AWS AI: Generative AI call for proposals — Spring 2023

Funding Agency:

AWS offers a broad and deep set of tools for businesses to create impactful machine learning solutions faster. Our mission is to share our learnings and ML capabilities as fully managed services, and put them into the hands of every scientist and developer.

AWS AI aims to advance machine learning research by funding development of open-source tools and research that benefit the machine learning community at large, or impactful research that uses machine learning tools on AWS, including AWS AI Services, AWS ML Services (AWS AI Services, AWS ML Services (Amazon SageMakerAmazon SageMaker Ground TruthAmazon SageMaker Neo, and Amazon Augmented AI), and Apache MXNet on AWS.

AWS AI is soliciting funding proposals related to generative AI. We specifically aim to solicit funding proposals that focus on innovation related to supporting annotators with machine learning and artificial intelligence. Proposals should be attached to one or more of the following themes:

  1. New approaches that improve the capabilities of foundational models without fine-tuning: chaining, advanced prompting techniques (e.g., chain of thought, self-consistency), integration with external services and APIs, data augmented generation, etc.).
  2. Novel approaches that improve the capabilities of generative models to perform complex and composite tasks, potentially involving multiple types of inputs and outputs (text, images, videos, audio, structured data).
  3. Novel approaches for using generative models to create synthetic data sets at scale with specified properties.
  4. Work on open source projects that provide building blocks for developing applications with generative AI.
  5. New approaches to responsibly building and operating generative models, including measuring, preventing or mitigating hallucinations, biases or other forms of harmful or undesired output.

Other generative AI topics are also welcome.

Deadline: April 26, 2023

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for an ARA Program award (“Award”), the Principal Investigator must be (1) either a full-time faculty member at an accredited academic institution or a permanent researcher at a non-governmental organization with recognized legal status in their respective country (equivalent to 501(c)(3) status under the United States Internal Revenue Code) and (2) at or above the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of application. Each Principal Investigator is permitted to submit only one proposal to the ARA Program per call for proposal period.



Amount Description

Selected Principal Investigators (PIs) may receive the following:

  • Unrestricted funds, no more than $70,000 USD on average
  • AWS Promotional Creditsno more than $50,000 USD on average
  • Training resources, including AWS tutorials and hands-on sessions with Amazon scientists and engineers

Awards are structured as one-year unrestricted gifts. The budget should include a list of expected costs specified in USD, and should not include administrative overhead costs. The final award amount will be determined by the awards panel.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

April 26, 2023