Funding agency: 
Microsoft

AI for Earth awards grants to support projects that change the way people and organizations monitor, model, and ultimately manage Earth’s natural systems. Depending on project need, our grants can award Microsoft Azure cloud computing resources (including AI tools) and/or data labeling services.

To date, we have awarded 393 grants to projects with impact in 63 countries, and we are committed to growing this community of grantees. Learn about our current grant recipients (PDF)

Program Details can be found at: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ai/ai-for-earth-grants

What environmental areas does the program focus on?

AI for Earth awards grants to projects that address four areas that are vital for building a sustainable future:

Agriculture: To feed the world’s rapidly growing population, farmers must produce more food, on less arable land, and with lower environmental impact. AI can help in areas like:

  • Land-use planning and management
  • Natural resource conservation
  • Sustainable supply chains
  • Climate resilient agriculture

Biodiversity: Species are going extinct at alarming rates, driving the decay of key ecosystem services like pollination on which humans depend. AI can help in areas like:

  • Habitat protection and restoration
  • Sustainable trade
  • Invasive species and disease control
  • Pollution control
  • Realizing natural capital

Climate change: Extreme weather events, rising sea levels, higher global temperatures, and increased ocean acidity threaten human health, infrastructure, and the natural systems we rely on for life itself. AI can help in areas like:

  • Climate resilience
  • Extreme weather and climate modeling
  • Sustainable land-use change
  • Ecosystem services (including carbon sequestration)

Water: In the next two decades, demand for fresh water—for human consumption, agriculture, and hygiene—is predicted to dramatically outpace supply.

  • Water supply (including catchment control)
  • Water quality and sanitation
  • Water efficiency
  • Extreme event (droughts, floods, disasters, etc.) management
  • Healthy oceans
Deadline: 
October 7, 2019
Funding type: 
Faculty