About Vodafone Americas Foundation™
The Vodafone Americas Foundation™ is part of Vodafone’s global network of 27 foundations. We are affiliated with Vodafone, one of the world’s leading mobile telecommunications companies that operates in 26 countries over five continents and has significant presence in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the United States.
About the 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. To that end, Vodafone Americas Foundation’s Wireless Innovation Project™ is providing up to $600,000 in awards to support projects of exceptional promise that meet the criteria described in the Eligibility Criteria section. After successful completion of the Project for four years in a row, we are excited to launch the fifth Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project™. We will be accepting proposals from October 1, 2012 to January 13, 2013.
About the mHealth Alliance Award
The Vodafone Americas Foundation is pleased to announce the mHealth Alliance Award, in partnership with the mHealth Alliance, as part of the 2013 Wireless Innovation Project. The award will be granted to the developer of an innovative wireless technology with the most potential to address critical health challenges, especially in developing regions. The mHealth Alliance Award winner is eligible for one of the three Wireless Innovation Project prizes as well.
The winner of the mHealth Alliance Award will receive a cash prize and benefits totaling $50,000, including participation in Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society’s Global Social Benefit Incubator Program (GSBI™), a highly competitive program that connects innovators with a Silicon Valley support network and provides instruction on how to achieve maximum sustainability and impact in social enterprises. In addition, the winner will receive strategic and networking assistance from the mHealth Alliance. More about the mHealth Alliance Award
Types of Projects We Are Seeking
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.
How to Submit a Proposal
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 October 1, 2012 to 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on January 13, 2013 (the “Entry Period”). See the Project Timeline for further dates and details.
Finalist and Winner Selection Process
Vodafone Americas Foundation™ will select up to ten 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 February 15, 2013. The winners will be publicly announced and recognized at a public forum in Spring 2013.
- 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.