The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture serves to provide leadership in organizing open data, convening partners, and demonstrating the power of big data analytics through inspiring projects.
The Inspire Challenge was launched in 2017 as CGIAR’s signature digital innovation process. It leverages the global footprint and deep food security subject matter expertise of CGIAR with expert industry partners to link digital technologies to impact in developing economies.
We are challenging partners, universities, and others to use CGIAR data to create innovative pilot projects that will scale.
Global agriculture is increasingly driven by data. 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. Newer digital innovations — including machine learning, the expansion of connected sensor technologies, and robotics — promise more dramatic changes in the farming landscape in the near future.
The Inspire Challenge is CGIAR’s signature digital innovation process. It leverages the global footprint and deep food security subject matter expertise of CGIAR with expert industry partners to link digital technologies to impact in developing economies.
Eligibility and Criteria
Inspire Challenges are about solving big problems using next-generation ideas. We’re looking for bold, novel ideas that leverage the expansion of big data and digital technologies to unlock new scientific discoveries or enhance the agriculture development enterprise.
We want innovative ideas with promising potential for social impact that use open data to solve development problems faster, cheaper, and with greater efficiency. Proposals for funding basic research (where the path to positive impacts is still unclear) or targeted towards sustaining ongoing research, will probably be considered unresponsive to the Challenge.
Applications must fall in one of the following Challenge categories:
- REVEALING FOOD SYSTEMS
- MEASURING & BUILDING RESILIENCE
- SUSTAINING FARM INCOME
- SENSING & RENEWING ECOSYSTEM
Your Innovation should follow the following Criteria:
- Combines multiple data sources and adds value to them through data fusion or analysis, mobilizing underused or misused data – especially CGIAR data.
- The project has the potential to serve the needs of a growing user base and the interface is well designed and specific to the problem, with the data, procedure for use, and codebase well documented.
- Enhances stakeholder ability to make decisions problem statement, rationale, process, and outputs of the product clearly support decision making affecting the farm level.
- The narrative clearly indicates hardware, software, human resources required to install/maintain/run the product, and good documentation is provided.
- Proposal is a real game-changer with the potential to transform food systems. It is not basic research nor solely targeted towards sustaining ongoing research.
- Pitch and demonstration is compelling, well organized, and clearly illustrates the relationship of the problem to the proposed solution.
Awards and Benefits
- Winning teams will receive $100,000 to put their ideas into practice.
- Teams will have 12 months to implement small-scale proof of concept pilots to demonstrate viability.
- Successful pilots will be placed on the trajectory to wider-scale implementation, including the possibility of receiving an additional $250,000 of scale-up funding.
- Successful pilots will 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.
How To Apply
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