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[Fsfe-france] Ford Foundation International: Intellectual Property Initi

From: Laurent GUERBY
Subject: [Fsfe-france] Ford Foundation International: Intellectual Property Initiative Funding Priorities
Date: Mon, 09 Jan 2006 13:03:06 +0100



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From: Vera Franz <address@hidden>
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Subject: [ipr] Ford Foundation International: Intellectual Property
Initiative Funding Priorities
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2006 11:11:45 +0000

From: "Lentz, Becky" <address@hidden>
Date: January 5, 2006 3:49:02 PM EST
Subject: (please post/forward): Ford Foundation International
Intellectual Property Initiative Funding Priorities

Ford Foundation
International Intellectual Property Initiative
Funding Priorities
The aim of the Ford Foundation’s International Intellectual Property
Initiative (IIPI) is to contribute to the development of more
balanced global Intellectual Property (IP) regime. By this, we mean
a regime that takes into account the interests of individuals and
society as well as the private sector and the public interest, and
that reaffirms the importance of the commons and the public domain.
In addition, IIPI considers that an IP regime should, from a right’s
perspective, recognize innovation, access to knowledge and creative
activities as important sources of development for all countries and
societies in the world.

Preference in this initiative will be given to proposals that
support the potential for dialogue among different sectors and
players; build institutional capacity, particularly in the global
South; strengthen the voice of excluded groups and communities; and
encourage pluralistic and participatory governance and decision-
making processes.

In its first phase, the initiative will focus on the following
thematic grant making priorities:

1. Traditional Knowledge (TK) with the objectives of enabling
indigenous, tribal and traditional communities to deepen their
understanding about the intersection of IP and TK, including IP’s
potential impact on social processes, and increasing the number of
traditional communities able to advocate effectively for their
interests in national, regional and international policy arenas.

2. Access to Medicine with the objectives of improving analytical
capacity to understand the economic relationship of IPRs to
innovation, medical research and development, and medicines pricing
and distribution; and enabling developing countries to explore
flexibilities within the TRIPs Agreement as well as supporting other
South-South and/or regional collaborations that enhance innovative
ways to promote R&D and access to medicines in the global south.

3. Access to Knowledge and Educational materials with the
objectives of fostering critical analysis regarding the impact of
copyright law; deepening understanding among authors, academic
institutions, students and the general public regarding their
interests in access to knowledge and academic publications; and
promoting Open Educational Resources models.


One can apply by sending a letter of inquiry, short concept note (2
pages) or proposal (up to 15 pages) and budget as described below:

1) Letter of Inquiry listing

Name of your organization (and acronym if commonly used);
Organization’s address (and courier address if different);
Main expertise the organization (e.g. research, advocacy, capacity
building, etc.);
Name of the project;
Web address, if any;
Amount requested.

(2) Concept note or proposal, including

A brief statement (two or three sentences) of the purpose and nature
of the proposed work;
The significance of the issue addressed by the project and how it
relates to one or another of the above-stated initiative grant-
making priorities;
How the project is related to IIPI initiative goals and principles;
How the issue relates to your organization, and why your organization
is qualified to undertake the project;
The policy-making forums or goals to which the work is related;
The type of alliances and/or participatory networks in which your
institution is involved;
How is the project related to FF IP initiative goals;
Geographic area or country where the work will take place;
Beneficiaries of your proposed project (information about those who
will be helped and are interested in the work, and how you will
communicate with them);
Brief summary of proposed activities, deliverables, and outcomes/
impacts over what period of time;
Dissemination/communications strategy for project deliverables and
Amount of funding requested from FF and total cost (estimates are

(3) Budget request in excel spreadsheet format

The proposal should be sent by email to the initiative coordinators
Ana Toni (address@hidden) and Suzanne Siskel
(address@hidden) and with a cc to Carolina Rossini

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