ISIF Asia will ONLY support initiatives managed by organizations based in the Asia Pacific region, with funds allocated to be invested within the Asia Pacific region, as described in the list of economies served by APNIC on our FAQ. ISIF Asia will consider regional diversity and balance when making final decisions.

Proposals must have clear and concrete objectives and a well-structured methodology

Project proposals submitted by public or private sector organizations, university or research and development institutions, governments and non-government organizations will be considered. Community networks, Members of Network Operators Groups (NOGs), members/partners of IXPs, operators of root servers are encouraged to apply. Postgraduate students are encouraged to apply, with support of their universities. Projects lead by women and 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.

Grant applications must include a realistic timeframe for project implementation that is achievable in a maximum of 12 months.

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. Applicants are encouraged to calculate travel expenses to engage with the regional/global research community as part of their proposal. Travel will only be supported on economy class and daily expenses can be claimed only against presentation of receipts for meals not included in the events attended, under very strict guidelines. Part of the grant will be used to process travel insurance requests if necessary.

There is a strong emphasis about documentation of impact and knowledge sharing through papers, videos, and other communication materials. Successful applicants will have to include a clear communication strategy for the dissemination of project outcomes. Recipients will be encouraged to submit papers to academic peer-review journals as well as research papers to for regional (APRICOT, APNIC) and global conferences such as the IETF to share project results.

Recipients will be encouraged to share “behind the scenes” lessons learned during the project cycle in the ISIF Asia and/or APNIC blog depending on the subject matter, as well as made themselves available for interviews and other promotional activities around the dissemination of project results.

Grant applications and Award nominations accepted for full review are scored by all Committee members based on the following selection criteria. The scoring is conducted through an online platform that calculates an average score based on what the points given by each selection committee member, multiplied by the weight designated to each criteria. Once the scoring is completed, only proposal(s) accepted by full consensus of the Selection Committee will be granted funding.

Proposal scoring

Every selection committee member can score a proposal from 1 to 5, on each of the criteria below. The score is multiplied by the assigned weight. The final score is an average of the scores from all committee members. Committee members are encourage to provide comments to support their scores, but comments are not mandatory. 

The following criteria will be applied to the Cybersecurity Grants, the Internet for Development Grants for Community Networks and the Internet for Development Grants for Gender & Innovation.

  1. Innovative approach to addressing issues that that have been clearly identified and defined as part of the proposal based on Internet technologies (x5)
  2. Aligned with the category purpose/scope selected (x4)
  3. Clear benefit for the community, according to the category selected (x3)
  4. Potential for growth/further development (x5)
  5. Engagement within the community relevant to the category proposed (x2)
  6. Project activities support development of local capacity (x3)
  7. Evidence of positive impact (x3)
  8. Technical viability (x3)
  9. Grant applicants should demonstrate capacity to manage funds, conduct project activities and document outcomes effectively, within the specified budget and time limits (x1)

The Internet Operations Research Grants criteria and weights are:

  1. Aligned with the Research grants purpose/scope (x4)
  2. Clear benefit for Internet Operations (x5)
  3. Clear objectives and all structured methodology (x4)
  4. Demonstrated research capacity (x4)
  5. Potential for growth/further development (x2)
  6. Engagement within the community relevant to the research proposed (x3)
  7. Addressing research needs that have been clearly identified (x5) 
  8. Relationship with other existing projects at regional/global level that can support dissemination of research outcomes and impact (x2)
  9. Grant applicants should demonstrate capacity to manage funds, conduct project activities and document outcomes effectively, within the specified budget and time limits (x3)