Internet Infrastructure Grant Program
Without vision, hard work and creativity, the Internet would not have evolved into the resource we know and use today. In honor of the 25th anniversary of .com, VeriSign has created a grant program to foster new research, advance security and stability, and improve the Internet infrastructure for the next 25 years to come.
VeriSign is awarding four $75,000 grants in Spring 2011 with the goal of strengthening the Internet infrastructure in the following areas:
- Overall Internet Infrastructure
- Domain Name System (DNS) Security
- Internationalization of the Internet
- Infrastructure Applications
In order to qualify, applicants must be members of an academic institution, researchers, a non-profit organization or a technology high school with an international sister school.
Grant submissions will be judged by:
Rod Beckstrom, President and CEO of ICANN
Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google
Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
Paul Mockapetris, computer scientist and inventor of the Domain Name System
Danny McPherson, Vice President of Network Security Research at VeriSign
Grant submissions were due by November 15, 2010.
Grant recipients were announced in March. They are as follows:
- Internationalization of the Internet – winner: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
- Domain name system (DNS) security – winner: University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
- Infrastructure applications – winner: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Internet infrastructure – winner: University of Michigan
Research will be presented at a symposium in Washington, DC in October 2011.