Amazon Web Services (AWS) has begun offering grants of $100 per student for free usage of its cloud infrastructure services in eligible courses at accredited universities.
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The AWS in Education programme aims to help the academic community use Amazon Web Services for teaching and research. Amazon said AWS in Education allows educators, academic researchers, and students worldwide to obtain free usage credits to tap into the on-demand infrastructure of Amazon Web Services to teach advanced courses, tackle research and explore new projects.
Amazon said it would also be awarding grants each quarter for AWS service credits to enable higher education institutions conduct research using the Amazon cloud.
The Malaria Atlas project is one of the research projects that has already received a grant from Amazon. The project aims to make detailed global maps of malaria to help drive the fight against the disease. The grant will enable researchers to use Amazon Web Services to run parallel processing applications and store large amounts of data online.