Deadline:

January 1, 2020.

Location:

Online.

(Award)

Description

Core Infrastructure Fund-Open Technology Fund 2020.

The Core Infrastructure Fund supports the ‘building block’ technologies, infrastructures, and communities relied upon by digital security and circumvention tools strengthening internet freedom, digital security, and the overall health of the internet.

More Details

The Core Infrastructure Fund (CIF) strives to uphold and increase capacity for individuals, organizations, and companies working to fortify the foundational components of demonstrably important technology relied upon by people in repressive countries.

Ideal applications are: open in nature, collaborative, promote a broader understanding of existing challenges and limitations, are preemptive in approach, and/or exist at the core of the internet’s ecosystem. Common applicants come from the community of developers and organizers working on open-source projects recognized as critical dependencies of one or more active platforms or tools strengthening internet freedom and digital security.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Internet freedom.
  • Digital security.
  • Overall health of the internet.

Required Languages

English.

Eligible Countries

ALL WORLD COUNTRIES.

Program Period

6 to 18 months.

OTF awards are generally 6 to 18 months in duration. From time to time, OTF may consider requests to extend existing contracts beyond previously agreed upon duration. Any such decision will be subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the applicants, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of program priorities.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

Ideal applicants are proposing efforts within the scope of this fund and OTF’s mission, values, and principles. In addition, ideal applicants meet one or more of the following:

  • Individuals of all ages irrespective of nationality, residency, creed, gender, or other factors, with the exception that OTF is not able to support applicants within countries that the United States has trade restrictions or export sanctions as determined by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC);
  • Non-profit organization/non-government organization, including U.S.-based NGO, PIO, or foreign NGO;
  • Non-profit university or research institution in any country;
  • For-profit organization or business in any country;
  • Consortia of multiple people or organizations with one individual or organization designated as the lead applicant;
  • Have demonstrated experience administering successful projects, preferably targeting the requested program area, or similarly challenging program environments where OTF reserves the right to request additional background information on organizations;
  • Ideal applicants should not duplicate or simply add to efforts supported by other USG funding programs;
  • Ideal applicants must not reflect any type of support for any member, affiliate, or representative of a designated terrorist organization, whether or not elected members of government.
  • OTF prioritizes projects coming from individuals or organizations who are new to the internet freedom community, identify as under-represented within the field, are requesting less than $300,000 for efforts with a duration less than 12 months. This allows us to empower a new pool of technology and development talent that may not have been otherwise supported.

Opportunity Cost

(Award)

  • Applications that request more than the award ceiling of $300,000 or less than the award floor of $5,000 may be deemed technically ineligible.

How to Apply

First Step: Start filling the application form here, and answer some questions about you.

Second Step: Answer some questions about your project. (What is your project idea? How would you do it? Why are you the right person for this project?)

Third Step: Attach your CV and Choose your Descriptors and Submit your application.

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More Details

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This Scholarship Published by:
Mustafa Abulhamd / Egypt 

Reviewed by” Hesham Galal / Egypt
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team