Cisco welcomes applications for grants from US public universities to prepare students and communities for today's increasingly digital economy. Grants are available to fund projects and programs that catalyze, accelerate, and sustain an innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Our goal is to cultivate digital innovators and entrepreneurs -- global problem solvers -- in order to drive economic growth and inclusive prosperity.
Learn more: Digital Economy Initiative brochure [PDF]
There are five different grant opportunities within the Digital Economy Initiative for which U.S. public universities may apply.
Research Grants to:
Curriculum and Lab Grants to:
Innovation Capacity Grants to:
Digitization Challenge Grants to:
Digital Foundation Grants to:
Cisco awards Digital Economy Initiative grants to U.S. public universities.
Proposals are evaluated based on quality, alignment and relevance to the goals of the Digital Economy Initiative and the university's experience and capacity to execute.
The application process is now open for eligible organizations. An initial information form is used to determine whether or not your organization will be invited to complete a full application.
Digital Economy Initiative grants may be funded through a corporate advised fund that Cisco has established with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). When funded by SVCF, all related grant agreements are between SVCF and the recipients.