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    October 22, 2018
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Regional Grant Competitiorn Aerial Data lmagery The Research Mission is to prove the economic viability for and facilitate commercial technology transfer of aeri Al/ML to advance the transfom of agriculture, renewal energy public utilities and/or public safety in the Red River Valley. A successful applicant will submit a proposal to complete 2-3 aerial imaging related Al/ML proof of concept field tests that can be conducted in 2019 and 2020. Each feld test will specify a problem to solve" for the related field in the region and have a clear plan to complete an at-scale proof- of-concept of a technologically sound and economically feasible path to solve the problem. Grant recipient must show the ability to operate an owned or leased fleet of small-engine aircraft, including arrangements for required pilots al imaging solutions that leverage ation . Grant recipient will agree to build its technology solution using Microsoft Azure and Azure AVMLNOT solution stacks Grant Submission: Applicant shall provide a written proposal outlining the team, budget, timeline and proposed architecture for conducting 2-3 proof-of-concept tests between January 2019 and December 2020. The proposal shall include the key terms of the technology transfer agreement that will allow for commercialization of the offering viability assessments for each of the current assumptions about the Grant Recipient Criteria: A successul The proposal shall also include initial applicant must be a Red River Valley-based university or nonproft 2-3 proof-of-concepts, summarizing capable of advancing the Research Mission. The applicant must include feasibility of each proof-of-concept as as a part of its grant team a new o existing company headquartered in the Red River Valley who will be significantly involved in the development of the proof-of concepts. Additional criteria include well as whether there is clear evidence of demand for the commercialization of the proof-of-concept by a target customer Grant Structure: Microsoft will make the following grant funding available to the successful applicant: .$100,000 in cash grants upon initial Grant recipient must commit a team with suitable expertise in aerial image collection, processing, aard of the grant to be used to and Al/ML-based analysis Grant recipient must agree to work directly with a local company who is committed to commercializin the IP created as a result of the research . test the initial viability for and plarn for development of the proof- . For questions and to submit an application, email . Grant recipient shall enter no later a suitable technology transfer agreement with its commercial partner that allows that commercial partner to make use and sell products and services derived from the grant-funded intellectual property than November 2, 2018. Applications must contain the above outline of criteria and proposal. Microsoft