a2 Pilot Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

Intellectual Property
Invited Full (Round 2) Application
Funding and Timing
Are all pilot applications subject to a common review and award process?

Generally, yes. Each AITC is responsible for reviewing and prioritizing the applications that it receives. All AITCs have agreed to use the same application process and apply the same broad evaluation criteria. An AITC, at its discretion, may request supplemental materials or an interview as part of its overall evaluation.  

AITCs will assign their reviewers to score each application and provide written comments. Any potential conflicts of interest that might arise during the review process are managed consistent with the NIH rules for peer review of all types of grants programs.

The a2 Collective will work with applicants who are selected for conditional award to complete the required NIH forms. Applicants will indicate overall budgetary needs, as well as need for IRB or foreign component review. Upon concurrence by NIA, the AITC will execute subaward agreements to pilot awardee institutions. Funding is expected to be dispensed using a milestone billing approach.

Does the proposed technology or solution need to include AI, or can it be technology based with the potential for AI involvement?

The solution can be technology based with the potential for leveraging AI in later project phases.

Does the technology solution need to be fully ready for pilot funding at the time of evaluation, be at a minimum viable product stage, or include a prototype?

Minimum viable products or technology solutions with prototypes are within scope. Awardees have access to the AITC core facilities to conduct usability testing or lab-based assessments of solution transfer in home or care settings.

Where do I find application feedback on the AcceleratorApp platform?

Application feedback is available on the applicant user’s account at https://aitc.a2pilotawards.ai. Once you are logged into your account, you can view your application feedback by clicking the “Activities” tab to the right of your application’s “Profile” tab.

What if I applied in multiple Grant Years and have more than one application on AcceleratorApp?

Begin by clicking “Applications” on the vertical bar on the left side of the screen. From this page you can select the competition(s) you applied to, which will load the application “Activities” and “Profile” tabs noted above.

Whom should applicants contact to discuss questions about application feedback?

Contact the AITC you applied to. Links to websites for each AITC are listed here.