Expanded ISIF Asia Grants and Awards Program now open for applications

By on 3 Jun 2021

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Applications are now open for the 2021 Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF Asia) Grants and Awards program, which this year will become one of the largest Internet development initiatives of its kind in the Asia Pacific region. 

The grants and awards program empowers organizations across the Asia Pacific region to research, design, and implement Internet-based solutions to solve Internet development challenges that support community development and growth. Since 2008, ISIF Asia has provided 77 grants and 29 awards, allocating USD 3.58 million to 106 initiatives across 24 Asia Pacific economies. 

This year’s ISIF Asia program will dramatically increase funding available to eligible public and private sector, academia, non-profit and social enterprise projects with USD 1.7 million available. 

This new funding support from the Asia Pacific Internet Development Trust (APIDT) will expand ISIF’s Asia focus on inclusion, Internet infrastructure, and knowledge. ISIF Asia is a program of the APNIC Foundation.

Graphic showing ISIF Asia grant and award opportunities in 2021.
Figure 1 — With USD 1.7 million available this year, ISIF Asia will dramatically increase funding available for eligible Internet development initiatives in 2021.

There are three Grants and Awards thematic areas.

  • Inclusion: Initiatives that help ensure everyone has meaningful access to the Internet, online applications and services
  • Internet infrastructure: Initiatives to increase Internet speed, reduce maintenance and operational costs, and improve reliability and/or security. Under this theme, there will be a specific focus on IPv6 deployment, with a separate pool of funding available for initiatives to deploy IPv6 at service providers and other network operators accepting applications later in the year
  • Knowledge: Initiatives that develop technical capacity and/or research around Internet network operations for technical and non-technical audiences

Applications are open now until 19 July 2021 at 11:59 (UTC +10). For application and selection criteria please visit the ISIF Asia website and familiarize yourself with the new Grants and Awards Portal, where you will be able to submit your application.

Information about IPv6 Grants and Awards will be announced shortly. Visit ISIF Asia to sign up for email updates.

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