FRIDA Grants

FRIDA Grants provide funding to support research projects and innovative initiatives seeking to explore strategies that will promote Internet access and the use of technologies with a view to encouraging economic and social development in the region.

The aim of these grants is to support ideas and projects in their first stages of development. If your initiative is already underway, we invite you to consider applying for an award or a scale-up.

Project proposals must meet the following requirements:

  • Technological Component: All project proposals must have a technological component through which they seek to solve a social issue.
  • Innovation: Proposed solutions must be innovative, i.e., they must present new strategies, ideas, methods and processes that respond to the social needs of the communities they seek to serve.
  • Social impact: Proposed solutions must seek to create social value and prove how they will meet the needs of their specific target communities.

Each grant will consist of US$20,000. Selected projects must be executed within a period of twelve months.

Call for Proposals 2018

In 2018, the FRIDA Program will focus its funding on two priority topics: Technologies and Gender, and Community Networks. For more information on this new approach click here.

Three grants will be offered as follows.

Technology and Gender Grant

The gender divide in technology remains a challenge in Latin America and the Caribbean. The FRIDA Program will offer one grant to a project that seeks to develop innovative solutions focusing on the promotion of gender equality and women’s leadership in technology and the Internet industry. Priority will be given to initiatives working on:

  • The development of digital skills among women and girls (coding, network management and security, IPv6, Big Data, Robotics, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and Cloud Computing, among others).
  • Women’s participation in digital markets and their access to employment opportunities in technology.
  • The implementation of strategies to defend digital rights and increase online security and the inclusion of women and girls.
  • Women’s involvement in the deployment of Internet infrastructure to promote Internet access and adoption.

Projects must be led by a woman. Likewise, priority will be given to submissions by teams made up mostly of women.

Community Networks Grants

Community networks provide a form of organization for remote, currently underserved communities to help them develop local Internet access solutions. Within the context of this call for projects, the term ‘community networks’ refers to Internet access networks built and operated by citizens who wish to connect their local community, town or city. These networks often have limited range and generally operate in communities of under 3,000 people, although there are cases of networks connecting more than 50,000 users.

FRIDA will offer two grants to projects seeking to explore innovations to contribute to community network development in Latin America and the Caribbean. To be accepted, proposals must address one or more of the following topics:

  • Innovation in business models for the development and consolidation of community networks.
  • Technical solutions, including device development and enhancements to improve network management.
  • Local content development to promote a use of the Internet that responds to relevant and meaningful needs of new users.
  • The promotion of regulations that enable and encourage community network development.

The grants will be allocated to projects/organization working to develop affordable, locally-managed community networks and deploying creative low-cost solutions to bring connectivity to regions without Internet service.

For more information on what constitutes a Community Network, we recommend you check out the following description published by the Internet Society: https://www.internetsociety.org/issues/community-networks/.

How to Apply and Key Dates

Click here to submit your project through FRIDA’s Application Platform: https://programafrida.net/en/frida-application-platform. Note: Proposals will be received until 15 May at 23:59 Uruguay time (UTC-3).

The 2018 call for proposals will be divided into two stages. In the first stage, applicants must submit a summary of their project through FRIDA’s Application Platform. Only shortlisted projects will move on to the second stage, during which the submission of a more extensive proposal will be required.

  • Call for project proposals opens: Wednesday 4 April 2018
  • Deadline for submission of proposal summaries: Tuesday 15 May 2018 at 11:59 pm (UTC-3)
  • Announcement of shortlisted projects: Wednesday 13 June 2018
  • Submission of detailed proposals for shortlisted projects: Wednesday 13 to Friday 29 June 2018
  • Announcement of results: Monday 6 August 2018

Before submitting your proposal, we recommend you read our frequently asked questions. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at frida@lacnic.net.