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Vodafone Americas Foundation: Wireless Innovation Project
275 Shoreline Drive
Suite 400
Redwood City, CA

Email: americaswip@vodafone.com
Url: http://vodafone-us.com/wireless-innovation-project/

Geographic Scope:

Type of Organization: Corporate Foundation

Total Annual Giving:  $600,000

Grant Range: $100,000 - $300,000

Eligibility Requirements:
Nonprofit organizations and universities

Application Deadlines:
February 22, 2016
(The 2017 deadline will be available in the fall of 2016.)

Areas of Interest:
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.

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.

Applicants should propose an innovation in wireless-related technology to address a critical global issue in one or more of the following issue areas:

Social issue areas include:

  • access to communication;
  • education;
  • economic development;
  • environment; and,
  • health.

Technical issue areas include:

  • connectivity;
  • energy;
  • language or literacy hurdles; and,
  • ease of use.

Projects should involve an established multi-disciplinary team that demonstrates the expertise needed for a comprehensive solution to the targeted problem. For example, a team may consist of members from two or more of the following disciplines: engineering, design, business, international development, or other relevant disciplines. A team may also consist of university-based researchers and nonprofit organizations working such areas as international development, health, or environment.

The technology should demonstrate potential for replication and large-scale impact.
Funded projects should be at a stage of research where an advanced prototype or field/market test can occur during the award period. Early-stage research, or ready to launch products, will not be considered.

The competition will provide up to $600,000 for 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.)

Winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000, which will be paid in equal installments over three years.

Application Procedures:
Application guidelines are available on the Vodafone website.


Last Updated: 11/1/2015