Frequently Asked Questions

Application and Selection Process

¿Where and how do I submit my application?

All FRIDA applications will be completed online, filling out the application forms available at the following links:
Las postulaciones de FRIDA se realizarán en línea completando los formularios disponibles en los siguientes links:
Awards: http://postulaciones.programafrida.net/desafios/ver/premiosfrida
Grants: http://postulaciones.programafrida.net/desafios/ver/subvencionesfrida
Scale-ips: http://postulaciones.programafrida.net/desafios/ver/escalamientosfrida
The application forms are available in Spanish, Portuguese and English. In the footer of the application plataform, you will have to select the language in which you wish to visualize the form.

What is the difference between an award, a grant and a scale-up?

FRIDA Awards seek to acknowledge innovative initiatives and practices that leverage information and communications technology to provide creative solutions for the region’s social and economic development.

FRIDA Grants provide funding to support research projects and innovative initiatives that seek to explore the potential of information and communications technology for promoting the region’s social and economic development and Internet access.

FRIDA Scale-Ups seek to strengthen social enterprises that have developed successful technological solutions by allowing them to gain scale.

The following table summarizes the differences between awards, grants and scale-ups considering program objectives, stage of development of eligible projects, benefits and implications in terms of timing and activities.

Awards Grants Scale-Ups
Objective To recognize and acknowledge innovative technological solutions To provide financial support for developing technological solutions or conducting research To provide financial support to scale up technological innovations with a social purpose
Stage of development of the proposed project Ongoing or finished projects with a proven impact Emerging projects seeking to test or explore new ideas Projects which have developed technological solutions that warrant upscaling
Benefits USD 5,000 + participation at the IGF USD 20,000-30,000 USD 40,000
Involves the execution of activities No Yes Yes
Execution time Not applicable 12 months, extendable to 15 months 12 months, extendable to 15 months

Can I apply for more than one type of support?

Yes, but it must be noted that awards, grants and scale-ups are treated as three different types of support, and therefore different application forms must be completed in each case. Likewise, while it is possible to request more than one type of support, we recommend prioritizing application quality, i.e., well thought-out applications that effectively communicate why a project should be acknowledged or funded.

What are the key dates of the process?

This year, FRIDA will issue only one call for proposals for its Awards, Grants and Scale-Ups programs. Key dates are as follows:

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

What are FRIDA's areas of focus?

FRIDA focuses on three topic categories: 1. Technical innovation for Internet access and development; 2. Internet and technologies for social inclusion, strengthening democracy and the exercise of rights and freedoms; 3. Internet and technology for social and economic development. We recommend reading more about each category at FRIDA Topics of Interest.

These topics of interest are cross-cutting to the three types of support offered by FRIDA: Awards, Grants and Scale-Ups. Nevertheless, in each case the program may prioritize certain specific topics. We recommend carefully reading the requirements for each type of support to see which topics are being prioritized.

What is the selection process like?

The selection process is the same for all three types of support. The same Selection Committee evaluates submissions for all three programs.

Those interested in applying to obtain an Award, Grant or Scale-Up will have two months to do so, for which they must complete the application form that will be available online from Monday 14 March, 2016.

Once the call closes, projects will be shortlisted for each type of support. According to their areas of expertise, members of the Selection Committee will receive the shortlisted proposals for their evaluation. The final selection will be made by consensus of all members of the Selection Committee. 

How can I apply?

To apply, you must complete the online form which will be available from Monday 14 March to Friday 13 May. We invite you to visit the AwardsGrants and Scale-Ups pages, where you will find specific application requirements and the corresponding application forms.

Those interested in applying to obtain an Award, Grant or Scale-Up will have two months to do, for which they must complete the application form that will be available online from Monday 14 March, 2016.

Once the call closes, projects will be shortlisted for each type of support. According to their areas of expertise, members of the Selection Committee will receive the shortlisted proposals for their evaluation. The final selection will be made by consensus of all members of the Selection Committee. 

Eligibility

Who can apply?

Applications will be accepted from teams representing civil society organizati0ns, public and private universities, government agencies and private enterprises whose activities are in line with the program’s priorities. Individual applications will not be accepted.

Applying organizations must be based in Latin America or the Caribbean.

What should the geographic scope of a project be?

FRIDA has no specific requirements regarding a project’s geographic scope. Depending on their specific needs and objectives, projects may be local, national or regional in scope. 

Do I have to be legally incorporated in order to apply?

Being legally incorporated is not a requirement. However, organizations that are not legally incorporated should have a strong working background and may be subject to additional scrutiny by the program.

Funding

How is FRIDA funded?

This 2016-17 FRIDA cycle will be funded through contributions from LACNIC, IDRC and the Internet Society. SIDA, the Swedish International Cooperation Agency, contributed significantly to the program during its 2012-2015 cycle and is a member of the Seed Alliance.

How much funding does FRIDA provide?

In 2016, FRIDA will provide a total of USD 235,000 in the form of Awards, Grants and Scale-Ups, distributed as follows:

Awards: 2 projects will receive USD 5,000 each.

Grants: 6 projects will receive between USD 20,000 and USD 30,000 each.

Scale-Ups: 2 projects will receive USD 40,000 each.

Do I have to pay back the funds I receive?

No, all funds provided by FRIDA are non-reimbursable.

Project execution: Grants and Scale-Ups

What is the project duration

Projects must have a maximum duration of 12 months, which may be extended to 15 months.

What are the reporting requirements?

Successful projects must submit narrative and financial reports at the midpoint and conclusion of the project. All projects receiving funds will have a kick-off meeting with the FRIDA officer and must report any execution setbacks which might potentially delay the approved timetable.

In the case of scale-ups, successful projects will receive ongoing support and will be required to submit additional outputs.

How are the funds disbursed?

Funds are disbursed in three installments:

First installment: 40%. After the kick-off meeting with the FRIDA officer.

Second installment: 40%. Following submission of the midpoint narrative and financial reports.

Third installment: 20%. Following submission of the final narrative and financial reports.