Announcing $4.5 Million in Funding to Support Research on the Future of the Internet

We are proud to announce the opening of our 2024 application cycle for the Research Grant Program. This program offers grants of up to US$500,000 to support researchers worldwide examining the future and sustainability of the Internet.

We encourage independent researchers, non-profit organizations, and public research institutions worldwide to submit proposals that explore the following thematic areas:

  • A Trustworthy Internet
  • Decolonizing the Internet
  • Greening the Internet
  • The Internet Economy

“Creating new knowledge through rigorous research is essential in ensuring the Internet’s long-term health,” said Sarah Armstrong, Executive Director of the Internet Society Foundation. “By supporting a diverse range of researchers, we gain a deeper understanding of the Internet’s impact on society and can use that evidence to shape a more equitable and sustainable future.”

“Our research involved technical work, field visits, and collaborative workshops with rural users. The Global South, especially the rural areas, is very contextual. Building technologies the way big tech does may not work well because if it’s irrelevant to the users, they wouldn’t use it. Without the Internet Society Foundation grant, it would have probably been impossible to do this research.” – Francis Saa-Dittoh, University for Development Studies, Ghana.  (Learn more about Francis’ research that is using artificial intelligence to promote digital inclusion).

Independent researchers may receive funding up to US$200,000, while organizations and institutions can receive up to US$500,000.

Applications will be accepted between April 2nd and May 14th, 2024. The application period closes at 21:00 UTC on May 14th, 2024.

We are committed to open access research, and all funded projects must be published and made freely available to the public. We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups in the research community.

Learn more and apply at this link.

Informative sessions

We’re running two webinars if you want to hear from our team and have a chance to get more details about the funding available:

Register for session 18 April – English Only – 14:00 UTC

Register for session 211 April – Interpretation in French and Spanish – 12:00 UT

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