Vodafone Americas Foundation: Wireless Innovation Project

The Vodafone Americas Foundation is accepting applications to fund 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. Award amount is up to $300,000 over three (3) years. The submission deadline is March 6.

Vodafone Americas Foundation: Wireless Innovation Project
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The Vodafone Americas Foundation is accepting applications to fund 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; education; economic development; environment; health
  • Technical Issue Areas: connectivity; energy; 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.

Submission Deadline: March 6, 2017 by 11:59pm PST. Interested applicants must first submit an Eligibility Questionnaire, which can be found here: http://vodafone-us.com/application/questionnaire.php. Application Guidelines for the award can be found here: http://vodafone-us.com/wireless-innovation-project/about-wip/

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Kavita Hall, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, at or 919-962-2013. The UNC Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is available to provide assistance in pursuing privately funded opportunities. 

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