AI for Earth Grants

Funding Agency:
Microsoft Corporation

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.

We accept proposals on a rolling basis and review them four times a year. Deadlines for each period in 2021 are:

  • January 4, 2021, 11:59 PM Pacific Time
  • April 5, 2021, 11:59 PM Pacific Time
  • July 5, 2021, 11:59 PM Pacific Time
  • October 4, 2021, 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants can be affiliated with an academic institution, nonprofit organization, government entity, environmental startup, or an innovative project within a company. For the Azure compute grants, we recommend that the main applicant has a demonstrated background in environmental science and/or technology, and that at least one member of the team has strong enough technical skills to complete the project successfully. Applicants should be close to or done with their data collection and ready to start with computation and model building.

Esri will also consider AI for Earth grant recipients who are affiliated with academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and startups for a sponsored subscription to ArcGIS Pro. ArcGIS Pro is a leading geospatial software for creating maps, performing spatial analysis, and managing data.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

October 4, 2021