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AI for Earth Azure Grant

In-Kind Grants of Cloud Resources to USA, Canada, and International Individuals
in Nonprofits, IHEs, Agencies, or Companies for Environmental Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Microsoft

Deadline Date:

10/07/19 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Description:

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In-kind grants of cloud computing resources to USA, Canada, and International individuals affiliated with a nonprofit, IHE, government entity, or company for projects that promote environmental sustainability. Funding is intended for projects that align with at least one of four areas of interest: agriculture, climate change, biodiversity, and water. The grants provide access to advanced Microsoft Azure cloud computing resources to support projects that change the way people and organizations monitor, model, and ultimately manage Earth’s natural systems.

For information about the four focus areas, see the URL for Full Text.

Currently, AI for Earth provides two types of grants. Each round, you can apply to either, or both, depending on your project needs:
- Data labeling services: An important prerequisite for most AI projects is having an accurately labeled dataset to train your model on. Grants are provided to help label key datasets in the four environmental focus areas. All datasets that are labeled through the grants program are hosted on Azure and made publicly available to other organizations and individuals for training models. The amount granted is dependent on size of dataset and difficulty of labeling. Please include in your application, the size of the dataset and other associated costs such as labor.
- Azure compute credits: If you already have access to a labeled dataset and are ready to start computing in the cloud and accessing Azure AI tools, this grant provides you with Azure compute credits. By being a member of the AI for Earth grantee community, you also have access to additional resources (technical advice and support, online Azure training materials, as well as invitations to the AI for Earth Summit for networking and education opportunities).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186066

Estimated Size of Grant:

Azure compute credits worth $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000 (depending on project scope and needs).

Term of Contract:

Grantees will receive 12 months of free resources.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants can be affiliated with an academic institution, nonprofit organization, government entity, environmental startup, or an innovative project within a company. For the Azure compute grants, it is recommended that the main applicant has a demonstrated background in environmental science and/or technology, and that at least one member of the team has strong enough technical skills to complete the project successfully. Applicants should be close to or done with their data collection and ready to start with computation and model building.

Esri will also consider AI for Earth grant recipients who are affiliated with academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and startups for a sponsored subscription to ArcGIS Pro. ArcGIS Pro is a leading geospatial software for creating maps, performing spatial analysis, and managing data.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed four times a year. Deadlines for each period in 2019 are:
- January 7, 11:59 PM Pacific Time
- April 8, 11:59 PM Pacific Time
- July 8, 11:59 PM Pacific Time
- October 7, 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Applications should be submitted online. The grant application includes an online form with two sections, one for data labeling services and one for Azure credits. Fill out either or both, depending on the resources you need for your project. For Azure compute grants, you will also fill out a written project proposal that is uploaded in the Files section of the Online Application System.

Information about cloud computing: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/academic-program/microsoft-azure-for-research/

FAQ: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ai/ai-for-earth-grants#primaryR9

Program details: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ai/ai-for-earth-grants#primaryR4

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://msrprograms.cloudapp.net/AI4EARTHGrants

If you have questions about the awards program or the application process, please email ai4egrants@microsoft.com.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

Israel

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.