The 2016 call for proposals is now closed. Results will be announced on June 15.

The FRIDA Awards seek to acknowledge innovative initiatives and practices in Latin America and the Caribbean that have made concrete contributions through the use of information and communications technologies and have had a proven impact on the region’s social and economic development.

Winning initiatives must meet three main requirements. All project proposals must have a technological component through which they seek to solve development issues. Proposed solutions must be innovative, i.e., they must present new strategies, notions, ideas, methods and processes that respond to social needs and can broaden and strengthen communities. Finally, successful initiatives must have a proven impact, i.e., they must submit indicators and evidence that support the creation of value for the target communities.

All proposals must be in line with FRIDA’s areas of focus:

  1. Technical innovation for Internet access and development. Network operation, accelerating and expanding access, devices, infrastructure, the Internet of Things, IPv6 deployment, security, development of open standards, Internet Governance, and regulations for expanding and accelerating access. Read more about this category.
  2. Internet and technologies for social inclusion, strengthening democracy and the exercise of rights and freedoms. (a). Social inclusion and democratization of access and the use of ICT: Participation of youngsters, women and girls in ICT; the digital divide; ICTs and disability. (b).Internet and technologies for civic participation and the strengthening of democracy: Transparency, open data, active citizenship and civic innovation, open government and state modernization, digital media. (c). Internet and technologies for freedoms and rights: Promoting, guaranteeing and exercising Human Rights and fundamental freedoms. Read more about this category.
  3. Internet and technology for social and economic development.ICT for community development and poverty reduction. New uses of ICT in the health, education, industry, environment, agriculture, and other sectors. Economic empowerment, employment and digital economies.  Read more about this category.

Two winners will be selected through this 2016 call for projects. The FRIDA Awards will be presented to ongoing initiatives or completed projects that submit concrete evidence of their impact. This means that projects pending execution or which are about to begin will not be accepted.

The FRIDA Award consists of a USD 5,000 cash prize plus full travel and accommodation for one representative of each project to attend the awards ceremony, which will be held in Mexico during the 2016 Internet Governance Forum.

Before submitting your proposal, we invite you to read our frequently asked questions. If you have any questions, please contact the officer in charge of the program at

Submit your project here! You will be able to select the language of the application form in the footer of the application platform. Proposals will be accepted until 23:59hs Uruguay time (UTC-3).

Key Dates. 2016 Call for Project Proposals.

Call for project proposals opens: Monday, 14 March 2016

Deadline for early submissions*: Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Final deadline for submitting project proposals: Friday, 13 May 2016

Selection process: 14 May – 14 June 2016

Announcement of successful projects: Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Contract signing: June-July 2016

* Project proposals submitted during the early submission period will have more opportunities to articulate with the FRIDA selection team; their authors will be contacted in case of missing materials or if any questions were to arise. Once the early submission period closes, project proposals will continue to be accepted until the final deadline, but these projects will be evaluated as-is.