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Apply Now: $500,000 Research Grants to Improve the Internet

By Wayan Vota on April 22, 2024

Internet Access Funding

Internet Society Foundation Research Grants

The Research Grant Program from the Internet Society Foundation supports global research collaborations that advance understanding of the Internet and its value for all. Proposals should address topics related to one of the following thematic areas:

  • Greening the Internet:  The Internet both affects and is affected by the environment and climate change. Having a critical awareness of this impact is key to the Internet’s resilience and ensures its sustainability for generations to come.
  • The Internet Economy: New and emerging Internet-based activities have the power to disrupt our economic landscapes and lead to unpredictable economic futures. Having a firm grasp of the interactions that create the Internet Economy has the potential to reshape this uncertainty.
  • A Trustworthy Internet: The Internet is completely trustworthy if and only if it is completely resilient, reliable, accountable, and secure in a way that consistently meets users’ expectations for information and services. The Internet is only worthy of trust when it conforms with what people expect will happen regardless of whether or not those expectations are reasonable.
  • Decolonizing the Internet: We acknowledge that the Internet’s development depended on industrial societies that, by their nature, used resources from lands dispossessed from Indigenous people and communities throughout the world. We acknowledge that the Internet can proliferate inequality and injustice, perhaps especially when its design is not inclusive nor its designers diverse.

Applicants should be independent researchers with a postgraduate research degree (PhD, Masters) and peer reviewed publications, patents, academic or independently published work in the relevant area. Independent researchers may apply for funding up to US$200,000

Applicants can also be public research institutions that are 501c3 or equivalent with a mission that is aligned to that of the Foundation. Organizations may apply for funding up to US$500,000. Private institutions are not eligible entities to receive funding.

Apply Now! Deadline is May 14 2024

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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