This program is a multisector effort led by the National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the Simons Foundation (SF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Department of Defense (DOD) Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD (R&E)), Capital One Financial Corporation (Capital One), and Intel Corporation (Intel).
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has advanced tremendously and today promises personalized healthcare; enhanced national security; improved transportation; and more effective education, to name just a few benefits. Increased computing power, the availability of large datasets and streaming data, and algorithmic advances in machine learning (ML) have made it possible for AI research and development to create new sectors of the economy and revitalize industries. Continued advancement, enabled by sustained federal investment and channeled toward issues of national importance, holds the potential for further economic impact and quality-of-life improvements.
This program solicitation expands the nationwide network of AI Research Institutes with new funding opportunities over the next two years. In this round, the program invites proposals for institutes that have a principal focus in one of the following themes aimed at transformational advances in a range of economic sectors, and science and engineering fields:
Group 1 – Awards anticipated in FY 2024:
Theme 1: AI for Astronomical Sciences
Group 2 – Awards anticipated in FY 2025:
Theme 2: AI for Discovery in Materials Research
Theme 3: Strengthening AI
For the institute themes listed in Group 1, NSF anticipates awards to start in FY 2024; and for themes listed in Group 2, NSF anticipates awards to start in FY 2025. Each group has a specific set of due dates and review timeline pertaining only to that group. More detail is found under Due Dates and in the timeline provided in the Program Description.
For more information, view the full National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes solicitation.
Institute awards will be made for between $16,000,000 and $20,000,000 for four to five years ($4,000,000 per year on average).
Limited Submission Requirements and Timeline:
An organization may submit no more than two preliminary proposals to this solicitation as lead institution.
An individual may be designated as senior personnel (which includes but is not limited to PI or co-PI) on at most one preliminary proposal.
Only proposals approved by the Division of Research and Economic Development may be submitted to this program. For such approval, Principal Investigators (PIs) must first submit an email indicating interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 PM on Friday, August 18, 2023. An additional white paper round may be conducted if necessary.
If selected to submit a full proposal, PIs must ensure that proposals meet all requirements stated in the RFP, in the announcement, and in the implementing laws and regulations related to this grant program.
Key Submission Dates: Group 1
- 8/18/2023, by 1 PM – Email indicating interest due to email@example.com. We encourage you to cc your Dean for visibility as well.
- 10/24/2023 – Preliminary Proposal due to OSP
- 10/31/2023 – Preliminary Proposal due to NSF
- 2/9/2024 – Full proposal due to OSP
- 2/16/2024 – Full proposal due to NSF
Key Submission Dates: Group 2 and 3
- 8/18/2023 – Email indicating interest due to due to firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage you to cc your Dean for visibility as well.
- 1/5/2024 – Preliminary Proposal due to OSP
- 1/12/2024 Preliminary Proposal due to NSF
- 5/10/2024 – Full proposal due to OSP
- 5/17/2024 – Full proposal due to NSF
Important Note on Requirements:
Limit on Number of Proposals for Senior Personnel:
An individual may be designated as senior personnel (which includes but is not limited to PI or co-PI) on at most one preliminary proposal, and at most one full proposal to this solicitation. This limit is solicitation-wide and applies across the groups and themes. In the event that an individual exceeds this limit, proposals will be accepted based on earliest date and time of submission, i.e., the first compliant preliminary or full proposal will be accepted, and the remainder will be returned without review.
Did you find a limited submission opportunity? Email us at email@example.com.