In this project cycle, FIRN is supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), which aims to undertake data-driven feminist research on critical and emerging issues related to technology-facilitated gender-based violence (TFGBV).
The FIRN project understands that the making of a feminist internet is critical to bring about transformation in gendered structures of power that exist online and on-ground. The objective is to ensure that the needs of women and gender-diverse and queer people are taken into account in internet policy discussions and decision making. This is to be achieved through the setting up of a feminist internet research network where members can undertake data-driven research that provides substantial evidence to drive change in policy and law and in discourse around internet rights. The network will also be a space to facilitate exchange of learning and capacity building among the network members and practitioners in the ﬁeld more broadly, including affected communities and activists, researchers, academics and tech developers, especially those who engage with issues on digital technology and human rights.
- The research budget is between USD 30,000 and USD 40,000 per project, which includes all costs related to the research for its entire duration.
- They will accept applications from individuals and organisations in the global South. You can also apply as a research team. All applications should identify a lead researcher and host institution. Any type of legal entity, including universities, research centres and civil society organisations can host the lead researcher. The lead researcher does not necessarily need to be working at the host institution at the time when the proposal is submitted. However, a mutual agreement and the host institution’s commitment on how the relationship will be established are necessary to be included as part of the brief.
- Representatives from the research teams are expected to participate in at least three research-related workshops. The first workshop will be held by the end of January 2024.
Selection Process and Criteria
- FIRN aims to support the implementation of eight to 10 research projects to be completed within 18 months. Selection will be made in consultation with a group of peer network advisors made up of six individuals who have different experience, knowledge and expertise in the field, based on the following criteria:
- Relevance to the thematic priority and project aims, in particular, to meet knowledge gaps.
- Integration of feminist research methodology and theory. They welcome innovative approaches in this respect, particularly on feminist digital research methodology and theory.
- Integration of a feminist and intersectional approach.
- Potential impact on and contribution to the realisation of a feminist internet and policy advocacy from the speciﬁc area of the research.
- Regional, thematic and methodological balance.
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