Proposals are now invited for the AI for Earth Innovation Grant by National Geographic Society and Microsoft’s AI for Earth Program to create artificial intelligence tools for a more sustainable planet.
The National Geographic Society and Microsoft’s AI for Earth program are partnering to support novel projects that create and deploy AI tools to improve the way we monitor, model, understand, and ultimately manage Earth’s natural resources for a more sustainable future.
This partnership is focused on supporting projects that will build tools such as applications, application programming interfaces (APIs), or packages to be shared. Microsoft will help the successful applicants make their models and tools available for use by other environmental researchers and innovators.
Proposed work should address one or more of the topics below and create generalizable, scalable tools that can be used by other environmental researchers and conservationists.
Biodiversity around the world is rapidly declining. AI can help us understand and address challenges such as these:
- Human-wildlife conflict
- Invasive species introduction and spread
- Habitat loss, including agricultural and urban encroachment
- Species discovery, identification, and distribution
- Wildlife poaching and trafficking
Countries and communities around the world are engaged in climate resilience, adaptation, and mitigation efforts. AI can help in areas such as these:
- Understanding and quantifying carbon sequestration
- Monitoring and understanding afforestation/reforestation efforts
- Identifying fire risks and ways to mitigate damage
- Extreme weather and climate modeling
- Sustainable land-use change
- Resilience to impacts caused by extreme events (e.g., droughts, floods, other natural disasters)
Applicants may request $5,000 to $100,000. The budgets of successful proposals will include reasonable, well-justified costs directly required to complete the project. Successful applicants may use awarded funds over one year.
In addition to financial support, successful applicants will receive free access to AI for Earth APIs, applications, tools, and tutorials, and support for their computational work on Microsoft Azure.
You may submit a proposal as the project leader for only one project at a time. All applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time they submit an application. There is no upper age limit for Early Career Grants. However, if you have more than five years of full-time, professional experience in the field of your project focus, you do not qualify for an Early Career Grant.
More specifically, grant recipients must do the following:
- Release source code for projects publicly under the MIT license and feature their work on the Microsoft AI for Earth Technical Resources page.
- Make the training data on which their solutions are developed publicly available in a standard digital format
- Develop and deploy their solutions on Microsoft Azure.
Call for Proposals
To submit your proposals online, click here. The last date to submit your proposals is October 21, 2020.
For further information, click here.
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