Collaborations in Artificial Intelligence and Geosciences (CAIG)

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

The Collaborations in Artificial Intelligence and Geosciences (CAIG) program seeks to advance the development and adoption of innovative artificial intelligence (AI) methods to increase scientific understanding of the Earth system. The program supports projects that advance AI techniques and/or innovative uses of sophisticated or novel AI methods to enable significant breakthroughs in addressing geoscience research question(s). The program also supports efforts that increase adoption of innovative AI-driven approaches among geoscientists, including by expanding access to cyberinfrastructure (CI) and by building capacity for use of AI methods among diverse groups and institutions.

Awards are expected to fund interdisciplinary teams of 2-3 lead collaborating Senior Personnel and associated students, postdoctoral researchers, research software engineers, and/or similar staff.

Projects may be up to 3 years in duration. This program solicitation announces an initial 2024 competition for Collaborations in Artificial Intelligence and Geosciences (CAIG) proposals. Outcomes of this initial competition, including early results from funded projects, will inform possible future funding opportunities for CAIG.

Deadline: March 15, 2024

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Eligibility Requirements

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations located in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activities.
  • Other Federal Agencies and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs): Proposers must contact a program director from the list of Cognizant Program Officers before preparing a proposal for submission. NSF-sponsored FFRDCs may submit, provided that they are not including costs for which federal funds have already been awarded or are expected to be awarded.

An individual may be designated as Senior Personnel (which includes but is not limited to PI or co-PI) on at most two proposals. NSF's definition for "Senior Personnel" is provided in PAPPG Exhibit II-3.

These eligibility constraints will be strictly enforced in order to treat everyone fairly and consistently. In the event that an individual exceeds this limit, proposals received within the limit will be accepted based on earliest date and time of proposal submission (i.e., the first proposal received will be accepted, and the remainder will be returned without review). No exceptions will be made.

Amount Description

Estimated Number of Awards: 10 to 15

The estimated number of awards indicates the number of projects (including collaborative awards) expected to be supported.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $6,000,000 to $10,000,000

The anticipated funding amount is the total for all awards through this program solicitation. Estimated program budget, number of awards, and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

March 15, 2024