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Funding opportunities Latin America and Caribbean ICT projects

 RESTON, VA, USA and GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - 10 June 2008 - The Regional  
 Fund for Digital Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean (FRIDA)  
 has opened its funding round for 2008, calling for regional research  
 organizations to apply for grants for their projects.
 FRIDA is a regional initiative supported by Connectivity and Equity in  
 the Americas/International Development Research Center (CEA/IDRC), the  
 Institute for Connectivity in the Americas (ICA), the Internet Society  
 (ISOC), and the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses  
 Registry (LACNIC), which also manages the Program.
 Each year, FRIDA funds multiple projects developed by regional  
 research teams, selected on a competitive basis. Eligible projects may  
 receive grants of up to US$12,500 for a single year project or up to US
 $25,000 for two years.
 To be eligible, the projects must focus on research which promotes  
 regional capacity building and development in the fields of Internet,  
 Information and Communication Technology (ICT), digital inclusion, or  
 the Information Society.
 "The Internet Society is proud to be a partner in FRIDA," says Lynn  
 St. Amour, President and CEO of the Internet Society. "The many,  
 diverse projects funded by FRIDA contribute greatly to the development  
 of the Internet and ICTs in the region and play an important role in  
 helping to create a more robust, secure, and inclusive online  
 Organizations interested in applying for FRIDA funding support must  
 submit their proposals by email to  
 <> by 15 August 2008.
 More information in the fund, including application forms, is  
 available on the FRIDA website at:
 About the Internet Society
 The Internet Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1992 to  
 provide leadership in Internet related standards, education, and  
 policy. With offices in Washington, DC, and Geneva, Switzerland, it is  
 dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution, and use of the  
 Internet for the benefit of people throughout the world.

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