How to Apply For an Imagery Grant

The DigitalGlobe Foundation provides satellite imagery grants to support research projects at the university level within military and civilian academic institutions. Imagery grants are used to advance research in environmental studies, humanitarian support and disaster relief, as well as geographic information systems (GIS) and technologies.

To apply for an imagery grant, please read through the application criteria, how to apply, and the notification and delivery sections.

Application Criteria

The DigitalGlobe Foundation's Employee Advisory Committee (FEAC) reviews all applications for imagery grants, considering each application on a case-by-case basis. Applicants will be granted a limited amount of archive imagery at no cost, provided the following criteria are met:

  • The applicant must be enrolled as a student or a faculty member at an accredited university-level educational institution. If enrolled as a student, the applicant must be an active participant in an accredited research program. The applicant’s area of study/research must be provided in the application, as must the contact information for the applicant’s faculty advisor.
  • Applicants must agree to provide feedback in the form of an article, thesis or white paper.
  • The data may not be used commercially or shared with anyone who might use it commercially.
  • Applicants must agree to provide feedback in the form of an article, thesis or white paper, video testimonial, or social media outlets.

Special considerations can be made for analysts or researchers at non-governmental organizations who may be conducting research to benefit humanitarian or environmental efforts.

How to Apply for an Imagery Grant

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

  1. Complete the Satellite Imagery Request Form.
  2. Choose your desired imagery scenes or areas of interest using the ImageFinder online search tool that includes the following satellites: QuickBird, GeoEye-1, WorldView-1, WorldView-2, and WorldView-3. The Catalog ID's for each image you are requesting need to be in the application. Applications not including desired imagery will be held and applicant will be contacted for request of images. This could delay the application process.
  3. Please email any additional information, such as, shapefiles, coordinates, KMZ files, or any information that may be relevant to the application process to
  4. Areas of interest (AOI’s) need to be limited to approximately 1000+/- square kilometers. Applications requesting greater area will be asked to minimize their request. We will work with applicants to make sure we can fulfill all requests as best as we can.

Each request will be reviewed by the internal Foundation Employee Advisory Committee (FEAC), which will make all determinations as to which imagery requests will be granted.

Notification and Delivery

All applicants will be notified of the Foundation's decision via e-mail 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's Manager. Every attempt will be made to complete the imagery grant process before the requested deadline. All data is delivered via FTP. A stable internet connection will be needed to download large imagery files. If you are working remotely, or do not have adequate connections, accommodations can be made for alternate delivery methods. DigitalGlobe can only provide limited IT assistance when end-user is experiencing technical difficulties outside of the data that has been delivered.