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:
Theme 1: Intelligent Agents for Next-Generation CybersecurityTheme 2: Neural and Cognitive Foundations of Artificial IntelligenceTheme 3:AI for Climate-Smart Agriculture and ForestryTheme 4: AI for Decision makingTheme 5: Trustworthy AITheme 6:AI-Augmented Learning to Expand Education Opportunities and Improve OutcomesFor a full Program Description, see https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2022/nsf22502/nsf22502.pdf#page=6.

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