[AfrICANN-discuss] Deadline approaching verisign Internet Infrastructure Grant program

Alice Munyua alice at apc.org
Fri Mar 23 20:08:32 SAST 2012

Application deadline for this grant program is April 5, 2012.





  Internet Infrastructure Grant program

Without vision, hard work and creativity, the Internet would not have 
evolved into the global resource we know and use today. More than 25 
years ago the first-ever .com was registered and has since altered the 
course of history to put the world at our fingertips. The Internet has 
changed the very fabric of how we interact, inform, conduct business, 
donate, educate, communicate, connect, and share stories with others 
across the country, continent, and all over the world.

The Verisign infrastructure grant program, launched during the 2010 "25 
Years of .com" commemoration, reflects Verisign's commitment to 
sponsoring research that supports the Internet's robust growth and 
development. Verisign is expanding this program in 2012 to foster new 
research which advances security and stability, encourages Internet 
deployment, and improves the Internet infrastructure overall.

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Verisign is pleased to declare that it will announce two $200,000 
research awards on May 2012 to support research that has the potential 
to improve the availability and security of Internet access in all parts 
of the world. We are seeking proposals for research topics focused on an 
Internet that is available and secure in all countries, supporting a 
range of infrastructures, given the reality that people and 
organizations are relying to a growing extent on mobile devices of all 
kinds for their connectivity. The research funding is intended to 
support two graduate students or equivalent for one year, plus 
institutional overhead.

will be accepted from teams composed of researchers from accredited 
academic institutions, industry research labs, non-profit organizations, 
for-profit corporations, and governmental agencies. Applications from 
teams representing institutions in multiple countries are encouraged. 
All research outputs will be required to be released to the public 
domain for free and unrestricted use.

Applications will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  * *Relevance:* The applicant(s) should propose research that supports
    the stated goal of the program, with a specific focus on global
    accessibility and/or infrastructural improvements that will benefit
    the developing world.
  * *Innovation:* The applicant(s) should propose research that is
    innovative, novel and important. Applications will be judged based
    on the innovative nature of their proposed research foci and goals.
  * *Feasibility:* The applicant(s) should demonstrate that their
    proposed research plan is feasible and can be fully realized within
    the timeframe (May 2012 -- fall 2013) allowed by the program.
  * *Overall Quality:* Judges are asked to provide their overall
    impressions of the grant proposals, encompassing all of the
    aforementioned criteria, as well as any other criteria deemed
    relevant based on their knowledge and experience in the field.

will be due by April 5, 2012 and award decisions will be announced May 
2012. The grants are intended to support research performed during the 
2012-13 academic year. Awardees will present their results at a 
symposium in Washington, DC in fall 2013.

      Key Dates:

*January 17, 2012:* Research Grant Submission Process Open
*April 5, 2012:* Research Grant Submissions Due
*May 2012:* Announce Research Awards
*May 22, 2013:* Research Due
*Fall 2013:* Research Presented at DC Symposium


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