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AI for Earth Innovation

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Individuals for Projects That
Use Artificial Intelligence to Support Environmental Sustainability

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Geographic Society and Microsoft

Deadline Date:

10/09/19 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186065

Estimated Size of Grant:

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.

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are awarded to an individual—the applicant. However, you may choose for the payment to be made directly to, and administered by, your affiliated organization. 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.

Students should not submit in their advisor’s name. The individual responsible for carrying out the project should apply and write the application.

The National Geographic Society cannot divide grant funds between multiple individuals or organizations.

Eligibility Requirements:
- Applicants must be above the age of 18.
- Applicants may not have an active grant from NGS or have already been awarded a grant in this cycle.
- Applications must be written in English
- Projects should have local collaborators if occurring outside the applicant's home country or community.o
- The project cannot take place in, nor can the applicant be a citizen of any restricted country (mainland China or any comprehensive OFAC-sanctioned countries--North Korea, Cuba, Iran, Syria, Sudan, and the Crimea region controlled by Russia).

You are prohibited from engaging in any grant-funded work with any individual or organization who is on the Specially Designated National (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Treasury.

Applications that support strictly laboratory or collections work are usually not considered.

Pre-Application Information:

The next deadline for many opportunities is July 10, 2019. All applications received by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the deadline will be reviewed, and decisions announced 4 months later.

All applications must be submitted through the online application system. Mailed or emailed applications are not accepted. All application materials must be submitted in English.

- Applications accepted through January 9.
- Decisions in May.

- Applications accepted through April 10.
- Decisions in August.

- Applications accepted through July 10.
- Decisions in November.

- Applications accepted through October 9.
- Decisions in February 2020.

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

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If you have questions about the AI for Earth Innovation RFP, please email with “AI for Earth Innovation” in the subject line.

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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


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.