AI + Science Research Projects

Call for Proposals Summer 2019



On behalf of the AI Joint Task Force, we are pleased to announce a new call for proposals focused on Artificial Intelligence + Science research projects among the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), and Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC).

  • Applications are due Friday, June 14th by 11:59 PM CT.
  • The budget for each application cannot exceed $250K (inclusive of indirect costs); typical awards are expected to be on the order of $50K. The estimated number of awards is 4-5.
  • The project period is 12 months.
  • Each application must have at least one PI from the University of Chicago and at least one PI from one from the national laboratories.
  • Proposed projects should have DOE relevance, with applications in topics such as materials design, discovery, and synthesis; condensed matter and materials physics; scattering and instrumentation sciences.

Please review the current call for proposals for more details and eligibility requirements.

The goal of this program is to 1) encourage new interactions between the University, TTIC, and the national laboratories, 2) provide unique educational experiences for students, and 3) position our institutions to successfully secure future large-scale federally-sponsored research programs.

The request for proposals is available online. Applications must be submitted online at the University of Chicago Funding PortalSubmissions are due by 11:59 pm on Friday, June 14, 2019 and awards are anticipated to be announced at the end of July.

This funding program is part of the larger joint task force, organized by the University of Chicago’s Office of Research and National Laboratories, and in collaboration with the Center for Data and Computing (CDAC), aimed at increasing interactions among UChicago, ANL, FNAL, and TTIC. The task force builds upon existing collaborations and aims to position our organizations for current and anticipated funding opportunities.

Please contact Julia Lane ( with any questions.

AI Joint Task Force Members 
James Amundson, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Ian Foster, Argonne National Laboratory, University of Chicago
Michael Franklin, University of Chicago
Julia Lane, University of Chicago
Brian Nord, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, University of Chicago
Rebecca Willett (Chair), University of Chicago

Virtual Project Pitch & Match-Making Session 
To encourage collaborations, we will be hosting a virtual pitch and match-matching session on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 3-4 PM CT. The session is open to all researchers at the University of Chicago, the national labs, and TTIC. Researchers with PI status who are seeking collaborators are encouraged to sign up to give a pitch presentation: a five-minute lightning talk aimed at showcasing their idea and finding collaborators. Register online to attend and/or sign up to pitch your idea: