ISIF Asia first call for applications received an overwhelming response, with 148 applications coming in from 22 different Asia Pacific economies, including Bhutan, Mongolia, and Papua New Guinea. Following strict criteria, 11 successful projects representatives were invited to attend a Proposal Development Workshop in Hyderabad, hosted in Hyderabad, India prior to the Internet Governance Forum in 2008. At the workshop they had the opportunity to modify their proposals based on feedback received from the ISIF Asia partners and other funding candidates, while explored strategies to support effective collaboration among the fund recipients.
The ISIF Asia program granted support to 11 projects in 8 countries. The projects selected showcase innovation across a wide spectrum, whilst building research capacity within leading and partnering organizations. These projects focused on diverse uses of ICT technology, such as mobile-based tele-healthcare, forensic investigation infrastructure, and localized high-performance email for telecentres, and even the establishment of a national high-speed backbone.
The grant recipients for 2009 are listed below, along with their final technical reports documenting their project activities.
The Internet Education and Research Laboratory (intERLab), Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand)
COMPLETED. Summary | Technical report: Development of emergency networks training and tools kit.
The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the National University of Science and Technology (Pakistan)
COMPLETED. Summary | Technical report: Capacity Building of Lady Health Workers in Rural Mardan, NWFP through the use of ICT based Tele-healthcare.
The University of Colombo School of Computing (Sri Lanka)
COMPLETED. Summary | Technical report: A low-cost digital forensic investigation infrastructure for a third world country.
The Bac Ha International University (Vietnam)
COMPLETED. Summary | Technical report: Broadband Internet access for rural areas of Vietnam using WiMAX technology via television broadcasting infrastructure.
One Destination Center (Indonesia)
COMPLETED. Summary | Technical report: VoIP as a model applicable to developing countries
Punjabi University (India)
COMPLETED. Summary | Technical report: Web-based transliteration and translation system between Urdu and Hindi languages
Nepal Research and Education Network (Nepal)
COMPLETED. Summary | Technical report: High-speed backbone for Nepal Research and Education Network
SynapseHealth (The Philippines)
COMPLETED. Summary | Technical report: Health, emergency and disaster information using mobile and virtual earth technology
AirJaldi Networks (India)
COMPLETED. Summary | Technical report: Bandwidth maximizer – proving concepts, demonstrating potential and viability