IDRC Grants

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

Through IDRC Grants, FRIDA will provide USD 25,000 to each of three initiatives seeking to explore new ideas, test prototypes and confirm the potential of new and innovative uses of ICT for promoting development and Internet access.

Successful 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, project proposals must seek to create social value and address specific development problems.

The topics addressed by IDRC Grant applicants 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 ICTs: 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.ICTs for community development and poverty reduction. New uses of ICTs in the health, education, industry, environment, agriculture, and other sectors. Economic empowerment, employment and digital economies.  Read more about this category.

We encourage organizations and companies in the public and/or private sectors working on IPv6 deployment and providing solutions to social problems to apply.

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 proposal here! You will be able to select the language of the application form in the footer of the application platform. Download the FRIDA budget template here to attach to your proposal. 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 start date: 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.