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Qualcomm Wireless Reach™ is currently accepting new project ideas for 2014. We encourage you to submit an idea focused on the use of wireless technology (learn more about our wireless technologies and the Snapdragon SDK for Android) to strengthen economic and social development in: education; health care; public safety; entrepreneurship / livelihoods / mWomen; eGovernance or empowering citizens (providing citizens better access to Government services); or the environment.

Note: Wireless Reach projects must showcase 3G CDMA (CDMA2000, EV-DO, EV-DO Rev. A, WCDMA/UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA or HSPA+) or LTE technology as a connectivity component and/or use mobile devices that include Snapdragon processors in underserved communities and/or markets.

Please review the content in each tab (i.e. criteria, instructions and FAQ) before completing the steps in the proposal form. Also, please limit each of your responses to no more than 200 words each.

There are three rounds in the Wireless Reach proposal process. The submission of this form is the first step (Round I). If your idea is accepted, we will request a comprehensive proposal (Round II). Please complete all fields in the form tab by May 22, 2013 to be considered. A member of the Wireless Reach team will contact you after June 15, 2013.

Please note that your submission does not obligate Qualcomm to accept or fund your proposed project. Qualcomm does not guarantee any proposal will be selected or funded as a Wireless Reach project.

If chosen, in order to receive funds from Wireless Reach, grantees must execute Qualcomm’s Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), enter into a formal grant agreement with necessary reporting requirements, as well as a background check on your organization. The draft of the NDA and grant agreement will be provided by Qualcomm and shared with organizations who qualify for Round II of the proposal process.

To be considered, Wireless Reach projects must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must have a clear logical framework and demonstrate both quantitatively and qualitatively how Qualcomm technology can improve people’s lives (click here for more information on Qualcomm technologies)
  2. Must involve partners including, but not limited to:
    • a local 3G/4G operator
    • an organization to manage and implement the project on the ground (typically this is a nonprofit but could be for profit) and this organization must also demonstrate a commitment to the project by providing additional funds, funders and/or in-kind contributions
    • a research or university partner to collect data and demonstrate the impact of project if the grantee does not have this capability in house (for example, pre- and post-pilot surveys, focus groups, final report)
  3. Must meet a community need
  4. Must be in line with the local government’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT), education, health care, environmental and/or other relevant policy goals
  5. Must be able to collect monitoring data on project performance, and identify clear, measurable outcomes the project seeks to achieve
  6. Must have a plan for scalability and sustainability
  7. Qualcomm requires that positive results/successes from the pilot projects are shared widely and freely in case studies, videos and additional marketing materials. The grant seeking organization must be willing to work with Qualcomm on a marketing and PR plan in order to share project details with news organizations/academic researchers/community leaders and participate in events relating to disseminating the results of the project.

Wireless Reach accepts domestic (US based) and international proposals. This year, however, we have a special interest in the following countries (in alphabetical order). Please note that a strong local presence including fixed staff in country is preferred.

  • China (education, health care)
  • Democratic Republic of Congo (environment)
  • India
  • Italy (health care)
  • Japan (women/entrepreneurship)
  • Mexico (education)
  • Myanmar (education, entrepreneurship, health care)
  • Oman (education, women/entrepreneurship)
  • Russia (education)
  • Senegal
  • Taiwan (entrepreneurship)
  • Thailand (education)
  • Vietnam

Specific criteria for education projects (accepting ideas for projects worldwide):

  • Must demonstrate the unique use of wireless in education and implement mobile features available on the Snapdragon platform
  • Must address one of the barriers of implementing mobile 1:1 programs as described in our 2012 Wireless EdTech report and listed below:
    • Professional development for teachers using mobile devices and their ability to change the way they manage their classroom when every student has a personal, connected device for learning
    • Infrastructure and IT support needed for a one-device-per-student environment
    • Privacy and security requirements for mobile learning in K-12
    • Digital content and assessment that takes advantage of mobile
  • Must have large (multi-district) scale potential, provide measurable impact results after one year of funding and include a sustainability plan

Specific criteria for health care projects:

  • Must demonstrate 3G mobile broadband
  • Must maximize the ability of health care professionals to provide better care for their patients using Qualcomm technology
  • Must improve health outcomes, improve efficiencies, and/or reduce costs of health care service delivery
  • Must encourage scale up of mHealth tools through innovative, sustainable business models and/or build the evidence base for mHealth interventions
  • Projects in the following areas will be given special consideration:
    • Training for health care workers
    • Mobile applications that assist in disease screening
    • Remote monitoring capabilities for the management of communicable and/or non-communicable chronic diseases including, but not limited to, diabetes, congestive heart failure, hypertension, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
    • Aging in place
    • Maternal and child health
      • Specifically for India, the project should focus on improving delivery of services of the Front Line Health Workers and be in line with the priorities of the Government

Specific criteria for entrepreneurship projects:

Projects being proposed should aim to do at least one of the following:

  • Must bring the economic benefits of wireless connectivity to entrepreneurs around the world
  • Must encourage solutions that stimulate job creation and income generation

Projects in the following areas will be given special consideration:

  • Inclusive mobile financial services
  • Mobile tools, access and services that enable women’s empowerment and help to close the mobile phone gender gap
    • mWomen submissions should clearly state how the project will help bring mobile phone penetration among women on par with penetration among men, thereby creating additional revenue for operators and OEMs and/or enhance women’s skills and knowledge in the areas of business and technology through mentoring programs

Specific criteria for projects that improve access to Government Services in India

  • Projects involving migration of existing e-Governance applications to mobile based applications will be considered
  • Should be preferably (G2C) Government to Citizen projects though (G2G) Government to Government projects that improve efficiencies of Government processes may also be considered
  • Should have a strong buy-in from the Government entity in which the service would be implemented. The applicant should have already had discussions with the Government entity for which the service is being delivered
  • The e-Governance application may be shared across other Qualcomm Wireless Reach project

* Please note that the specific criteria for education, health care, entrepreneurship, and Government projects are in addition to the above general criteria for all Wireless Reach projects.

When submitting your proposal, please follow these instructions:

  1. Review the overview, criteria, instructions and FAQ tabs before filling out the form.
  2. Note that a Word version of the form is available for download on the right hand side of this webpage. You must enter your content into the online form, but the Word version can help ensure that you are saving a current draft and reduce the risk of losing your work if your Internet connection is temporarily disrupted. You will NOT be able to save a draft of the form online.
  3. If you have questions that are not answered in the FAQs, please send an email to ering@qualcomm.com and kyle@qualcomm.com.
  4. While working on the submission form, keep in mind that this is Round I in which only high level ideas are being gathered. Therefore, responses must be limited to 200 words each.
  5. Be sure to complete the information in each field.
  6. An automatic email reply will be sent to you after you submit the form containing a copy of your responses. If you do not receive an automatic response your submission has not been received, so you will need to resubmit the form. The submission of this form is the first step in the proposal process (Round I of III). The submitted ideas will then go through a screening process to ensure each of the Wireless Reach project criteria are met. If your idea is accepted, we will request a comprehensive proposal (Round II).
  7. Please complete the form below by May 22, 2013 to be considered. A member of the Wireless Reach team will contact you the after June 15, 2013.

Why are responses limited to 200 words each?

Should a call be set up to discuss a proposal before the Round I submission is due?

The section on ‘Partners' has space for 5 listings but we have more. What do you suggest?

Under the ‘Funding Supports’ section, are you requesting a budget listing, i.e. X amount for devices, training, research, etc.?

Do you have a limit for overhead?

Does the form have a ‘Save Draft’ function in case my Internet connection is temporarily disabled?

If my organization makes it to Round III, when will we receive final notification about whether or not we will receive a grant?

What are the typical Wireless Reach grant amounts?