Azure for Research Award: Climate Data Initiative

Azure for Research Award: Climate Data Initiative


Climate Data Initiative

In 2014, President Obama announced a Climate Action Plan with a series of executive actions to predict, prepare for, and address the impacts of global climate change. This plan is an outcome of the June 25, 2013, announcement by President Obama of his comprehensive plans to reduce carbon pollution and move our economy toward American-made clean energy and slowing the effects of climate change. One of the commitments from the President’s Climate Action Plan launched the Climate Data Initiative, an ambitious new effort that will help give communities across the United States the information and tools they need to plan for current and future climate impacts.

Climate Data Award

The special Climate Data Award program provides scientists and decision-makers with access to Microsoft Azure cloud computing resources to support the White House Climate Data Initiative’s goals of preparedness for resilience to climate change impacts.

We want to hear about your climate data projects using the cloud that can help transform the way we inform and prepare communities, businesses, and citizens. The Microsoft Azure for Research program will grant 12 months of free Microsoft Azure cloud computing resources with up to 180,000 hours of cloud computing time and 20 terabytes of cloud storage to be used for the project.

Application instructions

Researchers can apply for this award by providing a simple proposal that states the project’s intent and an outline for how your project will use the cloud computing resources. Please note the following application requirements:

  • Length: Your proposal should be no longer than three pages.
  • Title: Your proposal title must begin with “Data Science” to ensure that your proposal is considered for this award.
  • Submission: Submit your proposal via the online application form.
  • Deadlines: Proposals can be submitted throughout the calendar year and are due on the fifteenth of even-numbered months. Proposals are reviewed and award recipients are notified within four to eight weeks.
  • FAQ: For more details about how to produce a good proposal, see our FAQ.


Climate Data Initiative tools

Microsoft Research uses Microsoft Azure extensively to build projects that are highly relevant to the Climate Data Initiative. These include:

  • FetchClimate: A climate data-retrieval service provides past and present observations and future extrapolations.
  • Node Atlas: This cloud-based service facilitates ease of data entry and enables a new form of geospatial data exploration. Users can select and perform visual queries by drawing multiple overlapping polygons, lines, and points on a map interface. Search results are then retained both as answers and as the basis for new questions.

Azure in action

Learn how researchers around the world are using the power of Microsoft Azure for data-driven computing in the cloud: