Grant applications and Award nominations accepted for full review will be scored by all Committee members based on selection criteria. Only proposals accepted by full consensus of the Selection Committee will be granted funding.

Submissions will be assessed based on the criteria below:

  • Aligned with the category purpose/scope selected
  • Clear benefit for the community, according to the category selected
  • Clear objectives
  • 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.
  • 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
  • ISIF Asia will consider regional diversity and balance when making final decisions
  • Potential for growth/further development
  • Engagement within the community relevant to the category proposed
  • Relationship with other existing projects at a regional/global level
  • Innovative approach to addressing issues that that have been clearly identified and defined as part of the proposal
  • 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.