Internet for Development (I4D) Grant 2019 focusing on Powering Internet Infrastructure

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Deadline: 30 May 2019

The Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF) Asia is seeking applications for Internet for Development (I4D) Grant for 2019 which focuses on Powering Internet Infrastructure.

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The Grant will be allocated to one project that support research and development of software and/or hardware solutions that can improve the stability and reliability of how Internet infrastructure is powered.

This includes but is not limited to solar, wind, and hydraulic solutions used to provide Internet access in remote areas, during disasters, or to power other infrastructure such as IXPs, root servers, datacentres, etc. The monitoring of batteries and their consumption, energy efficiency tools, the management and administration of micro-grids will be considered for this call.

Innovation and a development focus must be an integral part of the project proposal. Proposals must also include an implementation component, a realistic time-frame and a detailed budget breakdown.

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Focus Areas

Proposals must be focused on one or more of the following areas:

  • Technical innovation in provision of efficient, reliable power for Internet infrastructures, particularly in challenging situations such as off-grid, intermittently supplied, or disaster afflicted environments;
  • Creative organizational/partnership arrangement(s) and incentives for development of alternative and renewable energy sources for use in powering Internet infrastructure;
  • Creative technical and business solutions involving provision of power in tandem with Internet access, to expand connectivity to underserved areas;
  • Enabling regulatory frameworks that support innovative technical and business models for power access provision.

Funding Information

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Two small grants of USD 20,000 will be allocated, for a total of USD 40,000 in funding.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Project proposals and award nominations from Asia Pacific-based organizations will be considered.
  • Applications from public, private sector, academia (such as universities or research and development institutions), non-profit and social enterprises are welcome to 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 (mentioned below). ISIF Asia will consider regional diversity and balance when making final decisions.

How to Apply

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Applicants should submit their proposals online via given website.

Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, American Samoa, Australia, Bangladesh, British English Ocean Territory, Brunei Darussalam, Bhutan, Cambodia, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, China, Dem. People’s Republic of Korea, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, Guam, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos People’s Dem. Republic, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pitcairn, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Wallis and Futuna Islands

For more information, please visit https://isif.asia/internet-for-development-grant/

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