Typical proposal requests should be less than $100,000; however, applicants may request up to $200,000. Successful applicants may use awarded funds over one year.
Please note the specific budget guidelines for this program: The AI for Earth Innovation Grant is a unique program in partnership with Microsoft. Therefore, not all standard National Geographic budget guidelines apply. Direct costs for applicant and project member compensation is not limited to 20% of the grant amount requested, and can be up to 100% of the grant amount requested. However, the maximum that NGS will provide for indirect costs (overhead) is 26.59% in accordance with our 2017 federal rate. (Please see the Preparing Your Proposal page for all other budgetary guidance.)
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.
All models supported through this grant must be open source, and grant recipients must be willing to share their models for use by other environmental researchers and innovators.
We recommend that the main applicant has a demonstrated background in environmental science and/or technology, and we require that at least one member of the team has 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.
We believe great ideas spring from a diversity of experiences, and thus encourage applications from all over the world.
When applying for this RFP, please select “Changing Planet” in the Lens dropdown menu on the Project Description tab of the application.
Read about our recently awarded AI for Earth grant recipients here.
Please note the RFP deadline and also the project timeline is different from other National Geographic grant programs. On the Eligibility Requirement popup, check the box for a 6 months later start date, so you can still access the Grants Portal. But in the application, input January 1, 2019 as your start date. Projects should be complete by December 31, 2019.
If you have further questions about the AI for Earth Innovation RFP, please email us at email@example.com.
Please read and verify that you meet National Geographic's Eligibility Requirements before beginning your application.