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Submit a Climate Change or Environmental Proposal


Are you a scientist studying climate change or ways to mitigate or adapt to its impacts?

IBM invites you to apply for free crowdsourced supercomputing power, weather data and cloud storage to support your climate or environmental research project.

Up to five winning research teams will be announced beginning Fall 2017.  

In return for this support, worth up to $40 million, we ask you to support open science by publicly releasing the research data from your collaboration with IBM, enabling the global community to benefit from and build upon your findings.

IBM has been a leader in addressing climate change through our energy conservation and climate protection programs for decades. We're proud to expand our support for vital climate change research through this initiative.

You study our planet's vital signs. Let us supercharge your research!


IBM Resources, For Free

Crowdsourced computing power

Scientists can receive free, 24/7 access to up to 150,000 years of computing power though World Community Grid, an award-winning IBM Citizenship initiative that enables anyone with a computer or Android device to support scientific research by carrying out computational research tasks on their devices. This allows researchers to conduct large-scale investigations, often magnitudes larger than they would have otherwise been able to conduct.

Established in 2004, the initiative has enabled a number of breakthrough discoveries and has supported environmental research by helping scientists discover new materials for efficient solar energy, study the impact of management policies on large watershed areas and uncover more efficient ways to filter water. World Community Grid's impact has been recognized by the White House Climate Data Initiative in 2014, the White House Materials Genome Initiative in 2013, and a Webby Award in 2016.


          "World Community Grid enabled us to find
            new possibilities for solar cells on a
            timescale that matters to humanity--in other
            words, in a few years instead of decades."

                                          Dr. Alan Aspuru-Guzik
                                          Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
                                          Harvard University


Weather data

The historical and real-time weather data of The Weather Company, an IBM business, can help advance our understanding of environmental systems and support the design of solutions to prevent, mitigate against and adapt to climate change. These weather data can support many potential areas of inquiry, such as understanding impacts on watersheds and fresh water resource, tracking and predicting (human or animal) migration patterns based on changing weather conditions, analyzing weather that affects propagation of pollution and hampers clean-up efforts, developing models to analyze and improve crop or livestock resilience and yields in regions with extreme weather conditions, and more. 

Cloud storage

If you work on environmental research initiatives with very large data sets, IBM Cloud storage for your IBM-supported project could give you a scalable platform to store and analyze the results of your virtual experiments on World Community Grid and conduct further investigations. If you are awarded a grant, we will work with you to scope a free contribution of IBM Cloud storage aligned with your research efforts.


What's your big idea?


Frequently Asked Questions

What is World Community Grid?
How does World Community Grid work?
What climate and environmental research has World Community Grid supported to date?
What kind of computing power is being made available with the grant?
How is the computing power being made available by World Community Grid different from a supercomputer?
What weather data is being made available to grant recipients?
What cloud storage capabilities are being made available to grantees?
Who is eligible to receive resources from World Community Grid, The Weather Company, and IBM Cloud?
What are the criteria for successful proposals?
How are you evaluating applications?
What commitment do scientists make in return?
What research software tools have already been used on World Community Grid?
How do I apply?
When will I find out if my project is selected?

We will notify up to 5 winning research teams beginning Fall 2017.