Funding opportunities from OTF and elsewhere
OTF sends a regular announcement of upcoming funding deadlines relevant to internet freedom to our OTF-announce mailing list. The announcement includes funding opportunities from both OTF and alternative funding sources. Below you can find the May 2019 edition.
If you’d like to receive this announcement directly in your inbox, you can sign up for our low traffic OTF-announce mailing list here. In addition, you can find our compiled list of alternative funding sources here. The opportunities listed below are only for those with approaching deadlines, while a number of funders accept applications on a rolling basis.
OTF - Digital Integrity Fellowship Program
Next deadline: July 15, 2019
The Digital Integrity Fellowship Program (DIFP) connects individual digital security experts with organizations and communities most affected by internet freedom violations, with a goal of increasing their digital security capacity and know-how. By embedding with host organizations for the full duration of their fellowship, DIFP fellows are able to address both short- and long-term threats facing these organizations - instilling longer lasting change and improvements for organizations, filling a gap left by short-term, one-off security trainings. DIFP fellows may embed with any host organization of their choosing so long as sufficient justification is provided demonstrating their relevance and need. Fellows are given a stipend of $5,000 per month for a maximum of 12 months; Awarded fellows will also be allotted an “organizational support stipend” of $5,000 total to cover equipment and subscription costs used in connection with maintaining security protections for recipient organizations.
OTF - Internet Freedom Fund
Next deadline: July 1, 2019
The Internet Freedom Fund is OTF's primary way to support projects and people working on open and accessible technology-centric projects that promote human rights, internet freedom, open societies, and help advance inclusive and safe access to global communications networks. Successful applicants are awarded monetary support up to $900,000 and no less than $10,000, with preference given to projects and people who are new to the internet freedom community, directly serving those living within repressive environments, and are requesting less than $300,000 for a duration of 12 months or less.
OTF - Core Infrastructure Fund
Next deadline: July 1, 2019
The Core Infrastructure Fund supports the development, improvement, and increased adoption of foundational 'building block' technologies that are relied upon by digital security and circumvention projects. This may include efforts focused on sustaining or improving PGP, SSL, SSH, Tor, OTR, pluggable transports, code libraries, or other technologies, infrastructures, and standards that make up the core building blocks of everyday internet freedom technologies and which are used by people throughout the world to increase their access, privacy, and security online.
OTF - Rapid Response Fund
The Rapid Response Fund is part of a broader OTF initiative which aims to facilitate the development of a strong digital emergency response community that can work together to resolve threats in a timely and comprehensive manner. OTF offers both direct financial support as well as technical services from trusted service partners to resolve digital emergencies experienced by high-risk Internet users and organizations, such as bloggers, activists, journalists. and human rights defenders.
OTF - Labs
For more specific, one-off support needs and services, check out OTF's Labs: Localization, Community, Engineering, Usability, Red Team, Learning, and Legal.
Learn more about OTF’s Labs here: https://www.opentech.fund/labs
Tactical Technology Collective - Open Call for Partners: Exposing the Invisible – The Kit
Deadline: May 10, 2019
Tactical Tech is “looking for partners who would like to further co-develop, localise and disseminate” Exposing the Invisible – The Kit, a recently launched “collaborative resource of investigative techniques, tools and inspiration.” Possible collaborations described by Tactical Tech include “co-developing new Kit content or expanding existing content; contributing to public outreach; planning and hosting investigation workshops, training and other events; [and] localisation and/or translation of content.” Tactical Tech says that “depending on the types of activities and collaboration, we can provide some funds to support the partnership.”
More information: https://tacticaltech.org/news/call-out-partnerships-eti/
Open Internet for Democracy Initiative - Leaders Program
Deadline: May 17, 2019
The Leaders Program is “an eight-month non-resident leadership program that empowers emerging leaders from across the globe to build their advocacy and organizing skills to protect internet freedom.” The 2019-2020 theme is “network sovereignty” and the threat to an open internet. The program offers participants “an honorarium of $1000 USD for completing their required activities” and travel support to attend the 2019 Internet Governance Forum in Berlin as well as “one regional forum/conference.” The Leaders Program is a collaborative effort between the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA).
More information: https://openinternet.global/open-internet-democracy-leaders-program
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School - Technology and Democracy Fellowship
Deadline: May 24, 2019
The Ash Center’s Technology and Democracy Fellowship “explore[s] technology’s role in improving democratic governance—with a focus on connecting to practice and on helping Harvard Kennedy School students develop crucial technology skills...The Fellowship welcomes mid-career practitioners with an interest in leveraging technology to improve democratic governance.” The non-residential fellowship is unpaid.
More information: https://ash.harvard.edu/technology-and-democracy-fellowship
Barcelona City Council - Digital Social Innovation Fund
Deadline: May 29, 2019
Barcelona City’s digital social innovation fund is accepting applications in support of civic tech projects implementing decentralized, privacy-enhancing technologies within the local community to stimulate (translated from Spanish) “socioeconomic innovation, responsible tourism, and social and digital innovation.” A maximum of €50,000 is available.
More information: https://empreses.barcelonactiva.cat/ca_ES/web/es/impulsem-el-que-fas
Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) - Africa Digital Rights Fund
Deadline: May 31, 2019
CIPESA's Africa Digital Rights Fund (ADRF) "offer[s] flexible and rapid response grants to select initiatives in Africa to implement activities that advance digital rights, including advocacy, litigation, research, policy analysis, digital literacy and digital security skills building...ADRF grant amounts will range between US$ 1,000 and US$ 10,000 based on the need and scope of the proposed intervention. The grant period will not exceed six months with an average of 15 grants to be awarded per year."
More information: https://cipesa.org/2019/04/cipesa-establishes-the-africa-digital-rights-fund/
Fund for Internet Research and Development (FIRE) Africa - 2019 FIRE Africa Award
Deadline: May 31, 2019
The FIRE Africa Awards “seek to acknowledge innovative initiatives in Africa and have made concrete contributions to the use of information and communications technologies and have had a strong impact on the region's social and economic development.” The 2019 Award focuses on “ICT for Development.” One winner will be selected and awarded $3,000 “plus full travel and accommodation for one representative of the selected project to attend the awards ceremony” being held in Berlin, Germany in November 2019.
More information: https://www.fireafrica.org/awards
Mozilla - Research Grants
Deadline: June 1, 2019
Mozilla Research Grants aim to “help us keep the Internet safe, open, and accessible to all, as it evolves.” For this call, Mozilla is “accepting proposals to answer 12 specific research questions, in three categories: Growing the Web, New Interaction Modes, and Privacy & Security.” Applicants “must be affiliated with a university, research institute or research-focused registered non-profit” and funding of up to “$25,000 including all expenses” is available. Funding duration is expected to be “around one year.” See the link below for more specific information, including details regarding the 12 research questions; one of particular relevance is “RQ12: Privacy & Security for Firefox,” which is focused on “potentially integrating more of Tor into Firefox.”
More information: https://mozilla-research.forms.fm/mozilla-research-grants-2019h1/forms/6510
NLNet Foundation - Next Generation Search and Discovery
Deadline: June 1, 2019
NLNet is seeking proposals requesting between €5,000 and €50,000 for projects looking to improve online search and discovery functionality. Specifically, projects should focus on ways “to put powerful new technology in the hands of future generations as building blocks for a fair and democratic society and an open economy that benefits all.” This effort is part of the EU’s Next Generation Initiative (NGI), which seeks to “re-imagine and re-engineer the internet for the third millennium and beyond to shape a value-centric, human and inclusive society for all."
More information: https://nlnet.nl/discovery/
NLNet Foundation - Privacy & Trust Enhancing Technologies
Deadline: June 1, 2019
NLNet is seeking proposals requesting between €5,000 and €50,000 for projects for Privacy and Trust projects “aimed at providing people with new instruments that allow them more agency - and assist us with fulfilling the human need of keeping some private and confidential context and information private and confidential.” This effort is part of the EU’s Next Generation Initiative (NGI), which seeks to “re-imagine and re-engineer the internet for the third millennium and beyond to shape a value-centric, human and inclusive society for all.”
More information: https://nlnet.nl/PET/
RFE/RL - Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship 2019 - 2020
Deadline: June 2, 2019
“The purpose of the Fellowship is to support aspiring journalists from countries lacking media freedom and independence to pursue their profession in support of pluralism. It is inspired by former Czech President Václav Havel's belief in the transformational role of journalism in challenging tyranny and oppression.” Fellowship terms run from November 18, 2019 - June 26, 2020; the fellowship is open to journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine.
More information: https://pressroom.rferl.org/call-for-applications-vaclav-havel-journalism-fellowship-2019-2020
Facebook - Networking Systems RFP
Deadline: June 7, 2019
Facebook’s Research program is soliciting proposals related to networking systems, with a specific focus on two categories: 1) “Improving network efficiency with intelligent control, such as traffic engineering, routing, cache management, and congestion control,” and 2) “Enhancing programmable switches and their applications, such as troubleshooting, hardware acceleration, and new routing protocols.” Facebook anticipates “awarding six awards, each in the $50,000 range.”
More information: https://research.fb.com/facebook-announces-new-networking-systems-research-awards/
The ISC Project - Small Technology Grants
Deadline: June 9, 2019
The Information Safety and Capacity (ISC) Project is soliciting proposals for small technology grants, with funding between $2,000 - $24,000 available for projects for up to 12 months in duration. ISC’s Small Technology Grants aim to “foster the development of improved technology-based solutions to information security threats” and should focus on “technical testing of existing tools,” “linguistic translation of existing software interface, documentation, or training materials,” “creation of product documentation or training materials,” and/or “customization or improvement of existing tools.” Grants “will not focus on the development of new technologies.” Note that the deadline to submit questions is May 15, 2019.
More information: https://www.iscproject.org/technology-grants
National Science Foundation (NSF) - Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) FY19 Solicitation
Application opens: October 1, 2018
Deadline: September 30, 2019
NSF’s SaTC program “welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy,” with preference given to “proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines.” NSF estimates that there will be $68 million available for project funding, with 93 awards in total expected. Funding is available for small (up to $500k, up to three years) and medium (from $500,001 to $1.2 million, up to four years) projects across three designations (CORE, Education, and Transition to Practice). Note that per NSF guidelines, applicants must be U.S.-based. This year, NSF is accepting SaTC submissions on a rolling basis over the course of a year, from October 2018 until September 2019. There are a number of other notable changes made from past NSF SaTC solicitations, which can be found in the posting linked to below.
More information: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18572/nsf18572.htm
Internet Society Foundation - Beyond the Net Small Grant Programme
Deadline: October 30, 2019
The Internet Society’s Beyond the Net Small Grant Programme is available to Internet Society Chapters and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for “projects such as learning opportunities, skill development, networking events, and membership and marketing campaigns” with a goal of “contribut[ing] to the development of the Chapter and local community” or “strengthen[ing] the impact of the Internet Society’s mission and global initiatives with complementary local activities,” for example. Grants of up to $3,500 per Chapter are available. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and must be completed at least 60 days in advance of the proposed effort.
More information: https://www.isocfoundation.org/grant/beyond-the-net-small-grants/
In addition to the open application windows listed above, you can always check our compiled list of alternative sources of support: https://guide.opentech.fund/appendix-iv-alternative-sources-of-support
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