Google AI Impact Challenge Competition

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Paulina Karwowska-Desaulniers ( ASAP.

INTRODUCTION has issued an open call to organizations around the world to submit their ideas for how they could use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help address social and environmental challenges. Selected organizations will receive support from Google’s AI experts, grant funding from a $25M pool, and credit and consulting from Google Cloud. Additional details on the Google AI competition and program can be found here.

VALUE Grants may range from $500,000 to $2 million USD, but will ultimately be sized based on project needs.

DURATION Up to 3 years


Impact: How will the proposed project address a societal challenge, and to what extent? Is the application grounded in research and data about the problem and the solution? Is there a clear plan to deploy the AI model for real-world impact, and what are the expected outcomes?

Feasibility: Does the team have a well-­developed, realistic plan to execute on the proposal? Does the team have a plan to access a meaningful dataset and technical expertise to apply AI to the problem? Have they identified the right partners and domain experts needed for implementation?

Use of AI: Does the proposal apply AI technology to tackle the issue it seeks to address?

Scalability: If successful, how can this project scale beyond the initial proposal? Can it scale directly, serve as a model for other efforts, or advance the field?

Responsibility: Does the proposed use of artificial intelligence align with Google’s AI Principles? See Google’s Responsible AI Practices for practical guidance.


Applicants must notify their Faculty and the Office of Research Services (by email, to and as soon as possible about their intention to apply. Doing so will ensure that researchers receive adequate support in application preparation.

Note that each researcher may submit one proposal to the competition.

An internal Notice of Intent (iNOI) is required, and will be reviewed by the Strategic Project and Opportunities Review Team (SPORT). Feedback will then be provided to applicants to ensure that only the most competitive applications are advanced to Google.  The iNOI components include:

1.       York Google AI iNOI Form - 2018 Competition v2.pdf

2.       Google AI Competition Application Form 2018.docx

The iNOI form needs to be signed by the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies. Therefore, the iNOI form and the Application form must be emailed to Paulina Karwowska-Desaulniers, Director, Research Priorities and Partnerships ( by noon on November 23, 2018.

The iNOI must be emailed to Maheen Hasan, Strategic and Institutional Research Specialist  ( by noon on November 26, 2018.





November 23, 2018

iNOI Submission to Lassonde

November 26, 2018

iNOI Submission Deadline

Mid-December 2018

SPORT Feedback

January 7, 2019

ORS Deadline for Draft of Completed Application

January 18, 2019

ORS Deadline for Completed Application

January 22, 2019

Google Deadline for Completed Application

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact:

Maheen Hasan, Strategic and Institutional Research Specialist, Office of Research Services,, extension 44200.

All applications for external research funding must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency. The application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Application Checklist.