Vodafone Americas Foundation: Wireless Innovation Project

The Vodafone Americas Foundation™ designed the Wireless Innovation Project™ as a competition to promote innovation and increase implementation of wireless related technology for a better world. Total awards up to $600,000 will be available to support projects of exceptional promise that meet our eligibility criteria. The application period usually opens in October or November — check the online application for exact dates.

The Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project™ (the “competition”) seeks to identify and fund the best innovations using wireless related technology to address critical social issues around the world. Project proposals must demonstrate significant advancement in the field of wireless-related technology applied to social benefit use. The competition is open to projects from universities and nonprofit organizations based in the United States. Although organizations must be based in the United States, projects may operate and help people outside of the United States.

  • Applicants must demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach that uses an innovation in wireless-related technology to address a critical global issue in one or more of the following areas:
    Social Issue Areas
    Access to communication
    Economic development
    Technical Issue Areas
    Language or Literacy hurdles
    Ease of use
  • The project must be at a stage of research where an advanced prototype or field/market test can occur during the award period.
  • The technology should have the potential for replication and large scale impact.
  • Teams should have a business plan or a basic framework for financial sustainability and rollout
  • To submit a proposal, Applicants must first successfully complete the Eligibility Questionnaire. Eligible Applicants will then receive the URL for the online application via e-mail and be asked to create a username and password which will enable them to work on their proposal online. The application consists of multiple narrative questions and a project budget spreadsheet that Applicants must complete and submit. All information must be submitted through the on-line application.Submissions will be accepted from 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on November 1, 2017 to 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on March 13, 2017 (the “Entry Period”). See the Project Timeline for further dates and details.

Vodafone Americas Foundation™ will select up to eight finalists who will present their proposals before a panel of judges with expertise in the areas of wireless engineering, international development, and social entrepreneurship.

  • Winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000 which will be paid in equal installments over three years.
  • Finalists will be notified on or about March 31, 2017. The winners will be publicly announced and recognized at a public forum in June 6–8, 2017.
  • Winners will be required to submit a report twice a year which details progress made toward Project milestones and how the award funds are being used. Annual award installment payments are conditional upon submission of satisfactory progress reports. Such reports will be in the format and contain the information specified by the Foundation.

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