Frequently Asked Questions

Application and Selection Process

¿Where and how do I submit my application?

All applications must be submitted online via the FRIDA Application Platform:

The first step is to register on the platform and create a username and password.

Once you log on to the platform, you will be able to apply for the type of support of your choice.

Application forms are available in Spanish, Portuguese and English. The platform will allow you to select the language in which you wish to submit your proposal.

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 20,000-40,000
Involves the execution of activities No Yes Yes
Execution time Not applicable 12 months. 12 months.

Can I apply for more than one type of support?

Yes, but it must be noted that awards, grants and scale-ups are three different types of support, and therefore different application forms must be completed in each case. Additionally, 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?

To facilitate the application process, the 2019 call for proposals will be divided into two stages. In the first stage, applicants must submit a summary of their project the FRIDA application platform. Only shortlisted projects will move on to the second stage, during which the submission of a more extensive proposal will be required.

The dates for the 2019 call for proposals are as follows:

  • Call for project proposals opens: Monday 1st April 2019.
  • Deadline for submitting proposal summaries: Wednesday 15 May 2019 at 23:59 (UTC-3).
  • Announcement of shortlisted projects: Monday 10 June 2019.
  • Submission of detailed proposals for shortlisted projects: Monday 10 June to Friday 28 June 2019
  • Announcement of results: Monday 5 August 2019.

What are FRIDA's areas of focus?

FRIDA focuses on three thematic categories:  1. Internet development; 2. Internet and technologies for participation; 3. Internet and technologies for the good of the communities. 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 call 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.

The process includes two stages:

1. Pre-selection:

In this first stage, applicants must submit a summary of their project via the FRIDA Application Platform. Once the call for proposals closes, the Selection Committee will read each proposal and prepare a project shortlist.

2. Final selection:

Only shortlisted projects will move on to the second stage during which the submission of a more extensive proposal will be required. The Selection Committee will assess each proposal and prepare a ranking. Based on this ranking, members of the Selection Committee will evaluate the merits of each proposal and determine which projects will receive support. The final selection will be made with consensus of all members of the Selection Committee.

How can I apply?

To apply, you must complete the form available at between Monday 1st April and 15 May 2019.  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 the FRIDA Program will have one month and a half to do so starting on April 1, 2019.

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.


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?

Projects must be developed only and exclusively within Latin America and the Caribbean.

Beyond this regional focus, FRIDA has no specific requirements regarding a project’s geographic scope. Depending on the specific needs and objectives of each action, 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.

In addition, in order to receive FRIDA support, the funds must be channeled through a partner organization having legal status.


How is FRIDA funded?

The 2019 edition of 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 2019, FRIDA will provide a total of USD 25,000 distributed as follows:

Awards: 1 project will receive USD 5,000.
Grants: 1 project will receive USD 20,000.
Scale-Ups: This category will not be available in 2019.

In 2018, FRIDA provided a total of US$95,000 distributed as follows:

Awards: 2 projects will each receive US$5,000.
Grants: 3 projects will each receive US$20,000.
Scale-ups: 1 project will receive US$20,000.

In 2017, FRIDA provided a total of USD 30,000 distributed as follows:

Awards: Two (2) projects will receive USD 5,000 each
Grants: One (1) project will receive USD 20,000
Scale-Ups: This category has not been opened in 2017

In 2016, FRIDA provided 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 that receive support through the Grants and Scale-up funding must have a maximum duration of 12 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.