AI for Accessibility amplifies human capability through grants, investments of technology and expertise. 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. Download the programme factsheet (PDF)

Programme details Tools FAQ

What challenges does the programme focus on?

There is a world of opportunities when it comes to accessible and inclusive technology for people with disabilities, and Microsoft is beginning this programme by focusing on three main challenges in the AI for Accessibility program: Employment, Daily life, and Communication and connection.

The AI for Accessibility programme awards grants in areas that are vital for building a sustainable future:

  • Employment: The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is more than double that of people without. We see opportunities in using AI to help people develop more advanced skills in the workplace and evolve the culture around inclusive hiring.
  • Daily life: We see great opportunities in building modern solutions for people with disabilities by making software and devices smarter and more contextually relevant.
  • Communication and connection: Communication is fundamental to providing equal access to information and opportunities. A lack of options excludes some from employment and society. Technology can create new possibilities regardless of how a person listens, speaks or writes.

What types of grants do you offer?

Currently AI for Accessibility provides the following types of one-year grants:

  • Azure compute credits: This is the fast track to get you up and running on Azure AI Service with grants of Azure compute credits worth $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 (depending on your project scope and needs).
  • Azure compute credits Plus: In addition to Azure compute credits, these grants cover costs related to collecting or labelling data, developing models or other engineering-related work. Applications are evaluated on their scientific merit, innovative use of AI technology and potential for scalability.

Our community of AI for Accessibility grantees receive Azure developer support, resources and opportunities to collaborate and showcase their work.

How do I apply for a grant?


Submit your proposal via the online application form.


This is an ongoing program, with proposals evaluated a few times a year. Our evaluation will be for all proposals submitted by 11:59 Pacific Time, on 13 March 2020, 30 July 2020, and 15 December 2020. Apply now via the online application form.

Qualified applicants

We are open to everybody who has a great idea. AI for Accessibility is a call to action for developers, NGOs, academics, researchers and inventors to accelerate their work for people with disabilities. From a tinkerer in a basement to an established corporation, from students to professionals. This is a global programme; grant applications from all countries in the world are eligible.

If you are worried about not meeting all requirements, please connect to someone in your community who can support you and partner on an application.

Project proposal

The most important part of each application is a project proposal that describes the accessibility challenge addressed, the technical solution proposed and its potential impact on people with disabilities. Please follow the application form and be as specific as possible. Your proposal should be written in English.