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Applications for ISIF Asia’s 2016 grants are now open, with the largest ever pool of AUD 386,000 available, across four grant programs to support projects using the Internet for social and economic development in the Asia Pacific.

 

Applications are open from today until 31 May 2016.

 

 

Projects that introduce, improve, and apply Internet technology for the benefit of the Asia Pacific community may be eligible for financial support in the following categories:

 

APNIC Internet Operations Research Grants
The aim of the APNIC Internet Operations Research Grants is to support the development of a research community focused on improving the availability, reliability, and security of the Internet in the Asia Pacific.
The grants are open to researchers working on Internet operations, infrastructure and related protocols in areas such as:
    – Network measurement and analysis
    – IPv6 deployment
    – BGP routing
    – Network security
    – Peering and interconnection

 

Public or private sector organizations, universities, research and development institutions and non-government organizations will be considered, with members of Network Operator Groups (NOGs), IXPs, root server operators, academics, and post-graduate students particularly encouraged to apply.

 

Applicants can apply for funding between AUD 5,000 to AUD 45,000 based on research needs, a realistic timeframe, and a detailed budget. AUD 90,000 is available in total to fund successful applications.

 

Internet Society Cybersecurity Grant
A single grant of AUD 56,000 is available for a project focusing on the resiliency and security of the Internet’s naming and routing functions, through innovative approaches to Domain Name Security Extensions (DNSSEC), RPKI and BGP. These approaches should enhance user confidence in Internet-based services and options for the deployment of secure routing standards.

 

Strong emphasis is placed on documenting impacts and sharing knowledge through papers, videos, and associated communication materials.

 

Community Impact Grants
Innovation and development are integral components of these grants, with AUD 60,000 available to fund two new projects and a single grant of  AUD 50,000 to scale up an existing solution. The organization selected under the scale-up grant will also receive a capacity building package valued at AUD 10,000.

 

Areas of focus for this grant include women and girls in IT, enhancing democracy, open data, economic empowerment, poverty alleviation health and education.

 

Technical Innovation Grants
Innovation and development are integral components of these grants, with AUD 60,000 available to fund two new projects and a single grant of AUD 50,000 to scale up an existing solution. The organization selected under the scale-up grant will also receive a capacity building package valued at AUD 10,000.

 

Areas of focus include access provision, electricity supplies, devices, Internet of Things (IoT), IPv6, and privacy.

 

Apply Now
The ISIF Asia grant programs present a great opportunity to secure seed or supporting funds for those who are addressing local and regional issues using Internet technologies in an innovative way, and would not be made possible without contributions from APNIC, the Internet Society and the Canadian International Development Research Centre.

 

Please note: all grant allocations are competitive and follow a rigorous selection process

 

More information, eligibility criteria for each grant program, and application forms are available on the ISIF Asia website: http://isif.asia/grant

ISIF Asia Secretariat: http://www.isif.asia

ISIF Asia Information Society Innovation Fund: https://www.apnic.net