As part of its partnership with National Geographic, Microsoft launched a $1 million Earth Innovation Grant scheme in July, which will support 5 to 15 recipients to access Microsoft Cloud and AI tools, as well as financial support. The winners of the project were announced today at an event at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The financial support provided by the program will enable the winners to conduct various studies, ranging from identifying the impacts of climate change using historical aerial photographs toDevelopmentThe first free open source model will help increase data collection for global bird data. Interestingly, the funding for the selected project will be $1.28 million, rather than the original announcement of $1 million. This decision was apparently triggered by the "high quality" of more than 200 applicants. This means that recipients of each grant will receive financial support of $45,000 to $200,000 to support their research projects.
Lucas Joppa, Microsoft's chief environmental officer, commented on the plan's further plans and said: "Human intelligence, especially the combination of speed, strength and scale brought about by AI, is the best choice for us to build a better future for the planet and all of us. The level of applications we receive is excellent and proves our needs since we first launched AI for Earth, and we have seen these resources. We look forward to continuing to work with the National Geographic Society to support these new beneficiaries in their efforts to discover and improve the planet. "
As previously announced, winners will have access to Microsoft Azure and AI tools, financial support, and contact the National Geographic Laboratory with the National Geographic Resource Manager community.