Innovative new solutions to the problems faced daily by the poor around the world are cropping up on a daily basis. Unfortunately, few of these opportunities ever have the chance to see the light of day, often due to lack of seed funding. Since 2008, the [Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF)](http://isif.asia/home) is looking to step in to fill this funding void, specifically for information communication technology related innovations in Asia and the Pacific.
ISIF is a grants and awards program aimed at stimulating creative solutions to information communication technology (ICT) development needs in the Asia Pacific region. It places particular emphasis on the role of the internet in social and economic development through improvement and expansion of internet infrastructure and services in the Asia Pacific region.
There are 4 funding categories within ISIF’s scope for 2012: Innovation on Access Provision; Innovation on Learning and Localization; Code for the Common Good and Rights.
For CHMI stakeholders, the most relevant category seems to be _Code for the Common Good_. This category focuses on the development of mobile-based services, applications and software solutions to support the dissemination of relevant information and crucial services to under-served populations; technologies that enable communication with remote health services and specialized patient referrals, among many other applications, fall into this category. Learn more about the specific categories [here](http://isif.asia/about_guidelines).
ISIF is currently accepting applications for grants and awards. ISIF will only support initiatives managed by organizations based in the Asia Pacific region. [Grants](http://isif.asia/grant) will be provided to project proposals to be implemented in a 6 to 12 month period that are aligned with the funding categories and eligibility criteria. The maximum budget to be funded through a grant is AUD 30,000 (about USD $ 30,450 at the current exchange rate). [Awards](http://isif.asia/award) will be provided to projects that are on the last stages of implementation or have already finalized activities that are aligned with the funding categories and eligibility criteria. Awards will be up to AUD 3,000 (about USD $3,045 at the current exchange rate). All proposals and nominations must be submitted in their entirety using the relevant online application form.
The deadline for submissions is **August 1st 2012 at 12:00 UTC (GMT)**.