Foundation / Corporation
National Geographic Society and Microsoft
10/09/19 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Grants starting at $5,000 to USA, Canada, and International individuals for projects that use artificial intelligence to support environmental sustainability. Funding is intended for projects that develop and deploy algorithms and models that streamline processes related to the environmental field. As an additional opportunity, Microsoft will help the successful proposals make the completed models available for use by other environmental researchers and innovators.
Through this program, 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, and ultimately manage Earth’s natural systems for a more sustainable future. Proposed work should create generalizable, scalable tools that use AI for conservation in at least one of the following core areas: climate change, agriculture, and water. All models supported through this grant must be open source, and grant recipients must be willing to publicly share their models for use by other environmental researchers and their data for use by the National Geographic Society.
Climate change: Countries and communities around the world are engaged in climate resilience, adaptation, and mitigation efforts. AI can help in areas such as:
- Extreme weather and climate modeling
- Sustainable land-use change
- Ecosystem services (including carbon sequestration and afforestation/reforestation)
- Resilience to extreme-event impacts (droughts, floods, disasters, etc.)
Agriculture: Agriculture must transition to a more sustainable model with lower environmental impact. AI can help in areas such as:
- Land-use planning and management
- Precision agriculture
- Natural resource conservation
- Sustainable supply chains
- Climate-resilient agriculture
- Water efficiency and management
Water: Management of the world’s freshwater supply needs to anticipate climate change impacts as well as increasing demand. AI can help in areas such as:
- Extreme-event impacts on water supply (droughts, floods, disasters, etc.)
- Water supply (including catchment control)
- Water quality and sanitation
GrantWatch ID#: 186065
Proposals may request $5,000 to $100,000. In addition to financial support, successful proposals will receive free access to AI for Earth APIs, applications, tools, and tutorials, and support for their computational work on Microsoft Azure.
Successful applicants may use awarded funds over one year. The project start date must be at least 6 months after the application submission deadline.
NGS does not fund continuations of projects that have already received funds from the NGS.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To take the eligibility quiz and to apply online: https://grants.nationalgeographic.org/
If you have questions about the AI for Earth Innovation RFP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “AI for Earth Innovation” in the subject line.
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