Committed to Sponsoring Research
The Verisign infrastructure grant program, launched in 2010, reflects Verisign's commitment to sponsoring research that supports the Internet's robust growth and development. Verisign expanded this program in 2012 to foster new research which advances security and stability, encourages Internet deployment and improves the Internet infrastructure overall.
Each grant is designed to assist those with the potential to shape the next quarter century through improvements to Internet security, infrastructure, applications and internationalization.
2012-2013 Key Dates
January 17, 2012: Research Grant Submission Process Open
April 5, 2012: Research Grant Submissions Due
July 2, 2012: Announce Research Awards
May 22, 2013: Research Due
Fall 2013: Research Presented at DC-Area Symposium
Verisign is pleased to award two $200,000 research grants to support research that has the potential to improve the availability and security of Internet access in all parts of the world.
These proposals for research topics focus on an Internet that is available and secure in all countries, supporting a range of infrastructures, given the reality that people and organizations are relying to a growing extent on mobile devices of all kinds for their connectivity.
- Downscaling Entity Registries for Poorly-Connected Environments,, submitted by Prof. Dr. Philippe Cudré-Mauroux of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and Christophe Guéret from VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Converged, secure mobile communication support through infrastructure-opportunistic, DHT-based network services,, submitted by Dr. Z. Morley Mao of the University of Michigan, United States and Cui Yong of Tsinghua University, China
The grants are intended to support research performed during the 2012-13 academic year. Awardees presented their results at a symposium in the Washington, DC area in fall 2013.
2012 Grant Judges
- Rick Boucher, former chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications and the Internet and co-founder of the Congressional Internet Caucus
- Dr. Stephen Crocker, CEO of Shinkuro and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
- Dr. James Lewis, Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and Public Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
- Ndéye Maimouna Diop Diagne, ICT Director at Senegal's Ministry of Post, Telecommunications and ICT and the current chair of the Board of Directors of AfriNIC
- Danny McPherson, Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Verisign
- Alice Munyua, Vice Chair of the Governmental Advisory Committee and Project Coordinator for Catalyzing Access to Information and Communications Technologies in Africa (CATIA)
2012 Grant Criteria
- Relevance: The applicant(s) proposed research that supports the stated goal of the program, with a specific focus on global accessibility and/or infrastructural improvements that will benefit the developing world.
- Innovation: The applicant(s) proposed research is innovative, novel and important. Applications are being judged based on the innovative nature of their proposed research foci and goals.
- Feasibility: The applicant(s) demonstrated that their proposed research plan is feasible and can be fully realized within the timeframe (summer 2012 – fall 2013) allowed by the program.
- Overall Quality: Judges are being asked to provide their overall impressions of the grant proposals, encompassing all of the aforementioned criteria, as well as any other criteria deemed relevant based on their knowledge and experience in the field.