United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
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Cooperative agreements to USA institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations, including professional societies, research labs, observatories, and museums to support research to advance the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal.
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.
The 2019 update to the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan, informed by visioning activities in the scientific community as well as interaction with the public, identifies as its first strategic objective the need to make long-term investments in AI research in areas with the potential for long-term payoffs in AI. The National AI Research Institutes program enables longer-term research and U.S. leadership in AI through the creation of AI Research Institutes.
This program solicitation expands upon the nationwide network established by the first 18 AI Research Institutes to pursue transformational advances in a range of economic sectors, and science and engineering fields. In this round, the program invites proposals for institutes that have a principal focus in one of the following themes, detailed in the Program Description:
For a full Program Description, see https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2022/nsf22502/nsf22502.pdf#page=6.
GrantWatch ID#: 199062
Estimated Number of Awards: 7 - NSF plans to make approximately one Institute award in each of themes 1-5, and one award to each of the two tracks listed in theme 6 as described below.
Award Ceiling: $20,000,000
Institute awards will be made for between $16,000,000 and $20,000,000 ($4,000,000 per year on average).
Institute awards will be made for four to five years.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
General inquiries regarding this program should be made to:
AI Research Institutes Program Team, telephone: (703) 292-5111, email: AIInstitutesProgram@nsf.gov
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For general inquiries regarding this program (not theme specific) please email the program leads at:
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For inquiries related to the responsiveness of your ideas for the Themes listed in this solicitation, please contact the program officers listed below. You are advised to address theme-specific questions to all program contacts listed for that theme. See https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2022/nsf22502/nsf22502.pdf#page=22.
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