Rural Innovation Fund

RIF is a fund created for Mission 2007 by Microsoft and

RIF is a fund created for Mission 2007 by Microsoft and

Helping communities with limited access to Technology to realize their potential

Promoting local IT based social entrepreneurial ventures.

Fostering ICT based entrepreneurship in rural areas among the youth.

Encouraging organizational, individual and local software entrepreneurial endeavors towards developing cost effective, practical and innovative applications and solutions that benefit communities.

Collaborating & supporting organizations specialising in service development with services to offer, that lack distribution channels to reach rural or poor communities. is a collaborative initiative of Microsoft, Canada?s International Development Research Centre, ad the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

We invite application, from those working towards developing innovative applications/ solutions/ content/ services in any of the following areas:

Enhancing Livelihood & Agriculture Practice

Rural Health & Telemedicine

Education & Literacy


Local Content Application & Village Level Administration Tools.

Disaster preparedness & Management

And individuals / organizations who belong to one of the following categories:

Grassroots & Rural Technology Social Enterprises

Non-Governmental Organisations

Mission 2007 Partners

Academic Institutions

Independent Software Vendors (ISV)


The fund only supports project costs, and NOT recruitment, core organizational costs and recurrent needs.


Applicants must submit project proposals valued at not more than INR 6 lakhs that highlights the various measurable milestones and fund requests mapped to the same. Also funding period & communities must not exceed 6 months in total.

Process to Apply:

A five page (A4) ?Proposal? very clearly stating the credentials, background, concept note, objective, output, benefit to rural communities & kiosk network, Technology architecture and measurable time bound result oriented success metrics, accompanied with budgets must be submitted through email at: only. For further enquiries please contact:

Rural Innovation Fund, C/o MS Swaminathan Research Foundation IIIrd Cross Road Institutional Area, Taramani Chennai ? 600 113, India Telephone: 91 (44) 22541229, 2254 1698 Fax: 91 (44) 22541319

For Fund Details, IP Related Info & Others Terms & Conditions please visit:

Last Date for submitting the application is 22nd July, 2007


Applicants are free to choose between the Microsoft developer platform, Mobile developer platform and any other developer platforms. Technology must be used within the interoperability guidelines.

Big Ideas Deserve Big Rewards:

With Microsoft Empower Program, you will gain access to essential development tools at a fraction of their typical cost. For an annual subscription, you will receive of full range of development resources, msdn subscriptions, software licenses and technical support.

To jump start your software development business right away, visit:

To sign up as Microsoft Partner mail at or Call toll free at 1 800 102 1100 (Airtel) or 1 800 111 100 (MTNL/BSNL)

RIF is a fund created for Mission 2007 by Microsoft and