Funding Preferences

The auDA Foundation Board is keen to support projects that will achieve practical outcomes through innovative means, i.e. research and development undertaken for the purposes of acquiring new knowledge and/or creating new or improved processes or services.

The Board considers it important for applicants to make an in-kind or financial contribution to their own proposal. We expect that your contribution will be relative to the financial strength of your organisation.

All proposals must, as per the Foundation Charter, deliver education or research activities that will enhance the utility of the Internet. Within the Charter's broad outline, however, many different types of projects might receive funding.

Scholarships for PhD students for project costs. Please note this does not include tuition fees or living expenses.

Research into Internet-related technologies, such as:

  • Improvements to the domain name system,
  • New protocols,
  • Addressing security issues,
  • Addressing privacy issues, or
  • Reducing or eliminating spam.

Research into the social impact of the Internet, such as:

  • How to better integrate Internet technology into society,
  • Investigations into Internet voting,
  • Using the Internet for enhancing public participation,
  • Addressing issues of social equity and access, or
  • Enhanced consumer protection safeguards.

Projects focusing on local, regional and national community groups and organisations.

Research activities that directly benefit the Australian community.

Exploring Internet technologies for improving access to the Internet for regional, rural and remote communities.

Improving access for disadvantaged groups.

Techniques for applying Internet technology to address social and environmental needs.