Research Grants Application

Application Period Opens: 24 November 2014

Online Pre-Applications Deadline: 14 December 2014 11:59 P.M. EDT

Online Regular Applications Deadline: 20 December 2014 11:59 P.M. EDT

Amazon Web Services Booth 2024: 15 December 2014 – 19 December 2014

Recipients Announced: Throughout and following the Fall Meeting


Amazon Web Services (AWS) and AGU are excited to announce a special Live Granting of Amazon Web Service’s research grants at the 2014 Fall Meeting.

Amazon Web Services research grants provide the recipients with credits to use the Amazon cloud computing resources that allows scientists to focus on science, not the undifferentiated heavy lifting of building and maintaining compute infrastructure.  Look here to see what some other Research, Education, and Government Agencies have accomplished with AWS.

All Pre-Applications will be evaluated for grants to be awarded during the Fall Meeting.  Regular Applications will be accepted and evaluated throughout the Fall Meeting with awardees informed during, and following, the Fall Meeting.  All applications should be submitted online through the portal at the bottom of this page.  Amazon Web Services representatives will be present throughout the Fall Meeting (booth 2024) to discuss your application and any additional computing opportunities you may have.


  • Grant applications will be accepted for any discipline in the Earth and space sciences and can be for any range of projects from analysis of large datasets and computationally intensive modeling to tool development intended for sharing with others.
  • Grant applications should be for new work for which cloud computing resources can be used within the next 24 months.
  • Grant applications will be accepted from Fall Meeting physical and virtual attendees.
  • Academic researchers who already have been awarded an AWS grant may apply for new research support under this program, with a maximum of two AWS grant awards in one calendar year.

 Evaluation Criteria:

The Amazon Web Services Research Grants Program is intended for novel scientific research, proof-of-concept pilot studies, and community-accessible tool development.  It is not intended to support operational projects.


Grant applications should include a description of the problem/work as well as the expected outcomes (4000 characters maximum).

 Additional Information:

  • Applicants are requested, but not required, to select ‘AGU’ from the Area of Study options on the application page in order to help AWS and AGU evaluate and improve the Live Granting Program in the future.
  • Applicants are requested to put a header in their ‘Description of Research Project’  that includes your AGU Section/Focus Group and if you are a ‘Physical’ or ‘Virtual’ Fall Meeting attendee (e.g. ‘SPM – Physical Attendee’).
  • Amazon Web Service research grant recipients will receive credits that are applied directly to an AWS account.
  • Recipients will be sent information directly from Amazon Web Services regarding the amount and length of time their granted credits will be active for.


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