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Connect2Recover Research Competition 2021

Connect2Recover Research Competition 2021

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Apply for Connect2Recover Research Competition 2021. Through the Connect2Recover initiative, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is launching the “Connect2Recover Research Competition” to identify promising research proposals that will accelerate digital inclusion during the COVID-19 recovery globally. ITU is pleased to recognize the support of ITU-D Sector Member Huawei for their support of this competition.


Connect2Recover Research Competition 2021 aims to

  • Improve research focus on digital resiliency and digital inclusion to build back better with broadband for pandemic recovery.
  • Build a global research community of think tanks and academic institutions around digital inclusion.
  • Promote knowledge sharing that informs targeted practices to build back better with broadband.


  • Fifteen (15) research grants worth USD 42,000 each will be awarded to winning research teams.
  • Winners will receive initial support from ITU to engage with governments and regulators to gather information and data for their research.
  • The Connect2Recover Initiative will enable this knowledge exchange through joint (online) events with the selected research teams and policymakers.
  • Winning teams will benefit from great visibility during these events and will have opportunities to present and discuss their research directly with decision-makers.


This competition is open to Academia, including early career researchers and think tanks. Individual experts who have affiliations with academic institutions may also apply. Submissions must clearly elaborate and demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • How to carry out studies that can assess the resiliency for digital infrastructure taking into account relevant data sources and formulate forward-looking, actionable policy measures leading to positive outcomes in education, healthcare, or job creation by fostering digital inclusion as the country enters the COVID-19 recovery period?
  • How to build back better with broadband along with digital inclusion during the COVID-19 recovery efforts resulting in meaningful connectivity?
  • Develop key recommendations on aspects of resilient digital infrastructure supporting education, health, or job creation in the targeted context.

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline31 August,2021
Open toAll
OrganizerInternational Telecommunication Union



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