funding partners, and various regional sponsors, the Seed Alliance supports innovative Internet development across the global south. She is also a member of the ICANN CCWG on new gTLD auction proceeds and co-chair of the APrIGF.
Throughout her career, Sylvia has focused on the strategic use of the Internet for development with an emphasis on capacity building. Since her early years as a UN Volunteer, she has worked across the multi-stakeholder spectrum of organizations with technical and advisory roles, mainly about information systems, access provision and innovation.
In July 2003, her work was recognized with the "Annual Award for Young Professionals" by the International Development Research Center (IDRC).
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