Mozilla Technology Fund seeks to fund open source projects at the intersection of environmental justice and AI which are making a positive impact in ecosystems and human communities.
Mozilla is interested in convening technical projects that have a firm grounding in environmental and climate justice, sustainability, and ecology. We understand that the effects of climate change will be felt disproportionately by the global south, especially people of color, indigenous and traditional peoples, local communities, and specific ethnic-racial groups. We are particularly interested in projects which can address the health, economic and social impacts of climate change on these groups (e.g. the Most Affected People and Areas (MAPA)) and which are built by these groups or in close partnership with affected communities.
Some categories of projects we are interested in funding during this round:
- Projects which expose or mitigate the climate impacts of AI systems:
- Projects which utilize AI to conduct environmental impact assessments:
- Projects that prototype Grassroots AI systems for ecological management: .
- Projects which combat climate disinformation:
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AI and Environmental Justice
Aim and Benefits of AI and Environmental Justice
- Awardees will be expected to join monthly cohort calls for the duration of their project (12 months, beginning in January 2023) in order to share their progress, ask questions, and offer peer support to other project teams.
- Awardees will also have access to Mozilla Fellows with relevant subject matter expertise, who will serve as mentors to members of the MTF cohort.
- All MTF awardees past and present will have access to the MTF Slack/Discord Community for asynchronous discussion and updates.
Requirements for AI and Environmental Justice Qualification
All applicants should:
- Have a product or working prototype in hand (we will also consider projects at the idea stage if the project team can demonstrate a track record of success in launching and building community around similar projects in the past)
- Already have a core team in place to support the development of the project (this team might include software developers working in close collaboration with ecologists, AI researchers, designers, product/project managers, and subject matter experts)
- Embrace openness, transparency, and community stewardship as methodology
- Make their work available under an open-source license
Applicants must meet the following requirements
- Be legally able to receive funds in the form of a grant from the Mozilla Foundation (a U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit organization)
- Be working towards solving a public interest problem or issue related to the focus of this Call for Proposals
- Meet the criteria outlined in the ‘What are we looking for?' section above
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Application DeadlineOctober 5, 2023
How to Apply
Interested and qualified? Go to Mozilla Foundation on mozilla.fluxx.io
Applications will be accepted for a period of four weeks and will then be reviewed by a committee of experts, which will make final funding decisions and allocate awards out of a total pool of $300,000.
Applicants can expect to hear back within six weeks of submitting an application; Please email [email protected] with any questions.
For more details, visit Mozilla Foundationwebsite.