The power of science and innovation can improve global health and development outcomes and dramatically reduce global inequity. Harnessing the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) can improve the lives and wellbeing of women, children, and vulnerable communities everywhere.
As AI technology continues to swiftly evolve and advance, the global community must move with urgency to ensure low- and middle-income countriesi (LMICs) are included in the co-creation process. AI solutions targeting LMICs must be locally driven and owned and relevant to each person's needs. Local communities must be given the opportunity to provide their own perspective and cultural context so that they can decide on both 1) their own thresholds for safe usage and 2) the overall utility of AI within their own lives.
Additionally, LMICs must have equitable access to AI tools and approaches. Responsible global use of AI entails a safe, equitable, transparent, reliable, and beneficial process that is adhered to with a high level of accountability. As the world rapidly moves to seize AI's opportunity, it is imperative to monitor and mitigate the safety, ethical, equity, and reliability dimensions of AI deployment. This will allow the enormous resilience, creativity, and commitment of researchers, scientists, and policymakers to capture the full capability of AI for lasting good.
The Grand Challenges India (GCI) call is jointly supported by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), the Government of India (GoI), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to address the need for an equitable and responsible approach to the use of AI and specifically Large Language Models (LLMs) in LMICs. This GCI call is the first step towards identifying, nurturing, and catalyzing the creativity, energy, and skills that researchers, implementers, governments, and technical partners have demonstrated in solving specific challenges in their countries and regions through LLMs. We are optimistic that this effort will lead to potentially transformative technology to improve the lives and conditions of the most vulnerable communities around the world.
The purpose of this call is to seek innovative approaches to the use of LLMs to advance public health in India and across the globe. Given the numerous open and non-open-source AI tools, we encourage/expect the applicant to select the tool most appropriate to their use case and context.
The call is soliciting proposals that seek to solve problems in the following areas:
Ideally, the proposal will:
Priority will be given to proposals that have:
situations/ contexts with minimal change.
What We Are Looking For:
This RFP is India-led; the programme is open to Indian academics, research institutions, companies, society, trusts and foundations.
Project cost will be sanctioned to researchers and innovators who are Indian individuals or Indian entities*, we also encourage partnerships with researchers of national/international expertise, subject to the call guidelines.
Note: Please read the following carefully to understand the category you will be applying under and the documentation that may be requested should your proposal be selected for further financial due diligence. This call is open to:
Experts of the relevant discipline as mentors should be a part of the proposal such as healthcare professionals, data analytics experts, m-health specialists, management experts, logistics experts, M&E experts among others.
Through national and international collaboration, we expect that sharing experimental methods, data, and resources will ultimately improve the ability to compare and validate local research findings and to develop interventions and products that can have impact at a greater scale.
Proposals are required to be submitted online only. For scheme details and submission of proposal, please log on to BIRAC website (www.birac.nic.in).
Announcement Date: 09-11-2023
Last Submission Date: 23-12-2023 01:00 PM