Call for HAI Seed Grant Proposals
The Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence’s vision for the future is led by the commitment to promote human-centered uses of AI, design for it using human-centered methods, and ensure that humanity benefits from the technology and that the benefits are broadly shared. Along these lines, we seek proposals that support new, ambitious, and speculative ideas with the objective of getting initial results. We welcome proposals from the whole array of humanistic, social scientific, natural scientific, biomedical, and engineering approaches, including critical, historical, ethnographic, clinical, experimental, and inventive work from discrete studies to research for book publications to speaker series to system building and evaluation. We especially aim to fund collaborations of faculty and students whose work bridges two or more disciplines and proposals that can make a persuasive case that these initial results will catalyze further support from internal and external stakeholders.
We expect to award approximately 30 grants, up to $75K each for a one year period.
HAI and Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute are simultaneously offering a separate funding opportunity, a joint call for proposals for up to $125K for one year. PIs may not submit the same research project for both opportunities; PIs should review both calls to determine which opportunity is most appropriate for their project.
In addition to the above criteria, preference will be given to high-impact projects that align with the three broad HAI research areas:
- Intelligence — research that aims to develop novel technologies inspired by the depth and versatility of human intelligence. Potential topics may include AI inspired by neuroscience, cognitive science, and psychology; novel unsupervised, semi-supervised, self-supervised, and supervised learning methods for diverse data types; knowledge and semantics.
- Augment Human Capabilities — research that aims to design and create AI technologies that augment humans rather than replace them. Potential topics/domains may include AI and human-computer interaction; health, medicine, and wellness; robotics and automation; sustainability and climate change; education, law.
- Human Impact — research that aims to understand and guide the global societal impact of AI technologies for the greater good. Potential topics may include the impact of AI on economics, society, government, law, ethics, philosophy, policy, and other related areas of the social sciences and humanities. This may include race, ethnicity, and gender studies; interpretable, trustworthy, and fair AI; the intellectual and conceptual foundations of AI, its history, and its cultural impact.
Proposals are due on August 15, 2022 at 11:59pm PST. Proposals will go through a review committee and an ethics and society review. Award recipients will be notified by early November. Please submit using the Apply button on this webpage.
The proposal (no longer than 3 pages, excluding references, PDF, single-spaced, 11 point, 1 inch margins) should include the following components:
First two pages:
- Background and problem statement
- Core research idea
- How your research idea innovates over existing methods/applications or brings together diverse disciplines
- Detailed technical (or general) problem solving approach
- Team involved (faculty, postdocs, staff, and/or students as appropriate)
- Requested funding and associated sketch budget (e.g., “25% RA 2qtrs: $18K; fieldwork travel $3K, equipment: $4K”, 8% infrastructure charge)
- Ethics and Society Review (ESR) statement: (one page PDF, single-spaced, 11 point, 1 inch margins). The ESR panel may ask for more detail in response. Read more details about the ESR statement and process.
- Detail the ethical challenges and possible negative societal impacts of the proposed research. What are the possible long-term consequences of this research?
- Articulate general principles that you will use to eliminate or mitigate these issues. Then, translate those principles into the specific design decisions you are making in your proposed research.
Fourth page +
- References (no max or min limits, at the end of the PDF file)
HAI will review proposals based on:
- Likelihood to make a positive impact on our planet, our nations, our communities, our families and/or our lives
- Novelty or innovation in the application, development or study of AI
- Whether the proposed team has the proper credentials to complete the project
- Involving multiple disciplines
- Intellectual merit of the proposal, balanced with quality and creativity
- Alignment with the Priority Areas listed above
- Recommendations from the ethics and society review
We welcome proposals that come from students, staff, and Stanford faculty. Each proposal must have a Stanford faculty or researcher who qualifies as a Principal Investigator (PI) according to Stanford University Policy. PIs may submit more than one proposal, but only one proposal is likely to receive funding.
Awardees must be willing to attend and present the results of their work at future HAI events or seminars as well as volunteer to review for future HAI seed grant programs.
Timely and substantive reporting of the value derived from seed grants is important to HAI’s ability to continue and expand our grant programs. Six months after receipt of funds, recipients must provide a 1-2 paragraph summary of research status and results, fund usage, and next steps. One year after receipt of funds, recipients must provide a final report of research findings, impact, future plans and a list of publications, grant applications, articles, or conference talks emerging from the research.
Proposals may request up to $75,000 for 12 months. Award amounts will be based on an analysis of a budget request. No indirect costs will be charged but an 8% infrastructure charge will be imposed on the award amount so up to $69,444 will be available in direct costs.
Funds may be used for salary and tuition support of faculty, graduate students, and other research staff, operating supplies, minor equipment items, prototyping expenses, imaging time, and travel directly associated with the research activity. Funds will not support general staff or administrative support.
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