11 June, 2021
The Internet is under permanent construction. Ensuring its stability and security is essential to strengthen user trust and foster Internet growth in Latin America and the Caribbean.
This line of funding focuses on four themes that are essential to strengthen Internet operation in the region: cybersecurity, resilience, interconnection and network operation.
Funding will be provided to initiatives that promote Internet security with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. Topics of interest include:
- Domain Name System (DNS). Innovative approaches, such as DNSSEC or others, that increase Internet users’ trust in the Domain Name System and in the various online services they access.
- Routing security. Initiatives that support greater deployment of technologies that favor routing system security, including RPKI, RPKI extensions, routing registries, and the adoption of good practices such as MANRS.
- Measurements. Initiatives that study the level of deployment of Internet security technologies, vulnerabilities and trends at the regional level.
- Confidentiality of communications. Strategies and solutions to improve the confidentiality of Internet traffic.
- Data security and integrity. Solutions to strengthen data security and mitigate data leaks.
- Internet of Things security.
- End-user device security. Alternatives to improve security at the end-user device level.
- Capacity building in cybersecurity. Proposals that are sustainable over time and that seek to build capacity in Internet infrastructure security among specific communities.
Resilience refers to the Internet’s ability to maintain an acceptable level of service in the event of failures that affect information traffic. Resilience is often considered a metric of Internet health.
The Internet is always subject to potential threats and vulnerabilities. This demands the development of new technologies and the deployment of collaborative efforts to make the Internet more resistant to the vulnerabilities inherent to its infrastructure and potentially malicious activities that seek to destabilize its operation.
FRIDA seeks to finance initiatives that strengthen Internet resilience in Latin America and the Caribbean. Topics of interest include:
- Distributed Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS). Innovative approaches to prevent DDoS attacks or promote the large-scale adoption of existing technologies.
- DNS. Deployment of anycast DNS services or other innovative solutions.
- Monitoring and mitigation of anomalies. Automated monitoring mechanisms that will allow identifying and mitigating incidents such as packet losses, Internet blocks or routing anomalies.
- Collaboration with global measurement projects. Efforts for our region to contribute with measurement projects such as Atlas, Measurement Lab, RouteViews, RIPE RIS and others.
Interconnection covers the different mechanisms through which Internet operators enable Internet traffic. It includes both technical aspects as well as business strategies for operators to connect among themselves.
The consolidation of the Internet in Latin America and the Caribbean relies on an efficient and reliable interconnection of networks that maximizes the cost-benefit ratio so that the Internet will be more affordable.
FRIDA seeks to finance initiatives that strengthen regional interconnection. Topics of interest include:
- Internet exchange points. Initiatives to bring network operators together and encourage the creation of Internet exchange points and/or to strengthen existing IXPs, including efforts to improve access to content distribution networks (CDNs).
- Measurements. Initiatives to study the state of interconnection in the countries of the region, monitor IXP traffic, and identify regional trends.
- Traffic management: Tools to measure the effectiveness of the internal traffic management practices implemented by IXPs and analysis of traffic management strategies with a focus on interconnection.
- BGP. Automated BGP configuration and management to facilitate interconnection efforts.
- Capacity building in interconnection. Proposals that seek to build capacity in the field of interconnection among specific communities and which are sustainable over time.
The Internet depends on proper network operation. Internet providers in Latin America and the Caribbean have the opportunity to increase the sophistication of their network operation strategies through innovation and automation.
This subtopic focuses only on small and medium operators. FRIDA seeks to finance initiatives that promote innovation in Internet network management in Latin America and the Caribbean. Topics of interest include:
- Automation and innovation. Tools for automated network management, including network operation and monitoring, and innovative solutions for the operation of networks/datacenters.
- BGP. Training and research to encourage automation in BGP configuration and management.
- Domain Name System (DNS). Process automation tools to facilitate the management of DNS servers, both authoritative and recursive.
- Measurements. Systems to visualize and update network status for integrated network management and other measurement tools.
- Innovations in network architecture. Innovative strategies to improve network architecture, including reviews of service needs, the implementation of enhancements to configuration and security audits.
Operators, universities, research centers and government agencies based in Latin America and the Caribbean may apply under the Internet Stability and Security category. Working groups and associations that bring together these actors, such as IXPs, NOGs, university networks and professional networks, may also apply.
Any project implemented with the support of FRIDA must use open-source software and/or open-source hardware.
Proposals submitted to this call for projects must focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. Regional projects with a global impact (for example, the development of security technologies that can be used outside the region) and global projects that are adapted to regional strategies will also be accepted (for example, contribution of regional data to global measurement projects).
Projects applying for a FRIDA grant must have a maximum duration of twelve months. Each project may request between USD 10,000 and USD 40,000.
The FRIDA Award will be presented to an ongoing initiative or completed project that submits concrete evidence of its impact. This means that projects pending execution or that are about to begin will not be accepted. The Award consists of USD 10,000 plus a full fellowship to attend the awards ceremony that will take place in the next LACNIC presencial event.
Special consideration will be given to initiatives originating in countries that face greater challenges for Internet deployment and with gender diversity in their working groups and women in leadership positions.
In the case of the Awards, project proposals will be evaluated based on seven criteria: their quality and consistency; how the projects align with the FRIDA thematic categories; the relevance of the problems they seek to solve; the merits of the initiatives; the innovative nature of the projects; the impact achieved by the initiatives; and the replicability and sustainability of the projects.
In the case of the Grants, proposals will be evaluated based on eight criteria: their quality and consistency; the relevance of the problems they seek to solve; the inclusion of achievable and measurable goals; the innovative nature of the projects; their expected impact; the implementation capacity of the proposing entities; the consistency of the budget with respect to the proposed activities; and the sustainability and replicability of the projects.
Projects must be submitted via FRIDA’s Application Platform. Proposals will be accepted until Friday, 11 June at 23:59 (UTC-3), Uruguay time.
The call for projects is divided into two stages. In the first stage, applicants must submit a summary of their projects by completing a form on FRIDA’s Application Platform. 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.
Call for projects opens: Monday, 26 April 2021
Deadline for submitting project summaries: Friday, 11 June 2021 at 23:59 (UTC-3)
Announcement of shortlisted projects: Monday, 2 August, 2021
Submission of detailed proposals for shortlisted projects: Tuesday, 3 August to Tuesday, 17 August, 2021
Announcement of results: Monday, 20 September 2021
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How to apply
Once you’ve identified your topic of interest, the next step is to select the type of support for which you wish to apply and complete the application form. For more information, click on apply.