VeriSign Awarding $75K Grant

November 9, 2010

5:01 am

It’s nice to see big companies giving back in interesting ways. In honor of the 25th anniversary of “.com”, VeriSign has created this grant program with a $75K award. An impressive list of judges, including Vint Cerf and Michael Chertoff, will evaluate the submissions. The program was designed to “foster new research, advance security and stability and improve Internet infrastructure for the next 25 years.”

Unfortunately, only academics and non-profits are being targeted – limiting the ability of for-profit tech startups to benefit in any way.

From 25yearsof.com:

VeriSign will be awarding four $75,000 grants in fall 2010 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 submission deadline extended to Nov. 15, 2010

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups.

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