Internet Operations Research Grants

The Internet Operations Research Grants supports the development of an independent 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

Applicants can apply for an amount between AUD 5,000 and AUD 45,000 based on the research needs, a realistic timeframe and a detailed budget.  Successful applicants will also receive mentoring and support from the selection committee members to encourage knowledge generation and collaboration. For 2016, the total amount available to support research capacity is 90,000 AUD. 

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 around Internet operations, infrastructure and related protocols, such as Network measurement and analysis; IPv6; BGP routing; Network security and Peering and interconnection.

Project results will be shared with the APNIC community at APNIC and APRICOT events, and published on the ISIF website for the benefit of the Internet as a whole. Recipients will encouraged to submit papers to academic peer-review journals as well as research papers to for regional and global conferences such as the IETF to share project results. Applicants are encouraged to calculate travel expenses to engage with the regional/global research community as part of their proposal. Travel will only be supported on economy class and daily expenses can be claimed only against presentation of receipts for meals not included in the events attended, under very strict guidelines. Part of the grant will be used to process travel insurance requests if necessary.

Recipients will be encouraged to share “behind the scenes” lessons learned during the project cycle in the APNIC blog as well as made them selves available for interviews and other promotional activities around the dissemination of project results.

Key dates for 2016

Grants applications open 24 February
Grants applications close 15 June - Midnight UTC
Selection process June-August
Due diligence review and contracts August
Announcement of successful application/s September

Eligibility criteria

Applications accepted for full review will be scored by all Committee members based on selection criteria. Only proposals accepted by full consensus of the Selection Committee will be granted funding. The proposals will be assessed based on the criteria below:

  • Aligned with Research grants purpose/scope
  • Clear benefit for Internet operations: Applications must provide concrete information about how the proposed research will benefit Internet operations, addressing research needs that have been clearly identified in the Asia Pacific region, and its links to other existing research groups or projects at regional/global level. A plan for potential for growth and/or further development will be desirable
  • Clear objectives, well structured methodology
  • Demonstrated research capacity: Applicants should demonstrate their research capacity and evidence of a supporting environment where the research can be undertaken, whether in an academic or industry environment. In addion, applicants should demonstrate capacity to manage funds, conduct project activities and document outcomes effectively, within the specified budget and time limits
  • Project proposals submitted by public or private sector organizations, university, or research and development institutions and non-government organizations will be considered. Members of Network Operators Groups (NOGs), members/partners of IXPs, operators of rootservers, and academics and postgraduate students are encouraged to apply
  • Potential for growth/further development
  • Engagement within the community relevant to this research
  • Addressing research needs that have been clearly identified
  • Relationship with other existing projects at a regional/global level
  • Realistic timeframe proposed. Administrative overheads will not be funded. Project proposals exceeding that maximum grant amount and timeline must specify where the additional funds will be obtained to bring the project to completion. The ISIF Asia program may decide to partially fund a proposal
 

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