Key Dates

(subject to change)

Applications Open:

Jan. 10, 2022

Q&A Webinar:

Jan. 18, 2022

Applications Close:

Feb. 18, 2022

Awards Granted:

May 31, 2022


The a2 Collective is comprised of three AITC Collaboratories at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the University of Pennsylvania, and a Coordinating Center managed by Rose Li & Associates, Inc. (RLA). Each AITC will support pilot projects focused on healthy aging and AD/ADRD.  

All AITCs are multi-disciplinary research centers that provide research translation support, state-of-the art facilities, access to software and hardware platforms, data sets and other resources, and population study sites. Applicant institutions are strongly encouraged to visit each AITC website to determine the best fit for a proposed project.


Applicants can request up to $200,000 in non-dilutive direct costs to be expended within a 12-month period. Multi-year commitments and time extensions may be selectively granted on a case-by-case basis by the awarding AITC.

If the awarded applicant institution has a federally-negotiated indirect rate, additional indirect costs can be requested at that indirect rate. For applicant institutions without federal negotiated indirect rates, the maximum indirect cost rate is 10% of direct costs.

Awardees will also be eligible to apply for $10,000 in AWS credits through the Amazon AWS Activate program.


Applicants can be any fiscally responsible organization with a DUNS number within the United States, which includes for-profit organizations, higher education institutions, other nonprofits, eligible agencies of the federal government, local government entities, and other organizations.

The Principal Investigator is not required to have a PhD or MD but must demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and environment necessary to carry out the proposed project. Applicants from under-represented populations in the AI and technology fields as well as individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for funding.

Pilot projects selected for funding consideration will be required to submit additional documentation, including NIH biosketches, milestone-based budget justifications, human subjects protection information and subject recruitment criteria as appropriate, and other due diligence documents.


Pilot project applications will be reviewed on a number of factors, including the project’s scientific merit, potential commercial/translational impact, and team/project plan strength.

Additionally, special consideration will also be given to projects that leverage an AITC’s resources and facilities and/or generate data sets, software, and/or hardware that might benefit the AITC research community at large. Other areas of consideration might include go-to-market strategy, regulatory/reimbursement pathways, and mitigation of health disparities across the United States, including improving access and delivery of care in rural areas.


Applications for the a2 Pilot Awards will be accepted from January 10 through February 18, 2022.



A preview of the a2 Pilot Awards application and review criteria as well as information about each AITC is available to download.

Application Preview + Evaluation Criteria
JHU AITC Resources and RFA
U Mass AITC Resources and RFA
U Penn AITC Resources and RFA