Win Azure credits worth up to $20,000 in the Microsoft Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Accessibility Grants 2021

Are you passionate about making the world more inclusive? Are you interested in projects that use Al to empower people living with disabilities? Then you should apply for the Microsoft Al for Accessibility Grants 2021. 

They are looking for individuals or teams who are not only passionate about making the world more inclusive, but also firmly rooted in the communities they intend to benefit. They want to invest in ideas that are developed by or with people with disabilities. 

Application Deadline: June 30, 2021 / December 17, 2021

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Benefits

Successful projects get: 

  • Grants cover costs related to collecting or labeling data, developing models, or other engineering-related work.
  • Azure compute credits worth $10,000, $15,000, or $20,000 (depending on project scope and needs)
  • Azure developer support, resources, and opportunities to collaborate and showcase their work.

Eligibility

The opportunity is open to :

  • They invite applications from developers, NGOs, academics, researchers, and inventors to accelerate their work for people with disabilities.
  • This is a global program: Grant applications from all countries are eligible.
  • If you are worried about not meeting all requirements, connect to someone in your community who can support you and partner on an application.

Requirements/Terms and Conditions

  • Review the proposal requirements document. 
  • Your project proposal should describe the accessibility challenge addressed, the technical solution proposed, and its potential impact on people with disabilities.

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Application Instructions

Submit your project proposal via the online application form here

About the Microsoft Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Accessibility Grants

AI for Accessibility grants support projects that use AI to empower people living with disabilities. We are looking for individuals or teams who are not only passionate about making the world more inclusive, but also firmly rooted in the communities they intend to benefit. We want to invest in ideas that are developed by or with people with disabilities.

Key Dates and Order of Program

They accept proposals on a rolling basis and review them a few times a year. The next deadlines are:

  • Employment: July 30, 2021, 11:59 PM Pacific Time
  • Low-Cost Assistive Technology (AT): December 17, 2021, 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Al for Accessibility grant applications are reviewed by Microsoft employees who are directly involved in the Al for Accessibility grant selection process for the sole purpose of proposal review and to determine the grant level to be provided.

Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Relevance: Al and/or machine learning are core to the project success.
  • Impact: Your project clearly elevates education, employment, community, or home outcomes for
  • someone with a disability. • Data: Your team is open to sharing privacy compliant data for future innovation.
  • Feasible: The project is achievable within a one year timeframe. This could be phase 1 of your project, but there should be tangible deliverables completed each quarter that are wrapped up in 12 months.
  • Capable: Your team should have the knowledge and skill to deliver the idea, or you should have a plan to partner with someone who can fill in any gaps.
  • Sustainable: The project has room to grow beyond the first year of funding.
  • Showcase-able: They want to talk about whatever you deliver!
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