Application Process

The DigitalGlobe Foundation provides free satellite imagery grants to support research projects at the university-level academic institutions. Imagery grants are used to advance research in environmental studies, humanitarian support, and disaster relief, geographic information systems (GIS) and technologies, and numerous other subjects. To apply for an imagery grant, please read through the application criteria below.

Application Criteria

The applicant must be currently enrolled as a student or a faculty member at an accredited university-level academic institution. If a student, the applicant must be enrolled in an accredited research program. The DigitalGlobe Foundation’s Employee Advisory Committee (FEAC) reviews all applications and considers each on a case-by-case basis. Applicants will be considered for a grant provided these criteria are met:

  • Clear description of research topic and relevance
  • Goals are stated and understandable
  • Benefits are transparent
  • Images will be used in an appropriate manner
  • Contribution of research will have a demonstrable impact detailed and reasonable timeline
  • Publication plan

To Apply

If you are interested in applying for an imagery grant, please complete the following procedures:

Data

All grantees receive DigitalGlobe’s Standard Imagery product. Depending on the satellite, you will receive panchromatic and multispectral images as separate bands. You can find more about the Standard Product here. Higher level products, such as orthorectified, stereo, mosaics and digital elevation models (DEMs), are not available through the Foundation. All imagery must be from DigitalGlobe’s archive, collected and owned by DigitalGlobe. New tasking is not provided. Exceptions can be made, if you have any requests that do not fit the guidelines, please contact us before you submit an application.

Notification and Delivery

All applicants will be notified of the Foundation’s decision via email after the application has been reviewed by the FEAC. Once an applicant has been approved, the recipient’s imagery request will be ordered, processed and shipped by the Foundation Manager. All data is delivered via FTP. A stable internet connection is necessary to download large imagery files. DigitalGlobe can provide only limited IT assistance if the end-user has technical difficulties. If an application is approved, we ask that you give us 30 days from the time of submission until the data is delivered.

Agreement

Once an application has been approved, the grantee must agree to provide feedback in the form of an article, thesis or white paper. Grantees are asked to use social media platforms for posts when applicable (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.). In some cases, the grantee may be asked to write a blog, provide photographs of travel related to the research, or asked to do video testimony. The grantee must agree that the data will not be used commercially or shared with anyone who might use it commercially. Imagery may be shared with others for purposes related only to this research effort.

Attribution Requirements

When imagery is presented, published or posted, the grant recipient is required to include a proper and distinct credit to the DigitalGlobe Foundation, as well as a verbal credit and acknowledgment during any presentations. No image published or otherwise used pursuant to these usage rules may be modified, altered or supplemented in any way without the express written consent of DigitalGlobe, Inc. Any use of the images in hardcopy print or broadcast must include the following credit reasonably displayed next to or on the image: “Image courtesy of the DigitalGlobe Foundation” or “DigitalGlobe Foundation.” Any use of the images published on the World Wide Web must include the following words reasonably displayed: “Copyright © 20XX DigitalGlobe Foundation” or “DigitalGlobe Foundation” or “Satellite image courtesy of the DigitalGlobe Foundation.” Wherever possible, the words “DigitalGlobe Foundation” must be hyperlinked to the DigitalGlobe Foundation website (http://foundation.digitalglobe.com).

FAQs

If a student, the applicant must be enrolled in an accredited research program. The DigitalGlobe Foundation’s Employee Advisory Committee (FEAC) reviews all applications and considers each on a case-by-case basis. Applicants will be considered for a grant provided these criteria are met:

  • Clear description of research topic and relevance
  • Goals are stated and understandable
  • Benefits are transparent
  • Images will be used in an appropriate manner
  • Contribution of research will have a demonstrable impact detailed and reasonable timeline
  • Publication plan

If you are interested in applying for an imagery grant, please complete the following procedures:

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