**Some programs are limited. Please read solicitations carefully and consult your Office of Research for specifics, such as limited applications through your university and internal application deadlines.**

The National Geographic Society (NGS) and Microsoft's AI for Earth program are partnering to support the exploration of how AI can help us understand, engage, and protect the planet. The $1 million AI for Earth Innovation Grant 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: Species are going extinct at alarming rates, and our planet's last wild places need protection. AI can help in areas like: - Protected area management and restoration - Sustainable trade - Invasive species and disease control - Pollution control - Realizing natural capital (including valuing natural capital, species identification)
  • 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 and afforestation/reforestation)
  • 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 -
  • Water: In the next two decades, demand for fresh water - for human consumption, agriculture, and hygiene - is predicted to dramatically outpace supply. AI can help in areas like: - Water supply (including catchment control) - Water quality and sanitation - Water efficiency - Extreme-event (droughts, floods, disasters, etc.) management - Healthy oceans

For more information, go to: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/grants/grant-opportunities/ai-earth-innovation/