The 2018 Inspire Challenge
The Inspire Challenge encourages the use of big data approaches to advance agricultural research and development. The winners are groundbreaking innovations with real potential for developmental impact, have mobilized underused or misused data, and demonstrate meaningful partnerships with CGIAR and other sector members.
In 2018, we received over 130 proposals to our Inspire Challenges from applicants all over the world in the four Inspire Challenge categories: Revealing Food Systems, Monitoring Pests and Diseases, Disrupting Impact Assessment, and Empowering Data-Driven Farming.
Of the 130 excellent proposals for the Inspire Challenge 2018, we awarded five US$100,000 each to develop their innovative pilot projects.
In addition, the Platform awarded US$500,000 in total to three of the five winners from the 2017 challenge to help them expand the scale of their innovation. They had 12 months to implement their pilots and had to demonstrate the proven viability and potential for impact and present their results in front of a panel of judges to compete for the Scale-Up grant.
US$250,000 was awarded to the scale-up project that demonstrated the most significant impact and, in a surprise result, the CGIAR awarded an additional US$250,000 in grants, split between two runner-up projects due to the exceptional results achieved.
US$ TOTAL GRANT
→ INSPIRE CHALLENGE 2018
US$ GRANT / WINNER
→ SCALE-UP 2018
SCALE UP RUNNERS
US$ GRANT / RUNNER
SCALE UP WINNER
Meet the Scale-up winners
US$250,000 was awarded to the project that demonstrated the most significant impact and, in a surprise result, the CGIAR awarded an additional US$250,000 to be split between two runner-up projects due to the exceptional results achieved.
Meet the 2018 winners
The five winning teams have 12 months to implement small-scale proof of concept pilots to demonstrate viability.