ESIP Lab – RFP now openThis year’s theme is climate resilience.

Welcome to the ESIP Lab

ESIP’s core values of Curiosity and Openness thrive in the ESIP Lab, which provides small-grant funding opportunities for Earth science technology research projects.

Why microfunding matters.

You don’t don’t need to know everything. Learning new skills — and testing new ideas — takes time, resources, and deliberate effort. That’s why our grants process focuses on tying technical goals to learning objectives.

Everyone needs support. Getting financial backing is a key part of research, but so is community. Join ours and help the whole Earth science data community grow.



Total dollars granted through the ESIP Lab each year for pilot projects and FUNding Friday.


Total projects funded and guided through the ESIP Lab small-grant innovation process.


Additional funding secured by ESIP Lab pilot projects through NSF, NASA, and NOAA.


Cloud provider credits used by ESIP Lab projects each year.

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“With ESIP Lab funding, we transitioned a hydrologic modal from “research grade” to cloud-based operations for watersheds on three continents.”

Assistant Professor , Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University

“We can now incorporate deep learning in hurricane modeling to save lives and reduce damages.”

Assistant Professor , Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science, University of Houston

“We are developing a sensor network to calibrate hydrology altimetry data for airborne and satellite applications.”

PhD Candidate , Geography Department, UCLA

“We can now produce high-quality crop maps by creating deep learning workflows in web browsers.”

Research Professor , Computer Science Department, George Mason University

We support innovation and curiosity.

Here are some of the organizations that received ESIP funds. From individual researchers to nonprofit teams to small companies, our mix of investigators reflects the interdisciplinary nature of Earth science data, computing, and technology.