General information about grants

ISIF Asia offers two types of grants: 1) Internet Operations Research Grants and 2) Small grants for technical innovation and community impact. Each type has a separate selection process and calendar and applications are assessed by two independent Selection Committees. Below there is a brief description of both grants. All terms and conditions and additional details required to prepare sucessful applications are included in the right hand menu. 
After the deadline to submit applications, all received submissions are subject to a process of comprehensive analysis, as described in the Selection process section of this website. Shortlisted candidates will be notified. Once all administrative requirements have been met according to the terms and conditions, an official announcement will be widely distributed.

APNIC Internet Operations Research Grants

Thanks to a generous contribution from APNIC, ISIF Asia launched on 9 September 2015 the Internet Operations Research Grants, a 60,000 AUD fund to support independent research on Internet operations, infrastructure and related protocols. The fund will support the development of an Internet research community whose results can improve the availability, reliability, and security of the Internet in the Asia Pacific region, and widen its coverage, applications and benefit for the community.
Members of Network Operators Groups (NOGs), members/partners of IXPs, operators of rootservers, and academics and postgraduate students are encouraged to apply. The fund is open to all relevant topics of interest, however applicants may wish to prepare research proposals in the following areas: Network measurement and analysis; IPv6 deployment; BGP routing; Network security; and Peering and interconnection. 

The call for 2016 research grant proposals is now closed and selection process is under way, visit the Research Grants page for updates. 
The call for 2016 research grant proposals will open early 2016. 


Small grants for Technical Innovation and Community Impact

Grants will be provided to project proposals to be implemented in a period of 3 to 12 months for up to AUD 30,000 that are aligned with the funding categories and eligibility criteria. Project proposals should provide clear and concrete information about the proposed initiative so the evaluation committee can properly assess it. Innovation and a development focus should be an integral part of all project proposals received during the application process.

ISIF Asia provides financial support for projects in the form of "small grants." Small grants are not repayable as no money or interest must be paid back. Grants allocation is decided through a competitive process following a rigorous selection process. This funding mechanism allows the use of flexible and simple management tools. The two categories described below are non-restrictive to the type of technology used, as long as their ir a strong Internet component. For example, applications about wireless and mobile technologies can be accepted for either category as the focus is thematic.The funding categories are: 

  • Technical Innovation: access provision, electricity supply, devices, IoT, IPv6, security, privacy
  • Community Impact: women & girls in IT, democracy enhancement, open data, applications for economic empowerment and poverty alleviation

The call for 2016 small grant proposals will open early 2016.