NSF Announces New Funding Opportunities Worth $200 Million in Artificial Intelligence Research, AI-Powered Innovation
The National Science Foundation recently announced the creation of a new program that will advance research in Artificial Intelligence (AI). It will also accelerate the development of transformational, AI-powered innovation by allowing researchers to focus on larger-scale, longer-term research.
The National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes program anticipates approximately $120 million in grants next year to fund planning grants and up to six research institutes in order to advance AI research and create national nexus points for universities, federal agencies, industries and nonprofits.
The program, led by NSF in partnership with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, has a planning and an institute track.
1. The planning track will support planning grants for up to two years and $500,000 to enable teams to develop collaborative plans and capacity for full institute operations.
2. The institute track will support cooperative agreements of $16 million to $20 million for four to five years (up to $4 million per year) for the creation of AI Research Institutes in an initial set of high-priority areas, like: Trustworthy AI, Foundations of Machine Learning, AI-Driven Innovation in Agriculture and the Food System, AI-Augmented Learning, AI for Accelerating Molecular Synthesis, and Manufacturing AI for Discovery in Physics.
The AI Research Institutes program will support the advancement of multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder research on larger-scale, longer-time-horizon challenges in AI research than are supported in typical research grants.
Grant proposals for the National AI Research Institutes program are due to NSF on Jan. 28, 2020, for Institute proposals and Jan. 30, 2020, for planning grant proposals. For more information: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505686.
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