[okfn-coord] [Fwd: [cc-community] Ford Foundation's International Intellectual Property Initiative Priorities for Funding]

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Mon Nov 12 18:05:59 UTC 2007

Just for the record...

I'll get on it ASAP.

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*From:* IIPI <mailto:iipi at fordfound.org>
*To:* IIPI <mailto:iipi at fordfound.org>
*Sent:* Friday, November 09, 2007 10:24 PM
*Subject:* Ford Foundation's International Intellectual Property
Initiative Priorities for Funding

Dear all,

Please find attached the Ford Foundation's International Intellectual
Property Initiative Priorities for Funding for FY 08.

Further information is available in the attached document.

In case you need further clarification, please do not hesitate to
contact us – iipi at fordfound.org <mailto:iipi at fordfound.org>.

With best regards,

Ana Toni & Suzanne Siskel

IIPI Coordinators

      International Intellectual Property Initiative Priorities for Funding
                                   (November 2007 – June 2008)
Ford Foundation’s International Intellectual Property Initiative (IIPI)
considers that IP regimes
(IPR) should contribute to freedom and democracy for all countries and
societies, by
recognizing innovation and the right to access to knowledge and creative
activities. IIPI aims
to contribute to the development of more balanced IP regimes, which
highlight the importance
of the public interest, strengthen the public domain, respect the right
to development and
support the voices of frequently neglected stakeholders.
Therefore, preference in this initiative will be given to proposals
that: enhance (support) the
potential for dialogue among different sectors and players; build
institutional capacity,
particularly in the global South; explore the public interest in related
issues; strengthen the
voice of excluded groups and communities; and encourage pluralistic and
governance and decision-making processes.
The initiative will focus on the following thematic grant making priorities:
      1. Knowledge Ecology – Production and Sharing, with the following
              • To foster public awareness and critical analysis
regarding knowledge regimes
                  and the impact of IP regimes;
              • To enable stakeholders such as authors, artists, academic
                  indigenous people, students and consumers to deepen
their understanding and
                  explore common interests in IP´s related issues and to
advocate effectively for
                  their interests in national, regional and international
policy arenas;
              • To encourage (re)thinking IP policy alternatives and new
business models
                  which can foster and sustain a diverse and vibrant
knowledge ecology.
      2. Access to Medicine, with the following objectives:
              • To improve analytical capacity to understand and/or
gather evidence about
                  the relationship between IPR and: innovation; medical
research and
                  development; and medicines pricing and distribution;
              • To enable commonly forgotten stakeholders (such as
consumers, people with
                  illness, medical workers and students, women’s groups,
human rights groups,
                  etc) to deepen their understanding about the
intersection of IP and Access to
                  Medicine, promoting a more active participation of
these stakeholders in
                  national, regional and international IP policy arenas;
              • To enable developing countries to explore flexibilities
within the TRIPs
                  Agreement and to support South-South and/or regional
collaborations which
                  enhance innovative ways to promote R&D and access to
medicines in the global
One can apply by sending a Letter of Inquiry, a Proposal (up to 15
pages) and a budget as
described below:
(1) Letter of Inquiry, listing:
       • Proponent’s name (and acronym if commonly used);
       • Proponent’s address (and courier address if different);
       • Web address, if any;
       • Proponent’s main expertise (e.g. research, advocacy, capacity
building, etc.);
       • Project’s name;
       • IIPI’s sub-theme(s) to which the project relates;
       • Project’s period;
       • Requested amount.
(2) Proposal, including at least:
       • Brief statement (two or three sentences) of the purpose and
nature of the proposed
       • Links between the project and IP related issues;
       • Links between the project and IIPI initiative goals and principles;
       • Links between the theme and the proponent’s proposal activities,
underlining reasons
           why the proponent is qualified to undertake the project;
       • Brief summary of proposed activities, deliverables and
       • Alliances and/or participatory networks in which the proponent
is involved;
       • Geographic area or country where the work will take place;
       • Project’s beneficiaries (information about those who will be
helped and are interested
           in the work, and how the proponent will communicate with them);
       • Dissemination/communications strategy for project deliverables
and outcomes;
       • Project’s chronology;
       • Other funders supporting the submitted proposal;
       • Amount of funding requested from FF and total cost (estimates
are acceptable);
       • Whether the proponent institution currently has or is applying
for other funding from
           the Ford Foundation whether for this or other activities. If
so, please provide a very
           brief description of current or requested grants and the name
of the Foundation’s
           responsible Program Officer.
(3) Budget request in excel spreadsheet format.
There is no maximum or minimum amount for the application.
Proposals should be sent by email to iipi at fordfound.org no later than
June 6th 2008.
Assessment will start immediately.
* Please note that, in general, projects implemented in countries where
FF is presently not
working will not be supported, unless they are submitted as part of a
global or regional

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