AWS is excited to announce the Amazon Climate Research Grant Program. In support of the US Government's Climate Action Plan and the White House Climate Data Initiative, Amazon Web Services is committing to award a total of 50 million core hours of supercomputing using Amazon EC2 Spot Instances with training and guidance from the AWS Scientific Computing team to apply to research on better understanding and mitigating climate change. Based on the projects, AWS will invite certain grant winners to present their research and findings at the AWS re:Invent conference in November.

In June 2013, the United States government released the White House Climate Action Plan, identifying a number of ways that the United States can cut carbon pollution while preparing for the impacts of climate change. Many of the initiatives in the plan require the large-scale analysis of climate data. The Amazon Climate Research Grant Program addresses this need by offering the scalable computing resources of the AWS Cloud to researchers so that they can quickly analyze climate data and increase our understanding of climate change.

Read the details of the Climate Action Plan

  • Description of the ability of the proposal to drive increased understanding of the scope and effects of climate change
  • Provide analysis that could suggest potential mitigating actions for the climate
  • Potential to increase the understanding of how to become more resilient to the effects of climate change
  • Potential to demonstrate initial results by November 1, 2014 and present at the AWS re:Invent Conference in Nov 2014
Event Date
Call for Proposals Open July 29, 2014
Call for Proposals Close Aug 29, 2014
Grants Reviewed Aug 29, 2014 - Early Sep 2014
Grants Awarded Early Sep 2014
Research Period Early Sep 2014 to Sep 2015
Initial results presented
Nov 10-14, 2014 AWS re:Invent Conference


See the Amazon Climate Research Grant Program FAQ


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In November 2013, AWS and NASA worked together to deliver the Open NASA Earth eXchange (NEX) program, which offers Earth-observing satellite imagery and National Climate Projection model outputs to global researchers as a freely available AWS Public Data Set. The accessibility of this data via the AWS Cloud, combined with NASA-developed AMIs and online workshops, provides the global climate community with the ability to interact with NASA’s climate data and software sets. The Amazon Climate Research Grant Program shows Amazon's commitment to climate change understanding by offering climate researchers the ability to build large-scale supercomputer systems for free with Amazon EC2 Spot Instances.


Find out more how you can leverage Spot Pricing for Scientific Computing.

Spot Instances enable you to bid for unused Amazon EC2 capacity. Instances are charged the Spot Price, which is set by Amazon EC2 and fluctuates periodically depending on the supply of and demand for Spot Instance capacity. To use Spot Instances, you place a Spot Instance request, specifying the instance type, the Region desired, the number of Spot Instances you want to run, and the maximum price you are willing to pay per instance hour. To determine how that maximum price compares to past Spot Prices, the Spot Price history is available via the Amazon EC2 API and the AWS Management Console. If your maximum price bid exceeds the current Spot Price, your request is fulfilled and your instances will run until either you choose to terminate them or the Spot Price increases above your maximum price (whichever is sooner).  

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