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Grant applications opens for GEO-Microsoft Planetary Computer Programme

Press Release 28 Sep 2021 - 21:14 SAST

Grant applications opens for GEO-Microsoft Planetary Computer Programme

Press Release 28 Sep 2021 - 21:14 SAST

By the Group on Earth Observations

To spur early adoption of Microsoft’s Planetary Computer, The Group on Earth Observations (GEO), in partnership with Microsoft, has announced a request for proposals from scientists looking to use the platform to help reduce and reverse tropical forest loss.

The Microsoft Planetary Computer is a multi-petabyte catalogue of global environmental data with APIs and applications. Grantees will be able to utilise open data and analytical tools, including being among the first to access the NICFI Satellite Data Program on Azure. 

The NICFI Satellite Data Program – or Norway’s International Climate and Forests Initiative Imagery Program – was established in 2020 by Norway’s Ministry of Climate and Environment to provide universal access to high-resolution satellite monitoring of the tropics to support efforts to stop deforestation.

This GEO-Microsoft Planetary Computer Programme will support 12-month projects that use the Planetary Computer to apply Earth observations to address environmental challenges, as a Flagship, Initiative or Community Activity of the GEO Work Programme.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • Access to the Planetary Computer
  • Up to $60 000 in financial support for 12 months
  • Up to $60 000 Microsoft Azure credits, with access for three years
  • Resources provided through the Microsoft AI for Earth grants program, including technical advice and support, online Azure training materials, networking and educational opportunities

Find out more about eligibility requirements and expected outcomes on GEO’s announcement here. Draf proposals are due by 25 October 2021. Contact GEO Secretariat senior scientist Douglas Cripe for more info: dcripe@geosec.org