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Apply Now: $100,000 Gates Foundation Grants for Your Artificial Intelligence Ideas

By Wayan Vota on May 29, 2023

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As artificial intelligence technology continues to swiftly evolve and advance, the global community must move with urgency to ensure low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are included in the co-creation process. AI solutions targeting LMICs must be locally driven and owned and relevant to each person’s needs.

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Local communities must have equitable access to AI tools and approaches. Local communities must be given the opportunity to provide their own perspective and cultural context so that they can decide on both

  • Their own thresholds for safe usage
  • The overall utility of AI within their own lives.

Additionally, responsible artificial intelligence use entails a safe, equitable, transparent, reliable, and beneficial process that is adhered to with a high level of accountability.

$100,000 Gates Foundation Grants for AI Solutions

Catalyzing Equitable Artificial Intelligence Use seeks innovative and safe approaches to the use of Large Language Models (ChatGPT-4, or other credible sources with equivalent capability) to build an evidence base across the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Divisions. The Gates Foundation is looking for projects that can be executed over a 3-month period and will achieve at least one of the following objectives:

  1. Demonstrate how the tool can be used to support decision making (in terms of speed, accuracy, inclusivity, quality) in the following domains.
    • Accelerate the pathway from evidence to policy development.
    • Accelerate the pathway from policy to implementation.
    • Enhance the quality and timeliness of focused communications.
    • Improve the quality of resource allocation exercises.
    • Decision support for front line workers.
  2. Achieve a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges related to ChatGPT-4, or other credible sources with equivalent capabilities, use in LMICs and how they can be effectively mitigated.
  3. Conduct observational research that highlights end-user specific applications of ChatGPT-4, or other credible sources with equivalent capabilities, amongst vulnerable populations in LMICs.

The Gates Foundation will be awarding grants  up to USD $100,000.00, for each project to be spent within 3 months. The BMGF budget for this Grand Challenge is up to $3,000,000.

Apply Now! Deadline is June 5, 2023

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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5 Comments to “Apply Now: $100,000 Gates Foundation Grants for Your Artificial Intelligence Ideas”

  1. Pearson Matthias Mashillini says:

    Yes I need this opportunity

  2. Hi. Thanks for the information, but it looks like it is only available to organizations in mid- to low-income countries. Someone from the US (for example) can only account for up to 20% of the budget, even if the purpose of the innovation is directed only to low income countries.

    • Wayan Vota says:

      Yes, that is a condition that Gates Foundation imposes on this funding round. They expect organizations from LMICs to be the main grant beneficiaries, with people from the US, Europe, and other wealthier places only serving as advisers versus leaders.

  3. Nelson Aseka says:

    HI Wayan,

    When do we expect to receive feedback on the submissions?