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Grant Program: AI-Driven Digital Platforms to Expand and Accelerate STEM Learning in PreK–12 Settings, Theme 6 Track A of the NSF National Artificial Intelligence Institute Competition
Contact: Dr. Christina Chhin
(202) 245-7736

IES has partnered with the National Science Foundation (NSF) in a new funding initiative to encourage scientists to focus on research and development of AI-driven innovations to radically improve human learning and education.

This initiative is the National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes—Accelerating Research, Transforming Society, and Growing the American Workforce solicitation. NCER plans to support research under Theme 6 Track A — AI-Driven Digital Platforms to Expand and Accelerate STEM Learning in PreK–12 Settings. Under Track A, NSF and the National Center for Education Research intend to fund an institute that will advance AI research on digital learning platforms and create next-generation architectures for preK–12 STEM learning. Through this track, researchers are invited to propose to study the design and implementation of AI technologies (such as intelligent/cognitive tutors) that support highly adaptable, personalized, and distributed systems to expand access, equity, and depth of learning across diverse learners, institutions, and settings.

Please visit the NSF competition website for more information on the solicitation, including a link to the webinar (November 16, 2021) and frequently asked questions. If you would like to know if your idea is a good fit for this competition, please send a 1–2 page summary and any questions to the IES and NSF program officers listed below:

Christina Chhin (
Amy L. Baylor (
Tatiana D. Korelsky (
Leilah Lyons (
Rob Ochsendorf (
Li Yang (