The 2017 Inspire Challenge
The Inspire Challenge is about challenging partners, universities, and others to use CGIAR data to create innovative pilot projects that will scale. We’re looking for novel approaches that democratize data-driven insights to inform local, national, regional, and global policies and applications in agriculture and food security in real time; helping people–especially smallholder farmers and producers–to lead happier and healthier lives.
In 2017, we received over 120 proposals to our Inspire Challenges from applicants all over the world to use our data to create pilot opportunities that scale. We wanted to show the power of big data analytics and ICTs to provide unprecedented, multi-disciplinary insights to researchers, delivering actionable information to farmers and inspiring others to use big data to create impact.
Of the 120 excellent proposals, we awarded five US$100,000 each to develop their innovative pilot projects.
US$ GRANT / WINNER
Meet the 2017 winners
The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture awarded five research proposals US$100K each at the inaugural annual convention, during 19-22 of September.
The five winning teams have 12 months to implement small-scale proof of concept pilots to demonstrate viability.
The five successful pilots were placed on the trajectory to wider-scale implementation, including the possibility of receiving an additional US$250,000 of scale-up funding. They also have additional help in finding continued funding and widespread adoption within CGIAR, to ensure that these innovations become a part of how we operate system-wide. Read the winning proposals below.