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Regional Grant Competition Aerial Data lmagery The Research Mission is to prove the Grant recipient must show the . economic viability for and facilitate ability to operate an owned or commercial technology transfer of leased fleet of small-engine al imaging solutions that leverage aircraft, including arrangements Al/ML to advance the transfoma tion for required pilots . Grant recipient will agree to of agriculture, renewal energy. public utilities and/or public safety build its technology solution in the Red River Valley. A successful using Microsoft Azure and Azure 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 de a written proposal outlining 2020. Each feld test will specify a problem to solve" for the related field in the region and have a clea 2-3 proof-of-concept tests between plan to complete an at-scale proo uary 2019 and December 2020. of-concept of a technologically sound The proposal shall include the key and economically feasible path to solve the problem. AVMLNOT solution stacks Grant Submission: Applicant shall the team, budget, timeline and proposed architecture for c terms of the technology transfer agreement that will allow for commercialization of the offering Grant Recipient Criteria: A successful 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 current assumptions about the Mission. The applicant must include easibility of each proof-of-concept as as a part of its grant team a new or well as whether there is clear evidence existing company headquartered in the Red River Valley who will be signifcantly inwolved in the development of the proof-of concepts. Additional criteria include Grant Structure: Microsoft will make viability assessments for each of the of demand for the commercialization of the proof-of-concept by a target customer 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 and Al/ML-based analysis award of the grant to be used to test the initial viability for and plan development of the proof . Grant recipient must agree to work directly with a local company who is committed to commercializing the IP created as a result of the research of-concepts. For questions and to submit an application, email techspark@@microsoft.com no later than November 2, 2018. Applications must contain the above outline of criteria and proposal. . Grant recipient shall enter 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 Microsoft