New Artificial Intelligence Program Looks to Push Boundaries Through AI Theory Funding Opportunities

Jul 27, 2018

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently announced its new Artificial Intelligence Exploration (AIE) program, which brings with it a bevy of funding opportunities. The goal of AIE and its funding opportunities is to push the boundaries and technological capacities of current artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, which has been pursued by DARPA in waves. The “first wave” was rule based, the “second wave” was statistical learning based. The “third wave,” and current focus of AIE revolves around research and developing AI theory and applications that help surmount the limitations presented by first and second wave technologies.

“DARPA has established a streamlined process to push the state of the art in AI through regular and relatively short-term technology development projects,” said Peter Highnam, DARPA Deputy Director. “The intent is to get researchers on contract quickly to test the value and feasibility of innovative concepts. Where we’re successful, individual projects could lead to larger research and development programs spurring major AI breakthroughs.”

Those interested in submitting an application for an AIE grant must submit a proposal comprised of three parts: a technical and management proposal, a price proposal and an administration and national and policy requirements document. The award amount will depend on the quality of the proposal and availability of funds. Once an award has been given, researchers must work to establish the feasibility of new AI concepts within 18 months.

For further information on DARPA and its AI initiatives, click here:  https://www.darpa.mil/ 
To view the current funding opportunities, click here: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=f6149249b0f3c04c5b8994be1a492726&tab=core&_cview=0