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Microsoft: COVID-19 Grant and Open Research Dataset

Microsoft are offering grants to support COVID-19 research, access to the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset and access to Azure Datasets including free storage and curation.

AI For Health COVID-19 Grants

Given the urgency of the COVID-19 crisis, Microsoft are accepting requests in the AI for Health program for COVID-19 grant proposals from non-profits, academia and governments. This is a focused effort for COVID-19 grant requests only. Microsoft will accept grants until Monday, 15 June 2020 or until further notice.

This grant program provides Azure cloud and High-Performance Computing capabilities. Microsoft’s team of AI for Health data science experts are also open to collaborations with COVID-19 researchers as they tackle this critical challenge. You can apply directly on the Microsoft AI website.

COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19)

In addition, in the Allen Institute for AI has partnered with leading research groups to prepare and distribute the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19), a free resource of over 47,000 scholarly articles, including over 36,000 with full text, about COVID-19 and the coronavirus family of viruses for use by the global research community.

This dataset is intended to mobilize researchers to apply recent advances in natural language processing to generate new insights in support of the fight against this infectious disease. The COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) is stored and curated on Microsoft Azure Open Datasets which are curated public datasets that you can use to add scenario-specific features to machine learning solutions for more accurate models.

Open Datasets are in the cloud on Microsoft Azure and are integrated into Azure Machine Learning and readily available to Azure Databricks and Machine Learning Studio (classic). You can also access the datasets through APIs and use them in other products, such as Power BI and Azure Data Factory.

Datasets include public-domain data for weather, census, holidays, public safety, and location that help you train machine learning models and enrich predictive solutions. You can also share your public datasets on Azure Open Datasets.

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