The national a2 Pilot Awards competition is hosted annually by the a2 Collective and funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, through the Artificial Intelligence and Technology Collaboratories (AITC) for Aging Research program. NIA has earmarked $40 million to fund technology demonstration projects that utilize artificial intelligence (AI) approaches and technology to improve care and health outcomes for older Americans, including persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD), and their caregivers.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Apr 30, 2024 (5 p.m. ET)

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.

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.

Email at [email protected] or attend the a2 Pilot Awards Q&A Webinar on March 25 at noon.