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The program defines and utilizes SMART metrics to help Cisco and the grantee measure progress towards success. The highest priority and funding consideration is given to proposals that clearly articulate the planned impact of their efforts, as well as the metrics by which that impact will be measured.
The program or project for which you seek funding should democratize access to resources, programs, opportunities and/or identify replicable/scalable interventions and practices that accelerate inclusive participation in the digital economy.
The program (or research) focuses on promoting awareness, developing skills, and/or accelerating digitization solutions and innovations that drive economic growth.
Although Cisco welcomes investing in early-stage programs and solutions, the long-term plan for the program should enable it to flourish significantly beyond the resources provided by Cisco. For research grants, the findings will be broadly relevant and publicly accessible.
The organization has an outstanding leader and/or management team with qualities such as vision, execution ability, passion, ethical approach, expertise, external relationships, and credible track record in the relevant area. The organization has committed resource capacity to execute the scope of the proposal.