At the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and neuroscience is a mutually beneficial relationship with potential to transform brain health, counter disease, and develop AI technologies inspired by the versatility and depth of human intelligence.
To leverage this potential, the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute (Wu Tsai Neuro) and the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) jointly seek proposals for up to $125K that support ambitious ideas and reimagine the ways in which neuroscience and AI work together to transform our understanding of the human brain and advance artificially intelligent systems. We especially aim to fund proposals that can make a persuasive case that initial results will catalyze further support from internal and external stakeholders. We expect to award four to six one-year grants.
Seeking new collaborations: In keeping with the multidisciplinary missions of Wu Tsai Neuro and HAI, we encourage proposals from across the university that involve new collaborations between at least two independent co-Principal Investigators (PI) who use different methodologies and/or work in different disciplines. The collaboration should bridge the fields of AI and neuroscience and yield stronger results than the disciplines’ independent capabilities.
Preliminary "pitches": To facilitate these partnerships, faculty who are looking for new collaborators have the option to submit a short summary (“pitch”) calling for the type of researcher or area of expertise they seek to strengthen their proposal. Pitches will be shared confidentially amongst the pool of applicants, enabling applicants to easily find and contact each other. Participation in the pitch/matchmaking process is voluntary, and has no bearing on the review or selection of awarded proposals.
Pitches are due July 6, 2022 at 11:59pm PST. By submitting a pitch, faculty gain access to this community of researchers seeking new collaborations. This phase should be solely viewed as an opportunity and all participating parties are not required to move forward with a joint proposal.
Proposals are due on August 15, 2022 at 11:59pm PST. Proposals will go through a review committee and ethics review process. Award recipients will be notified by early November.