• April 2 - May 14, 2024
  • Fully Funded

Call for Research Proposals: Internet Society Foundation’s Research Grant Program!

Attention to all independent researchers and public research institutions! The Internet Society Foundation is excited to announce its Research Grant Program, inviting innovative research proposals that delve into the diverse dimensions of the Internet’s impact on society and the environment.

This program is intended for research that is applied and open, meaning the research seeks to answer a real-world question and should be openly published and made available to the scientific community at no cost. The Foundation supports research involving human or animal subjects when the project has been certified by a responsible body to be ethical and in compliance with local law. It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator of the project to obtain these certifications.

Statements of interest and subsequent proposals should address topics related to one of the following thematic areas:

Greening the Internet

The Internet both affects and is affected by the environment and climate change. Having a critical awareness of this impact is key to the Internet’s resilience and ensures its sustainability for generations to come. This awareness may include an assessment of energy consumption by the Internet, or the toxins and waste generated by its use.  It may consider the enabling effect the Internet has on other sectors to limit greenhouse gas emissions. It may examine the ways in which climate change and extreme weather threatens Internet infrastructure and limits connectivity. Research focusing on Greening the Internet should promote an awareness of these and other issues concerning the Internet’s environmental footprint and the sustainability measures needed for it and the planet to thrive.

The Internet Economy 

New and emerging Internet-based activities have the power to disrupt our economic landscapes and lead to unpredictable economic futures. Having a firm grasp of the interactions that create the Internet Economy has the potential to reshape this uncertainty. Unpacking how the Internet transforms traditional ideas about competition, production, and consumption of goods and services could be useful in allowing for equitable and gainful participation of everyone in a rapidly digitizing global economy. Research proposals focusing on the Internet Economy should present an analysis of past or present ecosystems that yields insight into the future of the Internet and its dependent market(s).

A Trustworthy Internet

The Internet is completely trustworthy if and only if it is completely resilient, reliable, accountable, and secure in a way that consistently meets users’ expectations for information and services. The Internet is only worthy of trust when it conforms with what people expect will happen regardless of whether or not those expectations are reasonable. Further, trustworthiness is not a matter of only one layer in the network, and it is possible that some parts of the Internet are trustworthy while other parts are not. For example, while the application layer may be reliable or secure, there may be gaps in the logic or infrastructure, or there may be mistrust in the content. Research engaging the idea of A Trustworthy Internet should attempt to explain how the Internet does or does not meet user expectations and what should or shouldn’t be done about it.

Join in shaping the future of the Internet! Submit your innovative research proposal today and be part of a global effort to create an open, secure, and trustworthy Internet for everyone.


The program provides for two levels of funding:

  • Independent researchers may apply for funding up to US$200,000. Grants will be awarded directly to individuals who are identified as the principal investigator on the project and he/she will be responsible for grant management including all reporting requirements during the life of the grant.
  • Organizations and institutions may apply for funding up to US$500,000. One or more awards in each of the thematic areas are anticipated subject to fiscal year funding.


In order to receive funding from the Internet Society Foundation, all applicant organizations applying must meet the following three (3) requirements:

  • Be a legally registered 501(c)(3) OR equivalent. (Before awarding funds to any organization, the Foundation will verify this equivalency)
  • Possess alignment with the purposes and activities of Internet Society (ISOC), the Foundation’s supported organization
  • Have an official bank account in their name (based on their legal registration)
  • Independent researchers should have a postgraduate research degree (PhD, Masters) and peer reviewed publications, patents, academic or independently published work in the relevant area.
  • Public research institutions should be 501c3 or equivalent and should have a mission that is aligned to that of the Foundation. (Private institutions are not eligible entities to receive funding).
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

  • Applicants are required to submit their application through Fluxx. Please note that the registration process can take up to two days to complete after creating an account. We encourage you to register in the Fluxx portal at the earliest.
  • Applications are reviewed by staff to ensure proposals are aligned with thematic areas and eligibility requirements. If there are any questions staff will reach out to applicants through the provided contact information.
  • Those that are in alignment will move forward to a second stage where proposals are reviewed by independent External Reviewers. The External Reviewers recommend which proposals should be considered for funding to the Program Officer. The Program Officer engages in the final review, negotiation, and determination of grant awards with successful partners. The whole process will take about two months.
  • Researchers are encouraged to submit a full application to be reviewed by the independent External Reviewers. Final submissions will be selected based on the following criteria:
  • Is the research in line with one of the Foundation’s thematic areas?
  • Is the research novel?
  • Is the research applied and can inform decision making?
  • Is the research collaborative?
  • Is the research intersectional in its approach?

Application Deadline: May 14, 2024

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For Further Queries

If you have questions about this program or the application process, please email [email protected] Address : Internet Foundation Society, 11710 Plaza America Drive, Suite 400, Reston, VA 20190
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