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APPLY NOW: 1 million USD in grants for innovative big data in agriculture solutions

This year the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture will award up to 1 million USD in grants to two categories of Inspire Challenge winners: pilot project grants and scale-up grants for winners of the 2018 grant who demonstrate exceptional results, proven viability, and potential for impact.

Photo:  Uganda field workshop held by Inspire Challenge winner CubicA. By CubicA

 

Advances in computing power, data storage, and data communications over the last 30 years have given rise to powerful tools for helping make farming and food systems more precise, profitable, and adaptive. However, digital agriculture worldwide has not realized its full potential.

“In order to democratise the digital agriculture innovation space we need solutions that are relevant to users outside of Silicon Valley,” said coordinator of the BIG DATA Platform, Brian King.

The CGIAR Inspire Challenge is the innovation process of the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture and seeks to source and foster new solutions for digital agriculture in developing economies.

The initiative challenges research organizations to partner with industry in order to leverage public good data–especially CGIAR data–to solve intractable challenges at scale. It is committed to helping digital innovations find a foothold and a path to scale in the agriculture sector.

“Although there is an array of digital innovation places and processes in developing economies, the rate at which these innovations take root in the agriculture sector remains slow.” said coordinator of the BIG DATA Platform, Brian King.

“To change the game in development agriculture, we need to apply the best of innovation strategy and build the evidence base around solutions.  said Brian King.

The Inspire Challenge has awarded a total of 2 million USD to date to innovative pilot projects using big data approaches to advance agricultural research and development.

In 2018 the Platform received over 130 excellent proposals, five of which were selected to receive US$100,000 to put their ideas into practice. The Platform also awarded a total of US$250,000 in scale-up grants to three of the 2017 winners. For more information about the winning proposals, visit the 2018 Challenge page.

As with previous years, Inspire Challenge winners will be awarded during the annual convention. The Platform is proud to announce this year’s convention will be held in Hyderabad, India, 16-18 October, and hosted by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

 

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About the Inspire Challenge

The Inspire Challenge is an initiative that challenges research organizations to partner with industry in order to leverage public good data–especially CGIAR data–to solve intractable challenges at scale. It is committed to helping digital innovations find a foothold and a path to scale in the agriculture sector.

Challenge Categories for 2019

How to apply

1. Partner up. Inspire Challenge proposals must be a collaboration between a person or team internal to the CGIAR and an external partner. Challengers can partner-up using this simple partnership matching form, CLOSING 3 JUNE 2019.

2. Submit your application. Once Challengers have formed their collaborative team by aligning with a CGIAR partner, they can submit their application using this form before 17 June 2019.

You can find more information about the application process on the Inspire and FAQ pages.

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CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food-secure future dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.

The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture embraces the power of big data analytics, supporting CGIAR as it becomes a leader in generating actionable data-driven insights. It builds capacity throughout CGIAR to generate and manage big data, assisting CGIAR and its partners’ efforts to comply with open access/open data principles to unlock important research and datasets. It also empowers researchers to strengthen data analytical capacity, developing practical big data tools and services in a coordinated way, and it addresses critical gaps, both organizational and technical, expanding the horizon of CGIAR research. The Platform is co-led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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For more information or interview opportunities, please contact Marianne McDade, Communications Coordinator, CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, m.mcdade@cgiar.org.

May 29, 2019

Marianne McDade

Communications Coordinator
CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture
Cali, Colombia
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