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Conservation Tech Award: Accelerating Innovation and Development

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) is inviting applications for the EarthRanger Program to help protected areas and conservation organizations safeguard wildlife and their habitats through the advancement of technology.

AI2 seeks to provide two (2) grants, each in the amount of $15,000 USD, to organizations that deployed or developed technology to make a positive impact in conservation management, including but not limited to, the security of endangered animals, animal behavior research, anti-poaching enforcement, ecological management, and human-wildlife coexistence. They are specifically looking to support existing efforts that have already demonstrated a measure of success and not for proposals of intended future work:

  • ‍Technology Adopter Grant: this grant is for an organization that adopted technology in new or novel ways for conservation management.
  • Technology Practitioner Grant: this grant is for an organization that has developed technology (e.g., software, applications, AI models/algorithms, hardware) to advance conservation management.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Nonprofit and for-profit organizations and protected areas are eligible to apply, provided that their activities are primarily directed to the protection and preservation of the natural environment in the public interest.
  • All applicants must follow AI2’s Business Partner Code of Conduct.
  • Applicants may only apply for one (1) grant by selecting either the Technology Adopter Grant or Technology Practitioner Grant in the online application form. 
  • Past applicants including grantees with new projects or initiatives eligible to apply.
  • Both EarthRanger users and non-users are welcome to apply for either grant; there is no requirement to become an EarthRanger user to apply and no preference is given to EarthRanger users in the evaluation of applications.
  • All organizations represented on the award selection committees, including AI2 and its affiliated entities, are not eligible to apply. 
  • Individuals are not eligible to apply in a personal capacity, and may only apply on behalf of their organization or entity. 
  • Applications from embargoed countries or organizations run by sanctioned individuals will not be considered, as determined by AI2 in its sole discretion. 
  • All submissions will be reviewed for compliance with AI2’s legal and tax requirements. An applicant may not be eligible based on any restrictions or other requirements necessary for AI2 to comply with applicable laws, as determined by AI2 in its sole discretion. ‍

For more information, visit AI2.

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