Applicants may request up to $200,000 in non-dilutive grant funding (direct costs) to be expended within a 12-month period. Most funded project budgets are in the $50,000 to $150,000 range. Higher amounts, multi-year commitments, and 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 federally negotiated indirect rates, the maximum indirect costs rate is 10 percent of direct costs. See additional details in our FAQ.
Applicant institutions can be any fiscally responsible organization with a Unique Entity ID (UEI) 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 populations that are underrepresented 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 public health service grant application forms and, if applicable, human subjects protection information and subject recruitment criteria.
Pilot project applications will be reviewed on a number of factors, including the project’s scientific merit, potential commercial or translational impact, and team and project plan strength.
Additional consideration may be given to projects that leverage an AITC’s resources or facilities or generate datasets, software, or hardware that might benefit the AITC research community at large. Other areas of consideration might include go-to-market strategy, regulatory and reimbursement pathways, and mitigation of health disparities across the United States, including improving access to and delivery of care in rural areas.
A preview of the a2 Pilot Awards application and review criteria as well as information about each AITC is available to download.