The IPO will be accepting (on a rolling basis) proposals for research by individuals and institutions particularly interested in internet policy issues. This call is especially relevant to organizations and individuals interested in what countries do to influence the global internet, what we are calling the ‘foreign policies of the internet’. Particular attention will be paid to proposals that look beyond the policies and narratives of European and North American actors to examine how ‘emerging’ actors and countries are influencing the debate.The results of the research will be presented on the IPO website.
This Call is open to persons and organizations who are particularly interested in internet policy research especially (but not limited to) those who are based in key countries/regions or led by a consortium that is located within the key regions.
These regions are: (1) Latin America & Caribbean, (2) Middle-East and North Africa, (3) South & South-East Asia / Pacific (4) Central Asia (5) East Asia (6) Sub-Saharan Africa.
Research groups and civil society organizations which already have research programs on internet policy issues in the relevant countries and regions are particularly encouraged to apply. Fluency in English is required both for research and relevant administration tasks.
The thematic focus of the proposals may include, but is not limited to, one of the general areas:
- Who and what are the conditions, processes, and stakeholders that are influencing the development of the internet nationally, regionally, and globally?
- How are countries and other strategic global players using the internet to reach foreign policy objectives?
- The effects of Snowden and the NSA revelations on the creation of internet policies and narratives about the internet in national/regional/and international contexts
- An analysis of ‘multistakeholder’ internet governance fora and the stakeholders involved in the global internet governance debate
- How normative frameworks and narratives about the internet are “exported” from one country or region to others
- Cross-national or national surveys of internet users’ perceptions of key aspects of internet policy including trust, security, and censorship.
- The negotiation between public and private governance online.
Each proposal is expected to address one or a combination of the following deliverables.
In order of preference, these are:
- Independent Study: Proposals will be considered primarily on the basis of their relative academic and policy-related merits. Proposals may be for smaller grants to support the publication of a shorter study based on existing research, or for longer proposals geared towards an in-depth research project conducted on the basis of primary research. Proposals should provide an outline of the specific scope and aims of the intended study, and a brief presentation of the research strategy and design (quantitative and/or qualitative, mixed). Applicants are welcome to involve a variety of different research methods.
- Networking: Proposals that create or strengthen networks of internet policy or internet governance research and produce accessible work can also be submitted. Repeated grants can be made to the same applicant.
Budget and duration
Grants can range from USD 3,000 -40,000 per application selected.
The project duration should range from 3 months to 6 months, although in some cases, proposals that have a longer timeframe may be considered.
As part of budget considerations, please note that we do not pay institutional overheads.
Submission deadline and award criteria
Applications submitted to the CGCS must contain the following information:
- Information on the institution and persons within that institution that are applying for the grant. Particular emphasis should be paid on institutional experience, subject matter knowledge, and respective biographies.
- A specific proposal addressing both the general themes as well as deliverables listed above.
- A cover letter indicating the reasons and motivations for applying for the Grant.
- A detailed budget including, where applicable, costs for time and labor, research expenses, and other relevant costs.
- A list of deliverables and respective timelines.
- A point of contact available between the date of application and the 6th of June.
Multiple grant applications are welcome, and can be awarded on a rolling basis. Awards will take into consideration the relevance of the work proposed and the quality of work to be anticipated.
Please send proposals to email@example.com by 5pm EST on June 6, 2014. Applications submitted after the deadline are not guaranteed consideration.