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For those of you who may not be aware, ICANN is currently seeking individuals to serve on the Support Applicant Review Panel (SARP), an important component of the New gTLD Applicant Support Program that seeks to serve the global public interest by ensuring worldwide accessibility to, and competition within, the New gTLD Program. Panelists will be responsible for evaluating and scoring applications for financial assistance. The deadline to submit an expression of interest to serve on the SARP is fast approaching on March 31st.
Panelists will evaluate and score applications for financial assistance against the established public interest, financial capabilities and financial need criteria outlined in the Financial Assistance Handbook. The time commitment (estimated to be 3-5 hours per week through the length of the program running May-Nov) and other expectations are detailed in the posted EOI.
ICANN is trying to assemble a group of high-level and experienced panelists with expertise in areas such as running a small business, operating in developing economies, analyzing business plans, serving in the public interest, managing a domain name registry service, or awarding grants.
If you think you might be qualified to serve on SARP or have any questions, please let me know (email is firstname.lastname@example.org). I’d also urge you to share this opportunity with anyone else you think might be qualified to serve,