The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture is seeking applications for the INSPIRE Challenge to demonstrate the power of big data analytics through inspiring and innovative projects.
- Bridges the deep subject matter expertise of CGIAR researchers with the capabilities of external partners
- Challenges research organizations to partner with industry in order to leverage public good data
- Robust, established application and review process evaluated on the following:
- Pitch Qualit
- Data use
Digital Innovation and COVID-19
- Sustaining Farm Income will link sustainable practices in food systems directly back to farm income. It provides a mechanism for digital innovations for (re)building resilient, inclusive agricultural value chains at a time that will be important for COVID-19 recovery.
- Measuring and Building Resilience will leverage the vast amount of data and applied research methods to understand and operationalize resilience in target food systems.
- Sensing and Renewing Ecosystems links ecosystem services to long-term resilience of food systems (which could include, for example, managing future risk of zoonotic disease).
- Revealing Food Systems sources and implements novel, high-frequency methods for tracing and understanding food flows (an important capability for monitoring and predicting emergent food security shocks before they become acute).
As a result, the 2020 Inspire Challenge startup grant evaluation will include specific COVID-19 response, recovery, and resilience metrics added to the judging rubric.
- Revealing food systems
- Measuring & building resilience
- Sustaining farm income
- Sensing & renewing ecosystems
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 they operate system-wide.
- All teams participating must be comprised of a variety of actors to ensure a diversity of thought and perspectives. To encourage long-term adoption and easy access to the data, they must include a CGIAR center and be embedded within a CGIAR Research Program, and include a non-CGIAR entity of any type.
- Upon submitting your request, you will periodically receive the profiles of potential partners who match with your profile, candidates can reach out to each other to see if there is mutual interest. Applicants are responsible for their own follow-ups. If you already have a partner and an idea you are excited to put forward for the 2020 Inspire Challenge, this form is not a necessary step in the application process.
- Once Challengers have formed their collaborative team by aligning with a CGIAR partner, they can submit their application.
For more information, visit https://bigdata.cgiar.org/inspire/