Challenge Criteria & Timeline

Criteria

A successful project proposal will have the potential to advance the frontiers of knowledge and support efforts towards a food-secure future. It should harness the power of big data to benefit agriculture research and development in general and the CGIAR centers and research programs in specific.  In order to be successful it will require novel partnerships between various actors, one of which must be a CGIAR center, and one of which must be a non-CGIAR organization. Such a proposal should be new, disruptive and something that would not ordinarily get funded. A successful proposal could contribute:

  • A novel methodological approach
  • New or novel and untapped data sources
  • Special ways of capturing data
  • New analytics within the realm of international agricultural research
  • New visualizations with a focus on creating impact

Deliverables can include:

  • Proofs of concept
  • Data sets
  • Work-flows
  • Digital Tools or devices

Evaluation of Inspire projects will include attention to:

  • Scope and relevance of topic
  • Information sources
  • Design and implementation
  • Feasibility
  • Technical approach, specifications, and documentation
  • Key audiences/beneficiaries and relevance to their needs
  • Applicability for beneficiaries and potential for uptake
  • Maintenance, sustainability requirements

More detail on how these projects will be scored is available via a project evaluation rubric.

Important Note: Any data collected and or developed for the Inspire project will be made Open Access in compliance with CGIAR OA/OD policies and standards. Any software, workflow code, and machine readable scripts developed as part of the Inspire project will be made available as open source code; i.e., governed by open licenses.

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Timeline

1 August

CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture Inspire Calls Announced

At the Platform for Big Data we are all about moving fast and, if not breaking, then certainly disrupting things. That’s why we give just one month to respond to the Inspire Challenge call, we don’t want doubting or second guessing, so we leave no time for it.  Applicants should take their first moonshot idea and make it happen.

31 August

First drafts due for those needing travel sponsorship

At the Platform for Big Data we are all about moving fast and, if not breaking, then certainly disrupting things. That’s why we give just one month to respond to the Inspire Challenge call, we don’t want doubting or second guessing, so we leave no time for it.  Applicants should take their first moonshot idea and make it happen.

8 September

All first drafts Due

Those that have already booked their tickets have an extra week to get their proposal in.

10-18 September

Public Posting

Great ideas deserve to be fostered and challenged. That is why we post all first drafts of those who will be taking the Inspire Challenge stage to the bigdata.cgiar.org webpage in advance of the competition. In this way we lay the groundwork to tweak, cross-pollinate, and brainstorm even greater ideas.

19-22 September

The CGIAR Big Data in Agriculture Convention

This is where the magic happens. Not satisfied that your proposal has what it takes to win on its own? Get together and brainstorm with your colleagues. Or better yet, mash up your team with another and compete together. Remember, all entries need a lest two organizations on the proposal, one of which is a CGIAR team and one that is not.

21 September

Pitch day!

You’ll take the stage in font of a hundred of you peers and show them what you’ve got. Our judges will be taking notes and making decisions right then and there – so no pressure.

October

Winners Awarded

We’ll be issuing the grants in October, from once you receive them you’ll have 12 short months to pilot your idea and prove your project.

2018

The Journey Continues

Winners will receive help and support from the Platform, as well as rigorous monitoring and evaluation and breakaway successes will be eligible for further funding. And if an idea wasn’t selected fret not, we’ll be releasing a new back of Inspire Challenges to compete for.