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