Harvard Internal Statement of Interest Deadline: September 17, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: December 4, 2020
Award Amount: $16M - $20M over 4-5 years ($4M per year on average)
Note: This is a revised solicitation and Theme 7, AI to Advance Biology has been added. This Institute theme seeks bold AI-based advances and information infrastructure to push the frontiers of biology, increase our understanding of complex systems, and provide a theoretical basis for original research across the biological sciences. 
The National AI Research Institutes program - a joint effort of NSF, USDA-NIFA, DHS S&T, DOT FHWA, and several industry partners - will fund Institutes comprising scientists, engineers, and educators united by a common focus on advancing the research frontiers in AI. AI Research Institutes will have as their primary focus the advancement of multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder research on larger-scale, longer-time-horizon challenges in AI research than are supported in typical research grants. They will accelerate the development of transformational technologies by grounding that research in critical application sectors that can serve as motivation for foundational research advances and provide opportunities for the effective fielding of AI-powered innovation. This program solicitation invites proposals for full institutes that have a principal focus in one or more of the following themes:
  • Theme 1: Human-AI Interaction and Collaboration
  • Theme 2: AI Institute for Advances in Optimization
  • Theme 3: AI and Advanced Cyberinfrastructure
  • Theme 4: Advances in AI and Computer and Network Systems
  • Theme 5: AI Institute in Dynamic Systems
  • Theme 6: AI-Augmented Learning
  • Theme 7: AI to Advance Biology
  • Theme 8: AI-Driven Innovation in Agriculture and the Food System
Each Institute will be comprised of multiple organizations working together to create significant new research capabilities. NSF and partner organizations seek to grow the network of National AI Research Institutes in lead organizations distributed throughout the country to grow new centers of AI leadership and leverage existing centers of excellence as appropriate. Institutes are strongly encouraged to include organizations that can directly contribute to NSF's commitment to broadening participation by engaging a diverse, globally engaged research community, integrating research with education and building capacity, and expanding efforts to broaden participation from underrepresented groups and diverse institutions across all geographical regions.
An organization may submit no more than two proposals to this solicitation as lead institution. To determine if an internal competition is necessary, potential applicants are asked to email a brief statement of interest to VPR@harvard.edu, with a cc to Autumn_Bennett@harvard.edu no later than September 17, 2020.
Questions about this announcement may be directed to Erin Hale (erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu) or Susan Gomes (sgomes@fas.harvard.edu).

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