Sponsor:  The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Sponsor Program Solicitation: ADI Program - 2014 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Focus
Funding Amount: $1,000,000-$2,000,000
Duration: 3 years

Status of this Limited Submission Opportunity

Closed - Submitting PI: Ennio Mingolla (SLPA)


NU Pre-Proposal Deadline: 04/14/2014
Sponsor Deadline: 05/30/2014

Eligibility and Nomination Requirements

Only three applications per institution are allowed. If you are interested in applying, please contact Karen Drew (x4824) as early as possible to make sure that we haven’t already reached the institutional submissions limit.

The pre-proposal should include a brief description of the proposed project, an explanation of how the proposed project fits in the research agenda of one of the three AI topic areas and why it has significant potential to ‘move the needle’ towards answering a broad scientific question posted for the cohort, and why the proposed project is unlikely to receive funding through traditional sources.

Scientists at any stage of their career may apply. The Foundation has a particular interest in both supporting the careers of exceptional young scientists showing particular promise as thought leaders in their fields and supporting more established researchers with ambitious, high-risk ideas that could have a revolutionary impact in the field but remain outside the scope of traditional funding sources.

The Foundation anticipates funding 5-8 three-year projects.

Funding Areas

The Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) Program seeks to fund a select group of investigators to pursue new, pioneering research in academic settings that, collectively, ‘move the needle’ towards answering broad scientific questions. The most promising proposals will incorporate novel, creative, and ambitious approaches. For this reason, the program is especially interested in proposals that are unlikely to receive funding from traditional governmental sources.

The 2014 RFP focuses on three fundamental Artificial Intelligence (AI) topics: 1) Machine Reading (2) Diagram Interpretation and (3) Spatial and Temporal Reasoning. These topics are aligned with the vision of the Allen Institute for AI (www.allenai.org), but the AI ADI program is a distinct program funded and administered by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

Methodological and technological advances are often necessary complements to scientific advance and yet these are often difficult to fund through traditional sources. The ADI Program encourages and supports researchers including novel methodological, theoretical and technological elements in their proposals. Supported projects are expected to have interim milestones and clearly described anticipated outcomes. Scientific goals in the topic area should be achievable within the award period.