KnowledgeOur focus on Knowledge refers to efforts to develop technical capacity and/or research around Internet network operations, from a technical and operational perspective, and in support of the Internet industry in the Asia Pacific region. Our funding will support efforts to improve technical knowledge on one or more of the following areas:

  • Technical research and capacity building efforts on network operations and security with a focus on practical solutions around IPv6, Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) standard and Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP)
  • Technical training, mentoring, fellowships, exchange programs and other innovative mechanisms that support capacity building and professional development across the Asia Pacific region focusing on network operations, security, regulatory frameworks, disaster preparedness and climate change
  • Translation to Asia Pacific languages of relevant technical documentation and training materials focusing on network operations and security
  • Strengthening knowledge sharing across communities of practice such as Network Operators Groups and Computer Emergency Response Teams
  • Digital literacy efforts from technical organizations targeting non-technical audiences focused on awareness of network operations and security
  • Diagnosis, monitoring, measurement and/or analysis of live or historical datasets related to Internet infrastructure and its security

Types

Interested organizations will have three types of grants to apply depending on the scope, scale and reach of the proposed projects:

  • Small Grants: Targeted for pilot projects, proof of concept ideas, or narrow/concrete interventions around the Inclusion program focus areas to be implemented over six, nine or twelve months in the Asia Pacific region. Two grants of USD 30,000 each will be available in 2021 through a defined competition period.
  • Scale-up Grants: Targeted for projects that have already a completed proof of concept or business case structured and have a clear growth strategy around the Inclusion program focus areas to be implemented over twelve to eighteen months in the Asia Pacific region. One grant of USD 85,000 will be available in 2021 through a defined competition period. Organizations receiving this grant will have to include on their budget requests a minimum of USD 15,000 to improve their staff skills and other organizational development around the areas that the organization has identified they need support to be able to cope with growth.
  • Impact Grants: Targeted for projects that have already achieved scale and stabilize after their first expansion and that have concrete plans to maximize the impact of their work around the Inclusion program focus areas to be implemented over twelve to eighteen months in the Asia Pacific region. One grant of USD 125,000 will be available in 2021 through a defined competition period. Organizations receiving this grant will have to include on their budget requests a minimum of USD 25,000 to improve their staff skills and other organizational development around the areas that the organization has identified they need support to be able to cope with growth.

Key dates for 2021

Applications open  3 June
Applications close  29 July 11:59 AM (UTC +10)
Selection process  July - August
Due diligence review and contracts  August
Announcement of successful application/s  September

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