Apply for FIRE Africa Grants 2017: Developing Innovative Solutions to Africa’s Education, Information, Infrastructure and Communication Needs

Deadline: 1 August 2017

The Fund for Internet Research and Development (FIRE) is currently accepting applications for its Africa Grants 2017. The beneficiaries will be provided with series of institutional strengthening and capacity building activities aimed at providing the knowledge, tools and contacts needed to further advance successful initiatives.

The FIRE Africa Grants program designed to encourage, support and develop innovative online solutions to Africa’s education, information, infrastructure and communication needs.

Categories

  • Technical Innovation: Innovative projects that use technical concepts and solutions related to Internet development, security and access. This category includes innovation in materials, devices, standards for software and content and delivery.
  • Community Development: Innovative projects that use technical concepts to solve the unique problems faced by communities throughout Africa. Projects should have a specific focus on a particular group or sector of society.
  • Governance Enhancement: Innovative projects that address Internet governance and Internet policy issues including privacy, online freedoms, data retention and access.
  • Education: Innovative projects that use ICT to solve specific educational issues throughout the region, including bringing access to education to isolated communities and marginalised groups in society, combatting educational professional shortages and innovation on information dissemination.

Grant Information

  • The FIRE Africa Grants will provide two Grants of between $10,000 and $12,500 each for two existing successful projects to scale up activities and move to the next level of their cycle.
  • This Grant is for scale up projects that will be implemented within the next 12 months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Projects from African-based public or private sector organizations, university, or research and development institutions and non-government organizations will be considered.
  • Individuals are not eligible.
  • Applications will only be accepted if the project is based in the Africa or Indian Ocean region as defined by the AFRINIC Service Region.
  • FIRE Africa actively encourages Francophone, Lusophone, female-led projects, projects originating in post-conflict countries, and projects that support isolated communities.
  • FIRE Africa also encourages projects that use technology to address the specific challenges faced by women and girls, disabled people or marginalised groups.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online via given website.

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Cote d’Ivorie, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

For more information, please visit FIRE Africa Grants 2017.

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