The Google AI Impact Challenge is an open call to nonprofits, social enterprises, and research institutions around the world to submit their ideas to use AI to help address social and environmental challenges. Selected organizations will receive education and coaching from Google’s AI experts, access to computing resources, and Google.org grant funding from a $25M pool.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and its sub-category of machine learning (ML) are characterized by a process of training a piece of software, called a model, to generate new outputs based on a set of data inputs – for example, predicting a sports team’s performance based on their past record. This model can then serve up predictions about previously unseen data. AI models can range from linear regressions run in Excel to sophisticated deep learning algorithms run on AI platforms, and we are open to applications across this spectrum, as long as they aim to help address a social or environmental problem.
Google believe that AI can give us new ways of addressing problems and meaningfully improve people’s lives. We want to support organizations on the front lines of solving today’s biggest challenges with bold ideas to apply AI to the problems that they know best. Since 2005, Google.org has invested in innovative organizations that are using technology to build a better world.
Google will accept applications from October 29, 2018 until January 22, 2019. Organizations selected to receive grants will be announced in spring 2019.
- Impact: How will the proposed project address a societal challenge, and to what extent? Is the application grounded in research and data about the problem and the solution? Is there a clear plan to deploy the AI model for real-world impact, and what are the expected outcomes?
- Feasibility: Does the team have a well-developed, realistic plan to execute on the proposal? Does the team have a plan to access a meaningful dataset and technical expertise to apply AI to the problem? Have they identified the right partners and domain experts needed for implementation?
- Use of AI: Does the proposal apply AI technology to tackle the issue it seeks to address?
- Scalability: If successful, how can this project scale beyond the initial proposal? Can it scale directly, serve as a model for other efforts, or advance the field?
- Responsibility: Does the proposed use of artificial intelligence align with Google’s AI Principles? See Google’s Responsible AI Practices for practical guidance.
- Grant recipients will receive the best of Google to help bring their ideas to life:
- Coaching from Google’s AI experts
- Google.org grant funding from a $25M pool
- Access to resources including computing power, an ML-focused accelerator, training, and more.
- Google expect grants may range from $500k to $2M USD, but will ultimately be sized based on project needs.
- They encourage appliGoogle AI Impact Challengecants to submit budgets that accurately reflect the scope of their proposal. Likewise, education, coaching, and computing resources will also be tailored to project needs.
- The Challenge is open to any nonprofit organization, public charity, or for-profit business from around the world, provided that they apply for a project that has a charitable purpose.
- Unfortunately, individuals without organizational affiliation are ineligible.
- Individuals and organizations that ordinarily reside or are located in Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, or Syria are not eligible to apply.
- For-profit businesses that are registered or formed under the laws of their country may apply if their suggested projects have an explicit charitable purpose.
- They’re looking for innovators who understand the needs of marginalized and vulnerable populations in their own communities and around the world and are working to create new and unexpected solutions to address social or environmental inequities.
- Final discretion as to which organizations and which projects are funded is up to Google.
- Only one organization may be the applicant of record, but they welcome and encourage collaboration – especially between technical and social sector experts.
- The application allows you to specify partners who will be critical to your work. If your application is selected to receive a grant, the applicant organization will be the sole recipient of the grant, but may subgrant or subcontract with other organizations to complete the proposed project as long as all organizations comply with the terms of the grant agreement.
- Applications must be submitted in English to be considered. However, we’re willing to work with organizations with varying levels of English ability throughout the review and selection process.
- If you have an idea and your organization is eligible (see FAQs), you’re ready to apply.
- Download the application and apply through the Apply Now link below.
Organizations will have until 11:59:59pm PST January 22, 2019 to submit their applications. After the deadline, Google and our panel of experts will review proposals and announce grant recipients in spring 2019.
Application Deadline: January 22, 2019Application ClosedOfficial link