CGIAR 2019 Inspire Challenge


The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture serves to provide leadership in organizing open data, convening partners, and demonstrating the power of big data analytics through inspiring projects.

CGIAR is challenging partners, universities, and others to use CGIAR data to create innovative pilot projects that will scale. They are looking for novel approaches that democratize data-driven insights to inform local, national, regional, and global policies and applications in agriculture and food security in real time; helping people–especially smallholder farmers and producers–to lead happier and healthier lives.

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 we 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 our data, they must include a CGIAR center and be embedded within a CGIAR Research Program, and include a non-CGIAR entity of any type.

How to apply

Inspire Challenge proposals must be a collaboration between a person or team internal to the CGIAR and an external partner, using this simple partnership matching form.

Once you submit 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 2019 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 by clicking here.

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Deadline for applications is: 17 June 2019