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

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

Within the context of this call for projects, social enterprises include for- or not-for-profit organizations seeking to join forces and market strategies to find solutions to social problems.

Social enterprises may apply that have successfully developed innovative technological solutions which address social issues and/or promote Internet access. In order to apply, innovations must have a proof of concept, i.e., they must have demonstrated their potential to address a specific social problem that warrants further scale-up.

Proposed innovations 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.

In 2016, FRIDA will support two scale-up projects, providing each with a non-reimbursable fund of USD 40,000. The two selected projects will also benefit from a series of institutional strengthening and capacity building activities led by Ashoka Argentina valued at approximately UDD 10,000 and aimed at providing the knowledge, tools and contacts needed to further advance successful initiatives. Scale-ups must be executed within a period of twelve months, which may be extended to fifteen. Selected projects must demonstrate concrete outputs as a result of the scale-up activities conducted during their period of execution.

FRIDA Scale-Ups will be selected based on an open call for projects, though priority will be given to projects that have already received FRIDA funding in past editions of the program. 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! You will be able to select the language for 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.