International Awards on Excellent Research in Artificial Intelligence and Sustainable Development

IRCAI is launching its Research Awards for Impact of AI on Sustainable Development as an international competition focused on AI and sustainability solutions that honors outstanding business and research contributions to the UN’s SDGs and Global Goals.

We aim to showcase and advance the state-of-the art in some of the most challenging and exciting problems in Development with Artificial Intelligence, not only in the Global south but the Global North as well.

Together IRCAI and UNESCO have an outreach of over 193 countries around the world and a network potentially reaching hundreds of AI researchers across continents.

Awards are structured as unrestricted gifts to the principal investigator or her/his academic institution or organization and as such, IRCAI retains no intellectual property rights to the resulting work. The award is not a financial gift, but a stamp of approval for the achieved results.

Recipients are encouraged to publish outcomes and commit related code to open-source repositories and can receive consultation and advice along with opportunities to participate in research events and training sessions.

The IRCAI Research Award wants to empower those research thinkers across themes combining AI and SDGs that otherwise could not reach a meaningful impact or have a voice.

The award is aimed at companies and researchers taking SDG pointing at AI and global SDG solutions.

The award celebrates the best corporate responsibility and sustainability initiatives and programs, business models using AI services and excellent research from around the world.

The Expert Panel of Judges will be formed by domain and AI experts and will evaluate submissions to find the most inspiring examples of AI solutions focused on solving development challenges.

Stakeholders from six UNESCO world regions including Africa, Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, will be invited to submit applications.


International Research Centre
on Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI)
under the auspices of UNESCO 

Jožef Stefan Institute
Jamova cesta 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana


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