2024 ISIF Asia applications are now open

By on 6 Feb 2024

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The Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF Asia) is now accepting applications for the 2024 funding cycle. Applications close on 28 March 2024.

ISIF Asia 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 supported 145 grants and 34 awards allocating over USD 9.4 million across 32 economies of the 56 in the Asia Pacific region.

Figure 1 — The 2024 funding opportunities.
Figure 1 — The 2024 funding opportunities.

Applications are open to public and private sector organizations, academia, non-profits, and social enterprise organizations.

Thematic areas

There are three thematic areas:

  • Inclusion: Initiatives that help ensure everyone has meaningful access to the Internet, online applications and services.
  • Infrastructure: Initiatives to increase Internet speed, reduce maintenance and operational costs, and improve reliability and/or security.
  • Knowledge: Initiatives that develop technical capacity and/or research around Internet network operations for technical and non-technical audiences.

Within these three program areas, there are additional types of grants.

  • Ian Peter Grants for Internet and the Environment

The Ian Peter Grants for Internet and the Environment can be across any of the three program areas and are to support innovative solutions to the environmental impact of the Internet. They commemorate the life and work of Ian Peter, Internet pioneer and environmental activist.

  • IPv6 Deployment Grants

ISIF Asia’s IPv6 Deployment Grants are also open for organizations planning to deploy IPv6 in the Asia Pacific. IPv6 Deployment Grants range between USD 30,000 and USD 250,000. These are open all year round and are part of the Infrastructure program.

A full list of economies that ISIF Asia has supported is available but applications are welcomed from any of the 56 economies in the APNIC service region. Applications from economies that have not previously received an ISIF Asia grant are particularly encouraged.

Apply now

Applications are open now until 28 March 2024 at 11:59 (UTC +10). For application and selection criteria please familiarize yourself with the APNIC Foundation Portal, where you will be able to submit your application.

First-time applicants will need to create an account. Please ensure you have entered accurate information (including the email address) when completing the registration form. Once you have completed the registration form, you will receive an email notification from the APNIC Foundation with login information, giving you access to the portal and the application forms.

Key dates

Applications open5 February
Applications close28 March
ReviewApril – May
Due diligenceJune – July
Announcement of successful applicantsAugust
Table 1 — Key dates for 2024 ISIF Asia applications.
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