Microsoft Azure Award for Ebola Research

Free Microsoft Azure cloud computing resources available

According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2014 Ebola epidemic is now affecting multiple countries in West Africa. One imported case from Liberia and associated locally acquired cases in healthcare workers have been reported in the United States (see Ebola Crisis). The President of the United States has stated that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and the humanitarian crisis there is a top national security priority for the United States (see Fact Sheet: U.S. Response to Ebola).

Request for proposals

Microsoft Research is soliciting cloud computing proposals for projects that are working towards developing a better understanding of the spread and cure of the Ebola virus and its associated factors. Qualifying proposals will be awarded allocations of Microsoft Azure compute and storage resources.

Application instructions

Researchers can apply for the Microsoft Azure Award for Ebola Research cloud computing resources by providing a simple proposal that states the project’s intent and an outline for how your project will use the resources. Please note the following application requirements:

  • Length: Your proposal should be no longer than three pages.
  • Title: Your proposal title must include the word “Ebola” to ensure that your proposal is considered for this award.
  • Submission: Use the online application form  to submit your proposal.
  • Deadline: This is an open call for proposals with ongoing reviews.
    • The request for proposals will remain open until further notice.

Find answers to questions about submitting proposals in our proposal process FAQ.

Program eligibility

To qualify for our awards program, applicants must be affiliated with an academic institution. In addition to individual investigator projects, we are interested in projects that will support access to services and data of value to researchers and healthcare workers focused on the Ebola crisis.