Published On: Sat, Aug 3rd, 2013

Information Society Innovation Fund Call for Applications

Deadline: 9 August 2013

ISIF (Information Society Innovation) Asia 2014 has announced a a competitive grants program that provides seed funding for creative solutions to development needs in the Asia Pacific region in the area of information and communication technology (ICT). ISIF Asia is now accepting applications for project grants of up to AUD30 000 for projects that will be implemented within a 3–12‐month period. ISIF Asia provides financial and mentoring support for ICT research that addresses challenges in the following areas:

Innovation on access provision
Code for the common good
Innovation on learning and localization
The funding categories are:

Innovation on access provision: Access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is a prevalent issue in the Asia Pacific region, especially for services that require broadband connectivity. Innovative solutions offering low cost deployment, low power consumption and low maintenance that expanded fixed and mobile access to the internet through new forms of technical and organizational arrangements as well as improved the quality of access based on issues of accessibility, disability and linguistic diversity.
Innovation on learning and localization: Capacity building and localization efforts have been key to develop the skills needed to design, maintain, and manage ICT infrastructure and services in local languages, supporting local talent and creating job opportunities in rural or urban marginalized areas. Innovative, open, inclusive and sustainable approaches to learning and localization are key elements to guarantee the quality of access to knowledge needed to offer reliable services and applications.
Code for the common good: High mobile penetration in the AP region has been a catalyst in the development of mobile-based services, applications and software solutions. These solutions have been used to support timely and relevant information dissemination on a large scale using a range of network infrastructures through a variety of devices, even where literacy rates are lower. Mobile technologies have enabled communities to increase participation in political processes, coordinate efforts during emergency situations, receive extreme weather alerts, communicate with remote health services, and receive specialized patient referrals, among many other applications.
Rights: Strategic use of Internet tools and services to promote freedom of expression, freedom of association, privacy, security, consumers’ rights, gender equality, new forms of intellectual property in the digital environment, and a wider range of issues related to the Internet and human rights.
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