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National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes Accelerating Research, Transforming Society, and Growing the American Workforce

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:

  • Theme 1: Intelligent Agents for Next-Generation Cybersecurity
  • Theme 2: Neural and Cognitive Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
  • Theme 3: AI for Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry
  • Theme 4: AI for Decision making
  • Theme 5: Trustworthy AI
  • Theme 6: AI-Augmented Learning to Expand Education Opportunities and Improve Outcomes


Funding Available: Awards will be between $16,000,000 and $20,000,000 for four to five years ($4,000,000 per year on average)


Maximum Number of Applicants: 2


Sponsor Deadlines: Preliminary Proposal Due: 1/14/2022; Full Proposal Due: 5/13/2022


Limited Submission Due: 12/14/2021


To Apply Submit the Following:

  • Title of Proposal and Theme
  • Project Summary (1-page limit): Provide an overview, a statement on the intellectual merit of the proposed activity and a statement on the broader impacts of the proposed activity. Describe the institute vision and rationale and its research objectives. 
  • Key Personnel and Partners Identify key personnel, other participating institutions/partners and their primary research thrusts related to the institute goals.
  • NSF Biosketch of PI
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. Nominations must provide compelling evidence of the advance of important knowledge in the chemical sciences by the nominee. Further, the nomination should describe dedication and contributions to education in the chemical sciences, particularly with respect to undergraduates.


Funding Available:  Unrestricted grant of up to $100,000.  Of the total amount, $7,500 is for departmental expenses associated with research and education. 


Maximum Number of Applicants: 1 application per institution


Sponsor Deadlines:  2/2/2022


Limited Submission Due: 11/14/2021


To Apply Submit the Following:

  • A summary description of the nominee's research accomplishments as an independent faculty member and a brief description of research plans (2 pages total)
  • CV with current research support and list of publications in which independent contributions and undergraduate coauthors are identified
Modern Equipment for Shared-use Biomedical Research Facilities: Advancing Research-Related Operations (R24 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites qualified academic or research institutions to apply for support to purchase and install advanced equipment to enhance and modernize research-supporting operations of biomedical research facilities. Targeted are core facilities, animal research facilities, and other research spaces that are used on a shared basis. The goal of this FOA is to strengthen research-auxiliary activities of biomedical research facilities and to enhance the efficacy of their operation. To ensure proper installation and functioning of the equipment, minor alteration and renovation (A&R) efforts can be included as a small component of the budget. The equipment must be placed in a core facility, an animal research facility, or other shared used space to ensure that it supports research-related needs of a broad institutional research community. 


Funding Available:  The maximum award budget is $400,000 of direct costs. Applications with a a request of direct costs less than $25,000 will not be considered. For requests of multiple pieces of the same or different equipment, the minimum budget for any given piece is $10,000.  Project duration is 12 months.


Maximum Number of Applicants: 1 application per institution


Sponsor Deadlines: Preliminary Proposal Due - 12/1/2021


Limited Submission Due: 10/25/2021


To Apply Submit the Following:

  • Quote(s) for each requested item from commercial vendor
  • Brief Justification for the equipment requested: Describe how the proposed equipment will will benefit institutional biomedical research programs, remedy the infrastructure’s deficiencies, improve/modernize operations, improve animal management, maintenance, or care, etc. If applicable, identify the NIH-funded research awards that will benefit from the project abd demonstrate how the project will benefit institutional biomedical research programs over the long term. (2 pages)
Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC)

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) program provides sustained support of materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering. Each MRSEC addresses research of a scope and complexity requiring the scale, synergy, and multidisciplinarity provided by a campus-based research center. The MRSECs support materials research infrastructure in the United States, promote active collaboration between universities and other sectors, including industry and international organizations, and contribute to the development of a national network of university-based centers in materials research, education, and facilities. A MRSEC may be located at a single institution, or may involve multiple institutions in partnership, and is composed of two to three Interdisciplinary Research Groups, IRGs, each addressing a fundamental materials science topic aligned with the Division of Materials Research, DMR.


Funding Available: 8 proposals will be awarded. Awards are expected to range in amount from approximately $3 million/year for a 2-IRG MRSEC to a maximum of $4.5 million/year for a 3-IRG MRSEC.


Maximum Number of Applicants: 1 application per institution


Sponsor Deadlines: Preliminary Proposal Due - 6/20/022 (required); Full Proposal Due: 11/22/2022 (by invitation only)


Limited Submission Due: 10/25/2021


To Apply Submit the Following:

  • Project Summary - the rationale for establishing the Center and the anticipated associated synergies (1 page)
  • A list of MRSEC investigators: these are faculty (faculty rank and/or equivalent) listed by full name, organizational and departmental affiliation, and major role in the proposed center (e.g., IRG 1, IRG 2, education). This list should include: (i) Primary Participants: receiving NSF-MRSEC support; (ii) Primary Collaborators: affiliates from National Laboratories or International affiliates. Primary Participants and Primary Collaborators are individuals that will play a continuous crucial role in the Center; and (iii) Secondary Participants: not receiving NSF-MRSEC support and not playing a central role. (1 page)
Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

The Blavatnik National Awards recognize and celebrate America’s most innovative and promising faculty-rank scientists and engineers in three disciplinary categories: Chemistry, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Life Sciences. Eligible nominees must be 42 years of age or younger (born in or after 1980), and hold a tenured or tenure-track position or equivalent at your institution. 


Funding Available: $250,000


Maximum Number of Applicants: UB can submit up to 3 nominations, 1 in each of the 3 disciplinary categories.


Sponsor Deadline: 11/17/2021


Limited Submission Due: 10/15/2021


To Apply Submit the Following:

  • A one‐page description of research accomplishments, and please note the disciplinary category
  • Full CV of the PI
  • A letter of support from the Dean or Chair. This letter of support signifies that the Dean or Chair have ensured that the nominee and application are likely to be of sufficient quality to be competitive nationally
Moore Inventor Fellows Program

The foundation seeks to support people who create new tools, technologies, processes, or approaches with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation’s three main areas of interest: scientific research, environmental conservation and patient care.  Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs or other full-time staff who can receive funding through their institutions. Candidates must be no more than 10 years past receiving the terminal advanced degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D. received on or after 2012). 


The scope of this call is intentionally wide: proposed projects do not need to fall within our current funding priorities but should be broadly within the program areas of foundation interest (science, environmental conservation and patient care). For patient care, inventions should resonate with our focus on improving the experience and outcomes of patients with solutions that improve clinical diagnosis. We aim to support inventions at an early stage that could lead to proof-of-concept of an invention or advance an existing prototype that tackles an important problem. We seek innovations that promise to make a long-lasting and meaningful impact by addressing underlying problems in their field, but a clear path toward commercialization is not a requirement. We are not interested in supporting fundamental research projects or projects already at a stage where significant venture capital is available. 


Funding Available: $200,000 a year for three years.


Maximum Number of Applicants: UB can submit up to 2 nominations.


Sponsor Deadline: 11/12/2021 nomination information due to the foundation; 12/13/2021 full nomination package due.


Limited Submission Due: 10/15/2021


To Apply Submit the Following:

  • A two‐page statement of invention, including brief description of importance to science, environmental conservation or patient care, stage of invention and current funding.
  • Brief budget noting how the funds will be used. 
  • Current NIH or NSF Biosketch
Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1 - Clinical Trial Optional)

This program is designed to support highly integrated research teams of three to six PDs/PIs to address ambitious and challenging research questions that are important for the mission of NIGMS and are beyond the scope of one or two investigators. Collaborative program teams are expected to accomplish goals that require considerable synergy and managed team interactions. Project goals should not be achievable with a collection of individual efforts or projects. Teams are encouraged to consider far-reaching objectives that will produce major advances in their fields.


Funding Available: $1,500,000 a year for five years.


Maximum Number of Applicants: Only 1 application per institution is allowed per review round. 


Sponsor Deadline: 1/27/2022


Limited Submission Due: 10/15/2021


To Apply Submit the Following:

  • Names of PDs/PIs and department affiliations
  • Brief description of proposed research plan that addresses a complex and challenging biomedical problem important to the mission of NIGMS, with single set of specific aims (2 pages max). 

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