University of Southern California


2021 Amazon Web Services (AWS) Imagine Grant

Slots:                                                     1. Organizations may submit an application for only one of the following two award categories.

Internal Deadline:                             Friday, June 4, 2021, noon PT

First Round Due Date:                     June 30, 2021, 11:59pm EST

Second Round Deadline:                Organizations will receive notification via email of their status and if they are selected to advance to Round Two by July 31, 2021.

Award Type:                                       Grant

Anticipated Amount:                      Varies depending on request and award type. See the PDF on this link for more information.

Process for Limited Submissions: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: PIs must create their own SurveyMonkey account in order to proceed with submission.

Materials to submit include:

(1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.

(2) CV – (5 pages maximum)

Note: The portal requires information about the PIs and Co-PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.

Link to Award: 

Who May Serve as PI:                   We are seeking proposals from nonprofit organizations for pilot projects, proofs of concept, and/or new or existing programs that utilize cloud technology. The AWS Imagine Grant is currently limited to U.S. nonprofit organizations with active 501(c) IRS status. Each organization must determine during Round One which award category best fits their proposed project. We recommend working closely you’re your organization’s IT team to develop your project ideas and complete the required technical elements of the application.

Purpose:                                              The 2021 AWS Imagine Grant program has expanded to award funding to nonprofit organizations with cloud technology projects that fit within two distinct award categories, detailed below. Organizations may submit an application for only one of the following award categories: Momentum to Modernize or Go Further, Faster.

Momentum to Modernize awards may fund the following types of projects: · Application modernization · Database migration · Data warehouse projects · Systems migrations · Innovation around internal productivity tools and systems

Go Further, Faster awards may fund the following types of projects: Initiatives that use artificial intelligence or machine learning tools on AWS (AWS AI Services, Amazon SageMaker, Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth, Amazon SageMaker Neo, and Amazon Augmented AI) · Projects leveraging High Performance Computing (HPC) such for mission areas such as genomics, conservation, health research, weather prediction, seismic imaging, and other emerging applications · Data lake and big data projects · Organizations seeking to create an industry- or sector-wide solution or resource (e.g., American Heart Association Precision Medicine Platform) · Internet of Things (IoT) development and deployment

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.