Funding opportunities in climate change, energy, and AI with focus on Africa, Latin America, or South and Southeast Asia

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Priya Donti

May 20, 2022, 4:05:42 PMMay 20
Dear colleagues,

I hope you're well! I wanted to pass along info about the grant opportunities below in case they may be of interest to you or others in your network. In particular, the first opportunity (funding the creation of ML datasets at the intersection of climate change and energy) may be of especial interest.

We hope you consider participating, and would appreciate your help in sharing this info with others who may be interested.


Priya L. Donti
Ph.D. Candidate, Carnegie Mellon
Chair, Climate Change AI
Pronouns: She/her, they/them


Climate Change AI is excited to share two new funding opportunities on which we are partnering:

  • A call for dataset development for machine learning for climate projects, led by the Lacuna Fund [proposals due July 17].

  • A call for grant proposals on climate change and AI (open to universities and academic research institutions in Africa), led by RUFORUM, WASCAL and AKADEMIYA2063 [proposals due June 30]. 

More details about both calls are below.

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About the Lacuna Fund Call for Proposals

The Lacuna Fund has launched a call for proposals to develop datasets for machine learning for climate. Lacuna Fund’s funding process focuses on datasets for equitable climate outcomes and this call will be administered in two tracks: climate & energy and climate & health. 

Quick links:

Request for Proposals (RFP) Summary: Machine learning holds great promise to understand, mitigate, and adapt to climate change but is hampered by a lack of ground truth data—especially in low- and middle-income contexts where people are disproportionately impacted. Open and accessible datasets are needed for energy and health applications related to climate, especially in Africa, Latin America, and South and Southeast Asia.

Please refer to the full RFP for further details on the application process, including eligibility, timeline and selection. Please note that lead applicants must be headquartered in or have a substantial partnership in Africa, Latin America, or South or Southeast Asia. 

Proposals are due by 17 July 2022. 

Mentorship and collaboration resources: To foster the formation of collaborations and partnerships on submissions to the Lacuna Fund RFP, Climate Change AI is providing (a) a digital partnership platform and (b) a mentorship program. 

The digital partnership platform is a space where teams or individuals seeking collaboration can connect and find potential partners.  For those interested, we would like to invite you to join the Lacuna Fund space on the CCAI Community Platform and the CCAI Community Directory.

The mentorship program aims to connect potential Lacuna Fund applicants with experts working in relevant topic areas. The goal of this program is to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations and ultimately increase the quality and potential impact of submitted work. If you are interested in mentoring a proposal team or being matched with a mentor, we invite you to sign up (instructions here). Applications for both mentees and mentors are due by May 24th 2022.


About the RUFORUM, WASCAL and AKADEMIYA2063 Innovation Research Grants

RUFORUM, WASCAL and AKADEMIYA2063 have launched a call for innovation research grants on responsible artificial intelligence for climate action. 

The Call for Proposals aims to advance climate action in Africa through the responsible development and deployment of artificial intelligence innovations, and will identify eight innovation research projects in Responsible AI for Climate Action in Africa.

This program is part of a new African innovation research network, launched by Artificial Intelligence for Development Africa (AI4D Africa), a joint initiative funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). The call was developed in collaboration with Climate Change AI. 

Follow this link to find more information and submit applications for the call for innovation research grants.

The deadline for grant applications is June 30, 2022.

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