Amazon Climate Risk/Resilience Calls for Sustainability Proposals: Unlimited funds up to $80,000

Deadline: 16-Oct-2022

Amazon welcomes proposals related to climate risk/resilience, life cycle assessment, circular strategies, etc.

Amazon develops and tests strategies that support revenue growth while reducing negative environmental and social impact. Amazon works with the external scientific community to achieve Amazon’s mission goals. Amazon is accelerating the adoption of trusted, sustainable practices at Amazon by guiding critical decision makers with precise recommendations backed by scientific rigor. Amazon removes the ambiguity around sustainable choices and provides them with scientifically credible concepts, reports, data, and tools they can use to make informed decisions.

Amazon Sustainability strives to make Amazon the most environmentally and socially responsible place to buy or sell goods and services. Amazon conducts research to map, model, and measure the company’s end-to-end environmental and social impact and examine the sustainability topics that will have the greatest future impact on Amazon to inform business planning and resilience.

Amazon welcomes submissions related to the topics below:

  • Climate risk / resilience.
  • Life cycle assessment.
  • Social responsibility / labor rights / human rights.
  • Circular strategies.
  • Plastics.
  • Waste.
  • Water.
  • Machine learning for sustainability.

Selected Principal Investigators (PIs) may receive the following:

  • Unrestricted funds, no more than 80,000 USD on average.
  • Training resources, including AWS tutorials and hands-on sessions with Amazon scientists and engineers.
Expectations of recipients

To the extent deemed reasonable, winners must acknowledge support from Amazon Research Awards (ARA). Award winners will notify ARA of publications, presentations, code and data releases, blogs/social media posts, and other speaking engagements that reference the results of the supported research or the award. Awardees are required to provide updates and feedback to ARA through surveys or reports on the status of their research. Winners will have the opportunity to work with ARA on an information statement about the awarded project that can be used to generate visibility for their institutions and ARA.

Eligibility criteria
  • To be eligible for an ARA Program Award (“Award”), the Principal Investigator must be (1) either a full-time faculty member at an accredited academic institution or a tenured researcher at a non-governmental organization with recognized legal status in their respective country (equivalent to 501(c)(3) status under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code) and (2) having reached or exceeded the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of application. Each principal investigator is permitted to submit only one proposal to the ARA program per call for proposals period.
  • By submitting your proposal to the ARA program, you represent that your Principal Investigator:
    • is not a paid employee of a government entity (other than an accredited educational institution);
    • is not subject to United States export controls or sanctions;
    • has not been a director, officer, employee, intern, or contractor of Amazon or its affiliates in the 12 months prior to applying for the ARA program (“Non-Eligible Personnel”);
    • is not a member of the immediate family or household of Ineligible Personnel;
    • has not participated in or had any decision-making authority over cloud infrastructure purchases involving AWS or its affiliates; and
  • The ARA Program is void in Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, the Crimea region and where prohibited by law.
  • Amazon employees are not eligible to receive an award.

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Martin E. Berry