UNDP Fosters Research and Development in Internet Networking

14 Nov 2001

Ha Noi - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is fostering research and development in the area of internet networking, through its Information and Communications Technology Research and Development Grants Programme (ICT R&D Grants Programme), which provides US$30,000 and US$9,000 grants for suitable research projects.

This Programme is aimed at building institutional research capacity in theÑdeveloping countries of the Asia-Pacific region in ICT policy research and Internet networking. It promotes research, testing, and experimentation into original and innovative ICT applications and networking solutions to specific development problems.

Funds are provided by the UNDPÿs Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme, and the Pan Asia Networking Program of Canadaÿs International Development Research Centre.

There are two types of grants under the Programme. One is the Project Grants, which offers a maximum budget of US$30,000 over a term of no longer than 24 months. The other is Small Grants, which provides a maximum budget of US$9,000 over a term of no longer than 12 months.

Applications will be accepted from a government body or a legally incorporated entity located in developing countries of the Asia-Pacific region, or from a consortium of organisations from any part of the world, which has one or more "lead" members from the region. Team projects and co-funding with other agencies or organisations are considered desirable. The deadline for submission of applications is 15 December 2001. For further information about the application procedures, conditions for project funding, and criteria for the assessment of applications under the ICT R&D Grants Programme, please visit the Programme’s web site at: http://www.apdip.net/news/headlines/ict_rnd_grant.htm

Contact Information

UNDP Public Information Unit at (04) 942 1495