March 15, 2017 by 23:00 (EDT)
Innovation, Science And Technology, Networking, Policy, Intellectual Property Rights
Two-year pilot period with the possibility of extension. The initial pilot phase will include support for up to four (4) organizations representing distinct geographic regions.
North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, Latin America
A maximum total of CA$800,000
This call for expressions of interest is open to established research organizations in eligible low-, middle- or upper-middle income countries in sub-Saharan and North Africa, the Middle East, South and South East Asia, and Latin America with strong research and policy engagement track records. To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Possess a track record of rigorous research and analysis on national (and possibly regional) cyber policy related issues. Given the complexity of cyber policy issues, this precludes institutions that focus exclusively on one sector or policy issue;
Be committed to using research to inform national (and regional) public debate and to create spaces for discussion and new ideas; and
Be an existing non-governmental, not-for-profit organization legally founded and registered as an independent entity in the country of operation.
Other eligibility requirements
Institutions must also at the minimum:
Be legally registered in the country of operation;
Have and provide an audited financial statement;
Have a Board of Directors and a chief executive that is accountable to the Board;
Have the ability to convene researchers from other countries in the region;
Be a non-governmental, not-for profit independent organization;
Not depend exclusively on the government for funding;
Carry out policy-oriented research;
Carry out multi-sector research on cyber policy issues that bring together social and economic policy issues.
This call aims to provide institutional and/or networked core support and flexible funding to cyber policy think tanks in the Global South to expand the policy research base and facilitate learning.
The vision for the initiative is that policymakers in participating countries consistently use objective, high quality research to inform decisions on cyber policy related issues. This in turn will allow communities in the developing world to benefit from the opportunities that digital innovation offers, including improved health, governance, education, and economic prospects, while being shielded as much as possible from the harms that digital innovations bring — notably to people’s human rights to privacy, freedom of speech, and security. To this end, the approach of the Cyber Policy Think Tanks initiative is to provide institutional and/or networked core support with flexible funding, mentorships and skills building, and knowledge networking and policy uptake globally for broad-based cyber policy think tanks in the global South. The aim is to:
Strengthen research and policy capacity to produce credible and legitimate research that convenes different perspectives.
Build institutional and organizational capacity to support cyber policy subject expertise.
Facilitate agile policy environments around critical cyber policy issues related to security, rights, and innovation online.
The Networked Economies Program at IDRC invites applications from independent research organizations in the global South that are committed to using research to inform and influence national-level cyber-related policy in the areas of digital rights, cybersecurity, and innovation policy. This initiative will provide funding to promising think tanks, and will work with successful applicants to improve their research, policy, and organizational performance.
The Cyber Policy Think Tank initiative is aiming to strengthen independent policy research institutions in developing countries, and enable them to provide sound research that informs and influences cyber policy. For the purpose of this call, cyber policy is defined as the broad area related to governing information or knowledge societies and includes issues related to innovation (such as intellectual property, telecommunications), security (related to national security, crime, surveillance), and human rights (such as privacy, free expression) online. Networked Economies at IDRC invites independent policy research institutions in the Global South to submit Expressions of Interest that identify long-term strategies to:
Develop their own robust cyber policy research agenda that addresses all facets of cyber policy including human rights, security and innovation, and the interplay of these issues for Global South countries. Note that the ability to demonstrate how your organization will address all three facets will determine your eligibility;
Produce credible and legitimate research that convenes different perspectives on critical cyber policy issues;
Increase their ability to inform and influence policy development; and,
Improve key aspects of their organizational performance and institutional capacity in order to support cyber policy subject expertise.
Definitions and details
Cyber policy: For the purposes of this proposal, cyber policy includes the rules and laws that govern the use of digital technologies — local and/or international enforced norms, formal laws, or even technological arrangements. Cyber policy issues include: infrastructure and access, cybersecurity and surveillance, internet governance, privacy and other digital rights, innovation and economic development, as well as other frontier cyber policy related issues (including but not limited to biometric identification, cybercrime, data for development, algorithmic decision-making, digital finance, drones, Internet of things and smart [or open] cities, new internet access models and next generation connectivity, and other socio-technical issues around gendered access to technologies and skills).
Global South: Eligible low-, middle- or upper-middle income country in sub-Saharan and North Africa, the Middle East, South and South East Asia, and Latin America.
Interested in applying?
If you are eligible, we will welcome expressions of interest as of February 1, 2017.