Monday, April 23, 2012

Grant opportunity with auDA Foundation, research into internet (25 May)

auDA Foundation Charter

  1. The provision of open scholarships and prize funds to encourage and reward academic and applied excellence;
  1. The funding of pure and applied research including academic positions and the publication of results for the benefit of the Australian community;
  1. The funding of community demonstration projects and the publication of results for the benefit of the Australian community;
  1. The funding of public education and awareness initiatives through all relevant mediums and institutions.

Funding Preferences

  • Improvements to the domain name system,
  • New protocols,
  • Addressing security issues,
  • Addressing privacy issues, or
  • Reducing or eliminating spam.
  • How to better integrate Internet technology into society,
  • Investigations into Internet voting,
  • Using the Internet for enhancing public participation,
  • Addressing issues of social equity and access, or
  • Enhanced consumer protection safeguards.

The general objectives of the Foundation are to promote and encourage education and research activities that will enhance the utility of the Internet for the benefit of the Australian community, including:

Proposals that fail to meet the objectives of auDA Foundation will not be considered for funding.
Examples of projects that have already received funding from the auDA Foundation are available on the website under Grant Recipients Please note that while the featured projects may provide a guide to the sorts of projects likely to be successful, the Board may be unwilling to fund proposals that too closely resemble projects funded in previous rounds.
The auDA Foundation aims to enhance the utility of the Internet for all Australians. The Foundation typically offers grants in the range of $5,000 to $25,000 to not-for-profit organisations and research institutions.
Financial support is provided to proposals that will satisfy the objectives of the auDA Foundation Charter. Priority is given to those proposals that will be completed within 12 months of the date of the grant, however, 3 year PhD student funding will be considered.
Applications (Step 1) for the 2012 Grants Program will be accepted between 23rd April, 2012 and 5:00pm 25th May, 2012 (AEST).

The auDA Foundation Board is keen to see new submissions that will achieve practical outcomes through innovative means, ie. research & development undertaken for the purposes of acquiring new knowledge and/or creating new or improved processes or services.
The Board considers it important for applicants to make an in-kind or financial contribution to their own proposal. We expect that your contribution will be relative to the financial strength of your organisation.
All proposals must, as per the Foundation Charter, deliver education or research activities that will enhance the utility of the Internet. Within the Charter's broad outline, however, many different types of projects might receive funding.

  • Scholarships for PhD students.      
  • Research into Internet related technologies, such as:
  • Research into the social impact of the Internet, such as:
  • Projects focussing on local, regional and national community groups and organisations.
  • Research activities that directly benefit the Australian community.
  • Exploring technologies for improving access to the Internet for regional, rural and remote communities.
  • Improving access for disadvantaged groups.
  • Techniques for applying Internet technology to address social and environmental needs. 

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