Where is the organization physically and legally based?
If the organization is distributed, where is the main point of contact?
Does the organization have any conflicts of interest with RFA, OTF, the Advisory Council, or other RFA-OTF projects?
Is the project team an organization, community or an individual?
Is the organization or its members known within any relevant communities? If yes, what is their reputation and why?
What is the organization’s motivation and principles?
What are the organization’s member(s) motivation and principles?
What are the goals and objectives of the project?
Is it a technology research, development, or deployment project?
Can the project’s effort be explained to external audiences and non-technical people?
What tools, if any, currently exist to solve this problem? How is this project different?
What problem are they trying to solve and is the solution strategical or tactical?
Is the project strategically or tactically important to OTF’s goals, principles and rationale and other OTF efforts? How?
Does the effort have any overlap with existing OTF and/or USG supported projects?
Is the overlap complementary or duplicative?
What is complementary and can it be explained clearly? I.e. geographic focus, technology, organization profile, etc.
What are the liabilities and risks of taking on this project? I.e. political personalities, financial concerns, technical controversial, etc.
How does the project define its “users”?
Is the project’s effort actually relevant to its defined users?
Does the project’s defined user base align with the priorities of OTF?
Could other priority OTF user groups benefit from this project?
Are there existing users? If not, why?
How do existing users find the user experience? Is it versatile and usable or useful but unusable?
What steps has the projects taken to appeal to its defined users?
Does the project have a plan to attract more users and make the project accessible? e.g. do usability testing, hold training sessions.
What is their users' threat model? Who are they being protected from and what are the consequences of failure?
How is the project localized?
How is the project representative of those it intended to help and is it appropriate? What experience does the project have with those it intends to help?
Does the project measure success quantitatively or qualitatively?
If not, then how would the project demonstrate success of the project to OTF? I.e. Does the project have potential quantitative or qualitative metrics?
Is there a roadmap for the project? Is it public/open? If not, why?
Does OTF have the capacity to comprehend and manage the project?
Does the project clearly articulate the technical problem, solution, and approach?
How is the problem clearly justifiable?
Does the project clearly articulate the technological objectives?
Is it an open or closed development project? I.e. Open source like Android or open source like Firefox OS or closed like iOS.
Does a similar technical solution already exist? If so, what are the differentiating factors?
Does the effort propose to sustain an existing technical approach? If so, is the relevant existing approach considered successful?
Is the effort a new technical approach or improvement to an existing solution? If so, how?
Is the effort a completely new technical approach fostering new solutions in the field?
Does the project’s technical approach solve the problem?
What are the limitations of the project’s technical approach and solution?
What are the unintended or illicit uses and consequences of this technology?
Has the project identified and/or developed any safeguards for these consequences?
How many technologists are actively supporting the project?
How many of the original technologists are still with the project?
Is the current team sufficient to meet the project objectives?
If more people are needed, how do you plan on obtaining the additional technical expertise?
What other responsibilities and commitments do project technologists have?
Is there any existing project code or technical assets?
Is the existing code or technical assets proof of concept, academic, or production quality?
How does this technical approach and solution contribute to the larger technical community? And how is it measured?
How does the project make the technical development process visible?
How is the technical development progress measured by the project?
Is the project receiving any financial support from the USG? How is this information disclosed?
Is the project receiving any other financial support? How is this information disclosed?
Can we discuss the project with existing financial supporters?
What in-kind support or other revenue streams is the project receiving? I.e. volunteer developers, service or product sales, etc.
How does the project plan to support themselves in the future?
What is the plan to sustain the project in the future? Is it reasonable and realistic?
If OTF doesn’t support the project, will it still be realized?
Does the project provide a detailed and realistic description of effort and schedule? I.e. is the project capable of creating a work plan including objectives, activities, and deliverable(s)?
Is the asking amount reasonable and justified?
Is the project aware of and comfortable with the Intellectual property language in USG contracts?