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Grant Opportunities for MobileActives

We have come across several grant opportunities for MobileActives in health care and education.

Global: Microsoft Research issued a worldwide RFP to incubate creative and novel healthcare solutions that are accessible, affordable, and relevant for ‘smart’ mobile phones. Microsoft Research will support selected academic research with the goal of advancing the state-of-the-art in ‘smart’ cell phones for healthcare applications. Successful projects must seek to increase the capacity of cell phone-based healthcare solutions in under-served rural and urban communities. They must also take into consideration the social context of application deployment.

The total amount available under this request for proposals (RFP) is $1,000,000. Microsoft Research anticipates making approximately 10-12 awards averaging $80,000, with a maximum of $100,000 for any single award.

Topics to consider include:

  • What medical applications are relevant, worldwide, for ‘smart’ mobile phones (application and Web-enabled) in rural, and urban, communities?
  • What are the appropriate services and infrastructures needed to provide affordable and accessible healthcare services?

More information here; deadline for submission of proposals is October 29, 2007.

United States:

The AT&T Foundation launched a $1.5 million competitive grant program to help 501(c)(3) public charities and government instrumentalities integrate wireless communications technology into educational outreach projects. The program is designed to help nonprofits deliver educational content and create innovative learning opportunities in the communities they serve.

The AT&T Foundation will award one-time, education-focused, wireless technology grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 to offset the cost of wireless service or to support the purchase of wireless hardware, including mobile phones, routers, or handsets. More information here, deadline for submission of proposals is October 19, 2007.

Examples of eligible projects under the grant program include:

  • Enrichment of museum visits by development of audio and video content accessible from visitors' mobile phones
  • Development of educational curriculum designed for access from wireless devices, such as mobile handsets and PDAs
  • Delivery of supplemental educational content via mobile phone calls, text messages, and/or Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)