Dataminr’s AI for Good program aims to support social good organizations that have a compelling use case for cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) technology. This application-based, technical grant provides select organizations with tailored AI solutions to drive transformational impact for people and the planet. 

Call for Proposals

Artificial intelligence can help to identify trends and patterns in data, automate manual tasks, increase efficiency, and allocate resources effectively. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to engage in an in-depth, six to twelve month AI for Good collaboration during which our team of AI researchers will turn your proposed idea into a functional AI solution.

If you had support from Dataminr’s team of AI researchers to leverage text, image, video, audio, or sensor data, what would you want to do? 

Previous AI for Good Projects

In 2022, Dataminr worked with United Nations Human Rights to develop an AI model to improve detection and classification of attacks on human rights defenders. Before working with Dataminr, UN Human Rights relied on painstaking, manual efforts to gather the necessary data to create accurate reports on such attacks. Leveraging the AI model to automate the process, UN Human Rights has improved detection of attacks by over 100-fold, shining a stronger light on the issue and, hopefully, creating a safer space for human rights advocacy. Since 2022, UN Human Rights has gone on to apply the approach learned via the collaboration to other human rights issues.

In 2023, after a competitive application process, Dataminr selected three new AI for Good projects with partners Insecurity Insight, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ushahidi. These projects are currently in development and include expanding the application of real-time event detection to new humanitarian contexts such as attacks on food systems and climate-related conflict. Through this process, Dataminr researchers have developed novel approaches to address common constraints in the social good sector: limited time and resources, and diverse language contexts. Once implemented, these projects will help our partners to scale their programs, focus their time and energy on higher-order tasks, and respond to crises more quickly.

Industry-Leading AI Expertise

Dataminr’s advanced AI platform performs trillions of daily computations across billions of public data inputs from one million unique public data sources. The sheer volume of this data can seem overwhelming, which is where our AI comes in. We bring more than a decade of industry-leading AI expertise to support these AI for Good projects, particularly in drawing insights from a wide variety of sources including text, audio, video, image, and sensor data.  

About Dataminr

Dataminr has created a revolutionary real-time AI platform for detecting events, risks and critical information from public data signals. Recognized as one of the world’s leading AI companies, Dataminr enables faster real-time response and more effective risk management for public and private sector organizations including multinational corporations, governments, NGOs, and newsrooms. Dataminr’s First Alert product serves the defense, federal, state and local and NGO markets in both the U.S and across the globe, including the United Nations, which relies on First Alert in over 100 countries. Most recently valued at $4.1B, Dataminr is one of New York’s top private technology companies with approximately 800 employees across seven global offices.

Our Social Good Efforts

At Dataminr, we are committed to leveraging the power of AI and real-time information as a force for good. Dataminr’s Social Good team supports leading organizations including the United Nations, Direct Relief and the World Wildlife Fund, delivering real-time alerts via our AI platform so they can know first, act faster and better serve the world’s most vulnerable. 

Our Social Innovation Lab partners closely with nonprofits to identify critical challenges and develop innovative AI and alerting solutions with game-changing, positive impact on people and our planet. Together, our Social Good programs help partners save and improve lives, and influence policy for a safer, more equitable and sustainable future.

Our AI Platform

Dataminr has created a revolutionary real-time AI platform for discovering events, risks and threats in public data. The company’s world-leading AI platform performs trillions of daily computations across billions of public data inputs from nearly one million unique public data sources.

Dataminr is known for pioneering multi-modal fusion AI, which synthesizes text in 150 languages, images, video, sound and machine-generated senor data. In recent years, Dataminr has integrated Generative AI for real-time event description and launched ReGenAI (Regenerative AI), a breakthrough form of Generative AI that automatically regenerates in real time as events unfold. Dataminr’s AI platform is powered by more than 50 proprietary LLMs and multi-modal foundation models, trained on Dataminr’s 12+ year proprietary event archive.

The company has been recognized for its groundbreaking AI platform by CRN AI 100, Forbes AI 50 and was named to the Forbes Cloud 100 for six consecutive years.

How to Apply

Important Dates

  • Friday, June 28: Applications due by 5:00 pm EDT
  • July – August: Preliminary scoping calls with Dataminr AI researchers. Semi-finalists will meet with a group of Dataminr experts for an hour-long scoping session.
  • Friday, August 30:  Selected partners notified. 

Project Engagement Timeline

  • Kick-Off Call. Meet the Dataminr research team working on your project and learn more about what to expect at each phase of the collaboration. (1 hour meeting)
  • Project Scoping (~3 months). Work closely with the research team to define concrete objectives and parameters for your project, taking into account technical feasibility and data availability. (Estimated cadence: 30 minutes every two weeks)
  • Project Development (3 to 9 months). The research team develops prototypes, tests models, and iterates to improve results. Provide feedback to the research team during regular calls, and support annotation processes (if necessary). (Estimated cadence: 45 minutes every 2 – 4 weeks)
  • Project Handover. The research team shares the agreed-upon deliverables and provides assistance to implement the solution. 
  • Impact and Storytelling. Meet with the Dataminr team to share how the project is delivering on your goals and collaborate on an impact story. (Estimated cadence: 30 minutes every two months for six months following the handover.)


Qualified multilateral and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Social Impact. Projects should demonstrate a clear, positive impact on people and/or the planet. A successful application will outline how the final project output will be used and how its impact will be measured.
  1. Technical Feasibility. Feasibility will be determined based on data availability, time required, and alignment with Dataminr core AI capabilities—drawing insights from text, audio, image, video, and sensor data.  Data availability means ownership and/or lawful access to the included data sources. 
  1. Partner Commitment. AI for Good projects require partner organizations to be motivated, dedicated, and fully engaged in the process. This will include assigning a designated point of contact to engage in regular calls throughout the project lifecycle, signing a master of services agreement (MSA), and committing to sharing the impact of this project.


Please direct questions to the Dataminr Social Innovation Lab at [email protected].

April 29, 2024
  • Announcement
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