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Requests for proposals: AI For Earth Innovation Grant (National Geographic)

Deadline: 8 October 2018.

National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society (NGS) and Microsoft’s AI for Earth program are partnering to support the exploration of how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help us understand, engage, and protect the planet.

The $1 million AI for Earth Innovation program will provide grants to 5-15 novel projects that improve the way we monitor, model, and ultimately manage Earth’s natural systems for a more sustainable future. The grants will support the creation and deployment of open source trained models and algorithms that are available to other environmental researchers and innovators and thereby have the potential to provide exponential impact.

To qualify, applications should outline a proposal to use AI for conservation in at least one of the following core areas: Biodiversity conservation, climate change, agriculture and water.

Organizations can apply for grants, but the person within the organization who will lead the project—not the institution—should be the applicant and will be expected to meet the requirements of the grant; it is recommended that the main applicant has a demonstrated background in environmental science and/or technology, and at least one member of the team is required to have strong enough technical skills (such as AI, machine learning, statistical data analysis, scientific modeling, software development, and/or remote sensing) to complete the proposed project successfully.

Typical proposal requests should be less than $100,000; however, applicants may request up to $200,000, up to 20 percent of the total award can be used as a stipend for the applicant and/or team members.

Successful applicants may use awarded funds over one year. In addition to financial support, successful proposals will receive free access to AI for Earth API’s, applications, tools, and tutorials, and support for their computational work on Microsoft Azure.

Deadline: 8 October 2018.

[Boletín SIUN 403, 16 de agosto de 2018]

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