Today, the Bezos Earth Fund launched the AI for Climate and Nature Grand Challenge. The Grand Challenge is exploring new ideas for multiplying the impact of climate and nature efforts using modern AI.

The first round of awards will focus on sustainable proteins, power grid optimization, and biodiversity conservation, in addition to embracing visionary wildcard solutions for climate and nature.

“The challenges we face are too urgent for incremental steps,” said Bezos Earth Fund President and CEO Dr. Andrew Steer. “We must pursue transformational change — but with openness and a commitment to frontline solutions. That’s why we are asking those who have firsthand experience in addressing climate change and nature loss to join us in exploring how modern AI may multiply the impact of solutions that work.”

Attend the virtual information session on June 20

Potential applicants can learn more about the AI for Climate and Nature Grand Challenge at the June 20 virtual information session. The team will present an overview of the Grand Challenge and answer questions submitted in advance.

Get started on a proposal

The first round of the Grand Challenge invites grant proposals from eligible organizations: U.S.-based 501(c)(3) entities and global academic institutions. In keeping with the Bezos Earth Fund’s commitment to equity and access, eligible applicants may collaborate with organizations all over the world to develop their proposals. Proposals from non-affiliated individuals are not eligible.

Phase 1 proposals are due by 5:59 p.m. Eastern Time (9:59 p.m. UTC) on Tuesday, July 30. A submission should articulate the proposed solution and the problem it addresses, the near-term and long-term impacts the solution will have, the potential for scaling the solution, the resources needed for development, and the approach to responsible development of the solution. 

Up to 30 applicants will be selected as Seed Grantees and receive funding and mentorship from experts at the forefront of climate, nature, and AI. Potential applicants are encouraged to read more about the Grand Challenge and browse the curated resources. They can also review the selection criteria and view the submission form.

Help spread the word about the Grand Challenge

Protecting our planet requires collaboration. Do you know anyone exploring how modern AI can multiply the impact of a climate or nature solution? Encourage them to submit a proposal describing their idea. 

If you would like to share the challenge with your networks, here is sample content to help you amplify the news.

Proposals are due by July 30: Register your team and start a submission.