How to Apply and Selection Process
Where and how can I apply?
Applications must be submitted online using FRIDA's application platform.
The first step is to register on the platform to generate a username and password.
Once you login to the platform, you will be able to select the types of support for which you wish to apply.
Application forms are available in Spanish, Portuguese and English. The platform will allow you to select the language you wish to use for your application.
What is the difference between FRIDA Awards and FRIDA Grants?
FRIDA Awards acknowledge innovative regional initiatives and practices that promote an open, stable and secure Internet for Latin America and the Caribbean.
FRIDA Grants provide financial support for the implementation of innovative initiatives that seek to promote an open, stable and secure Internet for Latin America.
The following table summarizes the differences between the two types of support:
|Purpose||To acknowledge and recognize innovative projects that support LACNIC's vision for the Internet||To provide financial support to develop projects that support LACNIC's vision for the Internet|
|Stage of development of the proposed project||Ongoing or completed projects with proven impact||New projects seeking to test or explore ideas|
|Benefits provided||USD 10,000 + Participation in the awards ceremony||USD 10,000 – USD 40,000|
|Involves the execution of activities||No||Yes|
|Execution time||Does not apply||12 months|
Can I submit several applications?
Yes, you may submit more than one application. However, not more than one project by the same entity will receive support after each call for projects.
What is the selection process like?
The selection process is the same for both the Awards and the Grants.
It is divided into two stages:
In this first stage, applicants must submit a summary of their project via the FRIDA application platform. After the call for projects closes, the selection committee will read each proposal and prepare a shortlist of projects.
2. Final selection
Only shortlisted projects will move on to the second stage of the process, during which the submission of a more extensive proposal will be required. The selection committee will review, rate and rank the shortlisted projects. Based on this ranking, the members of the selection committee will discuss the merits of each proposal and decide which projects will be supported. The final selection will be decided by consensus by the members of the selection committee responsible for reviewing the projects under each topic.
How can I apply?
To apply, you must complete the application form that will be available online on FRIDA's application platform. Only applications submitted within the period specified in the call for projects will be accepted.
Who can apply?
In the case of the Internet Stability and Security category, applications will be accepted from operators, universities, research centers and government agencies based in Latin America and the Caribbean. Working groups and associations that bring together these actors, such as IXPs, NOGs, university networks and professional networks, may also apply.
In the case of the Free and Open Internet category, applications will be received from operators, universities, research centers and government agencies based in Latin America and the Caribbean.
For the Internet Access category, applications will be accepted from small and medium-sized companies, cooperatives or civil associations seeking to bring connectivity or access to content to underserved communities, universities, research centers and government entities based in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Do I need to have legal status or be legally incorporated in order to apply?
Having legal status or being legally incorporated is not a requirement. However, projects that do not have legal status or are not legally incorporated must have a strong track record and may be subjected to additional scrutiny processes.
In addition, in order to receive FRIDA support, they must channel the funds through a partner entity that does have legal status.
Can I submit a project that will be carried out outside of Latin America and the Caribbean?
No. Proposals submitted under this call for projects must focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. FRIDA will accept proposals for regional projects with a global impact (for example, the development of security technologies that can be used outside the region) as well as global projects that are adapted to regional strategies (for example, contribution of regional data to global measurement projects).
What is the preferred scope of the projects? Local, national or regional?
FRIDA has no specific requirements regarding the scope of a project. Projects may be local, national or regional in scope, depending on the needs and goals of each proposed action.
How is FRIDA financed?
The FRIDA program will be funded exclusively by LACNIC.
Prior cycles of the FRIDA program received significant support from the IDRC, the Internet Society, and the Swedish International Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
How much funding does FRIDA provide?
In 2021, FRIDA will provide a total of USD 374,000 distributed as follows:
Three USD 10,000 awards for each of the program's thematic categories.
Approximately fourteen USD 10,000 – 40,000 grants between the program's three thematic categories.
Do I have to return the FRIDA funds I receive?
No. The funds provided by FRIDA are non-reimbursable.
Execution of the Grants
What is the required length for the projects submitted to the FRIDA Grants program?
The projects which receive funding in the form of grants must be executed within a maximum of twelve months.
Once selected, what are the requirements for receiving a grant?
Selected projects will sign a grant contract with LACNIC.
They will have the obligation to complete the project timely and in due form according to the agreed execution schedule.
The selected projects will also be required to submit halftime and final narrative and financial reports. All funded projects will hold a kick-off meeting with the FRIDA officer.
How are the funds disbursed?
The funds are disbursed in three installments:
First installment: 40%. Following the kick-off meeting with the FRIDA officer.
Second installment: 40%. Against delivery of halftime narrative and financial reports.
Third installment: 20%. Against delivery of final narrative and financial reports.