Date/Deadline: 15 Jun, 2020

Microsoft is mobilising their efforts on the AI for Health Initiative to support researchers and organisations responding to COVID-19.

Given the urgency of the COVID-19 crisis, requests are being accepted in the AI for Health program for COVID-19 grant proposals from nonprofits, academia, and governments. This is a focused effort for COVID-19 grant requests only. Grants will be accepted until June 15th, 2020 or until further notice.

This grant program provides Azure cloud and High-Performance Computing capabilities. The team of AI for Health data science experts, whose mission is to improve the health of people and communities worldwide, is also open to collaborations with COVID-19 researchers as they tackle this critical challenge. More broadly, Microsoft’s research scientists across the world, spanning computer science, biology, medicine, and public health, will also be available to provide advice and collaborate per mutual interest.

To apply for a grant, you must prepare a description, no longer than three pages, of your proposal which cover the following questions. Do not include any proprietary information in proposals. It is expected that teams who receive AI for Health COVID-19 grants will publish their work and results in an open manner.

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

– Potential benefits and clearly defined impact to the COVID-19 response
– Feasibility of the technical approach
– Need for Azure Computing and/or AI to solve the problem
– Knowledge and experience managing Azure within your organisation
– Estimated computing resource requirements

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