Internet Society Foundation Opens 2024 Research Grant Programme

The Internet Society Foundation’s Research Grant Programme supports global research collaborations that advance understanding of the internet and its value for all.

The programme is intended for research that is applied and open, meaning that the research seeks to answer a real-world question and should be openly published and made available to the scientific community at no cost.

To be eligible for support, projects should address topics related to one of the following thematic areas:

  • Greening the Internet: research under this theme should promote an awareness of issues concerning the internet’s environmental footprint and the sustainability measures needed for it and the planet to thrive.
  • Internet Economy: analysis of past or present ecosystems that yields insight into the future of the internet and its dependent market(s).
  • A Trustworthy Internet: research engaging this concept should attempt to explain how the internet does or does not meet user expectations and what should or should not be done about it.
  • Decolonising the Internet: research under this theme should explore restorative, liberating, and transformational practices that bridge the past to a more just future or bring those at the margins closer to the centre, and other methods toward an internet for everyone.

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Eligible individual applicants are independent researchers with a postgraduate research degree (PhD, Master’s) and publications/patents in the relevant area. The host organisation must be a non-profit research institution without geographical restriction.

The programme provides for two levels of funding:

  • Independent researchers may apply for funding up to $200,000.
  • Organisations and institutions may apply for funding up to $500,000.

Funding decisions are expected to be announced in July 2024.

(This Bulletin article was the subject of a ResearchConnect news alert.)