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Grant Announcement - Social Software Development

2003-09-06 08:28:02

Request for Proposals (deadline - September 30)

September 30, 2003: Application deadline December 1, 2003: Results announced


The OSI Information Program is pleased to issue a request for project proposals for its ICT Toolsets initiative. This initiative seeks to advance and support open society principles and practices by funding the development of software tools designed to meet the mission objectives of civil society organizations and actors.

Sectors of interest: * human rights * legal services for disadvantaged groups * NGO support * independent news media * anti-corruption * public health (disease and issue-specific)

Application categories: * situation/case monitoring (domestic violence, human rights, etc) * case management * knowledge management * advocacy/campaign management * data mining, analysis, visualization * collaboration * metadata management (ontologies, semantic web) * secure communications or web surveillance/censorship monitoring tools

Excluded sectors and categories: * administrative tools (e.g. accounting, grant management) * eGovernment software * education and training software

Criteria for funded toolsets: * Proposed toolsets must directly contribute to the social missions of civil society organizations and initiatives. Tools developed for commercial applications that can be adapted to promote the mission objectives of civil society organizations will be considered.

* A project team may apply for support at any stage of toolset creation; teams in the process of development are encouraged to apply for funds to complete and promote their toolsets.

* Given the wide variety of content management systems currently available, proposals for these systems will not be considered unless they respond to a significant, unmet need.

* Project proposals should fall between $50,000 and $200,000.

* The project proposal should include a support and sustainability strategy beyond the grant period.

* Both end-user and developer documentation for the software is required by the end of the grant cycle. Please make sure to include the time and cost for this in the proposal where appropriate.

* Each proposal must identify a group of end-users who will test the software before final release. Proposals should clearly detail the expected user population, focusing on the scenarios and circumstances under which the toolset would be best used.

* Each proposal must include a detailed budget and timeline. Please be certain to specify appropriate resources for the software?s completion, full testing, and documentation.

* Open source projects with an active development community and approved Open Source Initiative licensing are preferred.

* Software must be based on Unicode encoding to support localization in non-Latin character sets.

* Application development team with prior software development and implementation experience preferred.

* Projects that encourage standards compliance and interoperability are preferred. Please be sure to note this in section four of the proposal if applicable.

* Projects that have additional funding are preferred.

* Toolsets may be desktop, client-server, or peer-to-peer applications.

Proposal format: The proposal should be no more than ten pages [2500 words] and include the following information: 1. Sector of interest and application category 2. Abstract/overview (1-2 paragraphs only) 3. Detailed description of project 4. Description of technology involved 5. Description of user group, including expected location(s) and use scenarios 6. Description of civil society application for project 7. Description of team, including countries of origin and previous software development experience 8. Budget/timeline 9. Co-funders (if any)

Evaluation: Proposal reviewers will have experience in both software development and deployment and the civil society environment.

Grant applicants will be notified of decisions no later than December 1st, 2003.

Please send all project proposals to by September 30th, 2003.


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