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Wireless Innovation Project

Grants to USA Nonprofits and IHEs for Wireless
Technology Innovations to Improve Social Welfare

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Foundation / Corporation

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Vodafone Americas Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/05/18 11:59 PM PT


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Grants to USA nonprofits and IHE-based organizations to address social issues around the world through wireless technology innovations. Proposals must involve a multidisciplinary approach to addressing critical global issues such as education, communication access, environment, health, and economic development. Technical issue areas to address can include connectivity, energy, language or literacy hurdles, and ease of use.

Project Requirements:

-The project should demonstrate a significant advancement in wireless-related technology. Innovation is defined as something that hasn’t been done before, building upon existing technology, or a unique combination of technologies

-The project should be at a stage of research where an advanced prototype or field/market test can occur during the award period.

-Projects should demonstrate potential for replication and large scale impact.

-Proposals should include a business plan or demonstration of financial sustainability.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177554

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Number of Grants:

Three winners will be selected by the judges as “first place”, “second place”, and “third place".

Estimated Size of Grant:

Winners will be selected for awards of $100,000 (third place) $200,00o (second place) and $300,000 (first place). Additionally, the Vodafone Americas Foundation will provide up to $2,500 to support the winning projects to participate in a mentorship program such as an incubation or impact hub.

Term of Contract:

Awards will be paid in equal installments over three years. The mentorship program must be completed within 2 years of receiving the WIP grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants should be either (a) U.S. nonprofit corporation or trust that is tax-exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3) and that is a public charity (not a private foundation) or (b) a U.S. University, including a university department, university-based research center, university-based entrepreneurship or technology innovation center that is legally part of the university.

Project team participants may not be an employee of the Vodafone Americas Foundation, Vodafone Group Plc or any entity in which Vodafone Group Plc holds, directly or indirectly, a shareholding or interest of 20% or more or has the right to exercise, directly or indirectly, 20% or more of the voting rights (collectively, the “Vodafone Entities”).

Early-stage research, or ready to launch products, will not be considered.

Pre-Application Information:

Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 PM Pacific Time on March 5, 2018 (the “Entry Period”).

To be eligible for the competition, applicants should pass the Eligibility Questionnaire once you register for the online application. Eligible Applicants will be invited to create a username and password, and the URL of the Wireless Innovation Project™ website will then be sent to eligible Applicants by e-mail.

-March 5: Application period closes
-March 31: Finalists are notified
-April: Judging in San Francisco
-May: Winners are notified
-June: Winners announced

Applicants will be notified if they have been selected as Finalists by e-mail on or about March 31, 2018. Finalists will make a one hour (30 minute presentation and 30 minute Q&A session) presentation to a panel of judges with expertise in the areas of wireless engineering, international development, and social entrepreneurship. The presentation will take place in or near San Francisco, California on or about March 31, 2018. Details and restrictions regarding travel expenses related to such presentation to be paid by the Foundation will be provided to all Finalists at the time of notification that the Applicant is a Finalist.

Applicants selected as potential winners will be notified via email or telephone on or before May, 2018.
Award winners will be required to appear at an event in June, 2018; other events might be added in/near the winner’s hom town after the award has been given) at the Foundation’s expense (travel expense restrictions and details to be provided by the Foundation). At such events, the award winners will be required to make presentations about their wireless innovation. Failure to participate in all such events as required by the Foundation may result in forfeiture of an award winner’s entire award.

The Vodafone Americas Foundation will provide up to $2,500 to support your project to participate in a mentorship program such as an incubation or impact hub, should you find it helpful. Once you have selected a mentorship opportunity that is of interest to you, you will be required to receive approval from the Vodafone Americas Foundation staff, and provide a receipt and confirmation of attending the mentorship event (for reimbursement). The mentorship opportunity will allow WIP winners to receive guidance on how to use their grant and grow their project. The mentorship program must be completed within 2 years of receiving the WIP grant.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Application Questionnaire:

For questions, contact the Foundation by email. You may also contact the Foundation by phone, but email is preferable.
(650) 832-6601

Vodafone Americas Foundation
275 Shoreline Dr., Suite 400
Redwood City, CA 94065

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