Past Funding Opportunities

16 June 2021 – 27 July 2021

Expressions of Interest: Machine Learning Datasets for Better Healthcare Outcome

This EOI is now closed.

Expressions of Interest: Machine Learning Datasets for Better Healthcare Outcome

The Lacuna Fund Secretariat has extended the due date for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to its call for proposals to unlock, create, aggregate, and/or improve labeled datasets that can support more equitable healthcare outcomes. EOIs are now due 27 July 2021 by end of day (6:00 pm) US Pacific Time.

Additionally, we have modified the question-and-answer period to provide extra time for additional questions related to the EOI. Please submit any additional questions by 16 July (end of day). Responses to those questions will be provided on 20 July (end of day). All questions related to the EOI should be submitted to secretariat@lacunafund.org with “Equity & Health 2021 Question” in the subject line.

Applications for open funding opportunities are only accepted through the applicant portal. The portal requires you to create an account to access and manage your application. More information on how to create an account and access the portal can be found on SurveyMonkey Apply’s website.

Lacuna Fund seeks Expressions of Interest (EOI) from organizations interested in responding to a call for proposals to unlock, create, aggregate, and/or improve labeled datasets that can support more equitable healthcare outcomes.

A full copy of the EOI solicitation, including more details on potential areas of funding, eligibility, and selection criteria, is here.  

20 July – the Updated Question & Answer file is available here.

Applications are accepted through the application portal here.

Timeline:

  • RFP Posted Publicly on Lacuna Fund Website: 16 June 2021
  • Question and Answer Deadline: 16 July 2021
  • Answers Posted: 7 July 2021 and 20 July 2021
  • Applications Due: 27 July 2021 (6pm PT / 2am WAT / 4am EAT)

Question and Answer Period: All questions related to the EOI should be submitted to secretariat@lacunafund.org with “Equity & Health 2021 Question” in the subject line. Additional questions submitted by 16 July will be de-identified and answered publicly by 20 July on the Lacuna Fund website in a document posted here.

13 July 2020 – 3 September 2020

Labeled Datasets for Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

This RFP is now closed.

This request for proposals will fund labeled agricultural datasets for machine learning in sub-Saharan Africa, whether referenced to earth observation (EO) data or related to other aspects of the crop and animal agricultural system.

A full copy of the RFP, including more details on potential areas of funding, eligibility, and selection criteria, is here.

See a budget template for reference here.

Applications are accepted through the application portal here.

Timeline:

  • RFP Posted Publicly on Lacuna Fund Website: 13 July 2020
  • Question and Answer Deadline: 27 July 2020
  • Answers Posted: 3 August 2020
  • Applications Due: 3 September 2020

Question and Answer Period: All questions related to the RFP should be submitted to secretariat@lacunafund.org with “Agriculture RFP 2020 Question” in the subject line. Questions submitted by 27 July will be de-identified and answered publicly by 3 August on the Lacuna Fund website in a document posted here.

(August 3, 2020) Please see the Q&A here.

Note that this Q&A was updated on August 26, 2020 to indicate that letters of support from collaborating institutions will not be required at the proposal stage, but will be required in the due diligence stage for accepted proposals.

Additional resources from the AI4D Webinar on Lacuna Fund on 31 July:

Please note that for this request for proposals, applicants should:

  • Be an organization headquartered in Africa or have a substantial partnership with organization(s) headquartered in Africa.
23 September 2020 - 10 November 2020

Datasets for Language in Sub-Saharan Africa

This RFP is now closed.

Datasets for Language in Sub-Saharan Africa

If an RFP below does not match your substantive focus, please join our mailing list at the bottom of this page to receive updates as new RFPs are released.

Applications for open RFPs are only accepted through the applicant portal. The portal requires you to create an account to access and manage your application. More information on how to create an account and access the portal can be found on SurveyMonkey Apply’s website.

This request for proposals will fund language datasets for machine learning in sub-Saharan Africa.

A full copy of the RFP, including more details on potential areas of funding, eligibility, and selection criteria, is here

See the budget template for reference here.  Sample budget coming soon.

Applications are accepted through the application portal here.

Timeline:

  • RFP Posted Publicly on Lacuna Fund Website: 23 September 2020
  • Webinar: 2 October 2020
  • Question and Answer Deadline: 7 October 2020
  • Answers Posted: 14 October 2020
  • Applications Due: 10 November 2020 (Noon ET / 5pm WAT / 8pm EAT)

Question and Answer Period: All questions related to the RFP should be submitted to secretariat@lacunafund.org with “Language RFP 2020 Question” in the subject line. Questions submitted by 7 October will be de-identified and answered publicly by 14 October on the Lacuna Fund website in a document posted here.

(October 14, 2020) Please see the Q&A here.

Additional resources from the Data Science for Society – Lacuna Fund NLP RFP  Webinar on 2 October:

Please note that for this request for proposals, applicants should:

Be an organization headquartered in Africa or have a substantial partnership with organization(s) headquartered in Africa.