The Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence has partnered with Microsoft to offer researchers the chance to submit proposals and receive up to $50,000 of credits to be used on Azure in support of novel, or emerging research that requires advanced computational resources provided by the commercial cloud. We also encourage potential users to put in a small proposal for initial exploration of cloud computing usability for their projects.
Proposals will be more likely to succeed if they are expected to initiate or sustain meaningful interdisciplinary collaborations across the University and beyond. We will give preference to proposals that distinctively take advantage of Azure cloud capabilties and proposals that span more than one of the three HAI focus areas:
Human Impact: Guiding, forecasting, and studying the human and societal impact of AI, domestically and globally
Inspired Intelligence: Developing AI technologies inspired by the versatility and depth of human intelligence.
We expect to award approximately three large grants.
Proposals will be accepted from all Stanford researchers, however students or other researchers who do not have PI status will be required to secure endorsement of the proposal from their PI-eligible faculty mentor.
The proposal (no longer than 2 pages, excluding references, PDF, single-spaced, 11 point, 1 inch margins) should include the following components:
Background, problem statement and objectives (e.g. expected significance, relation to longer-term goals, relation to the present state of knowledge in the field, etc.)
Statement of Computational Work: Description of experimental methods and computational work, including how you will use the cloud credits for this work and why Azure cloud capabilties are key
Expected results or deliverables and timeline
The submission form will also request a budget and a budget justification. Use Azure Cloud Credit Pricing Calculator to estimate usage and produce a budget. For the budget justification, briefly justify how the requested machine type(s) and estimated usage is suitable for the proposed work
One year after account set up or upon exhaustion of the credits allocated, recipients must provide a final report of research results, credit usage, and a list of publications, articles, or conference talks emerging from the research. Grant recipients may also be requested to participate in a poster session to share their work with the HAI community, a short interview to describe their project and/or participate in a feedback survey to enable continuous improvement of HAI Cloud Credits Programs.