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Ready For Impact

Program Occurrence


Time of year



virtual & Showcase in Washington, DC

Key Dates

applications are now closed

What is the goal?

Scale the most promising humanitarian innovations powered by Earth science.




Humanitarian organizations and their partners in any country looking to scale promising piloted applications of Earth science in their operations. At least one partner group per application must have an annual operating budget of $500,000 USD.

How can you get involved

The 2024 cycle is now closed. Keep an eye on this page or sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear about the next application cycle.

Why it matters

Less than 1% of funding for humanitarian programs goes to innovation, despite the potential of these technologies and approaches to meet community needs. Supporting innovation results in tangible outcomes for communities.
The Ready for Impact program supports teams who are ready to scale proven applications of satellite data and tools for humanitarian decision-making before, during, or after a crisis. Innovators from non-profits, community service organizations, humanitarian groups, purpose-driven companies are welcome to apply to the program individually or in partnership. 

Organizations working with affected communities to leverage Earth science in humanitarian response will participate in an eight-week incubator program, culminating in an opportunity pitch in front humanitarian funders for scale-up financing at the SatSummit showcase in Washington, DC in May.

NASA Lifelines will offer In-kind resources, mentorship, and capacity-building workshops to help the cohort of humanitarians wield robust Earth science to improve decision-making and ultimately reach the most vulnerable communities with critical resources.

Have questions about Ready for Impact?
Email [email protected]

Ready for impact applications live

Apply now! Deadline is April 2, 2024. Program details are below
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Humanitarian Wayfinders

Join our annual Humanitarian Wayfinders program to help guide diverse humanitarian efforts and innovate with real-world solutions. Apply yearly in October.
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Fellowship Program

Explore the NASA Lifelines Fellowship Program for graduate students interested in Earth and social sciences. Apply biannually for transformative six-month virtual roles.
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Ready for Impact

Apply for the Ready for Impact program to scale your proven humanitarian innovations using Earth science. Annual showcase in Washington, DC each spring
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Earth Science Review Board

Join the Earth Science Review Board to receive or provide expert guidance on integrating satellite data for humanitarian decisions, open year-round
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Supper Clubs

Join Lifelines Supper Clubs to engage in impactful discussions on Earth Science and humanitarian action in your community. Open to leaders from various sectors year-round
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Scientist Speed Dating

Join Scientist Speed Dating to collaborate on interdisciplinary Earth Science projects that address global humanitarian challenges. Biannual events in Spring & Fall, virtual or in DC
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Humanitarian Simulations

Participate in NASA Lifelines Humanitarian Simulations to explore integrating Earth science in crisis management. Biannual events in Spring & Fall, available virtually and in DC
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Mural Contests

The NASA Lifelines Mural Contest aims to transform public spaces with art that communicates the impact of Earth science. Annual events every summer, across multiple cities