Core Infrastructure Initiative

Core Infrastructure InitiativeThe Core Infrastructure Initiative is a multi-million dollar project housed at The Linux Foundation to fund open source projects that are in the critical path for core computing functions. Inspired by the Heartbleed OpenSSL crisis, the Initiative’s funds are administered by the Linux Foundation and directed by a steering group comprised of industry backers.

The steering group works with an advisory board of esteemed open source developers and related experts to identify and fund open source projects in need. Support from the initiative can include funding for fellowships for key developers to work full time on the open source project, security audits, computing and test infrastructure, travel, face-to-face meeting coordination and other support. Current backers include:

Amazon Web ServicesAdobeBloombergCisco Dell FacebookFujitsuGoogleHPHitachiHuaweiIBMIntelMicrosoftNECNetAppQualcommRackspacesalesforce.comvmware

Members of CII evaluate open source projects that are essential to global computing infrastructure and are experiencing under-investment. These companies recognize the need for directed funds for critical open source software projects they all make use of and that run much of modern day society. They also value and invest in developers and collaborative software development and want to support this important work.

The CII is currently accepting grant proposals for open source projects seeking industry support. There is no specific grant proposal format, but grant requests should describe a history of the project, how it represents core Internet infrastructure, and why the current maintainer's employers have not been willing to fund the maintainer to work on the project for a portion of their time.

There is no deadline as grants are made on a rolling basis. All decisions are made by CII's steering group, consisting of one representative from each corporate backer.

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