A Distributed AI Research Lab

In April, Nat launched AIGrant.org. The idea was simple: fill out an application, get a grant for $5,000 to work on open source AI. No committees to convince. No university to attend. Just a five-minute form.

People seemed to like it: we received nearly 500 applications from more than 50 countries. After a few weeks of screening, we selected our first 10 Fellows. Our projects range from many-body quantum system simulation to hardware-accelerated deep learning in the browser, a GAN to simulate brain activity and more.

So what’s next? I’m happy to announce that I’m joining Nat as co-founder of AI Grant. Together, we’re excited to announce AI Grant 2.0!

Like a good neural net, we’ve back-propagated and improved. AI Grant 2.0 Fellows will receive some new treats, including:

  • $20,000 each in Google Compute Engine credits.
  • Exclusive Q&A with AI experts including Andrej Karpathy (Director of AI at Tesla and previously at OpenAI) and researchers at Google.

This is in addition to the standard perks, which include:

  • $2,500 in cash.
  • Access to the AI Grant network.
  • 250 Tesla K80 GPU hours from FloydHub.
  • $1,000 in ScaleAPI data labeling credits.
  • $5,000 in CrowdFlower data labeling credits.

We’ve learned from the previous cohort that $2,500 will satisfy the needs of most projects. We’d like to thank CRV for their generous contribution, which will fund the next 20 grants.

Our aspiration with AI Grant is to build a distributed AI lab. We’re starting by issuing grants to the smartest people we can find, doing interesting work that might otherwise not happen, and connecting them to mentors and experts, and to each other.

How Do I Apply?

  • August 25th: Applications Due. That’s a month from today. The clock starts now!
  • September 12th: Finalists selected and applicants notified.
  • September 24th: Final winners selected and announced.

Stop reading, and click here to start the application. Don’t wait!

But I have more questions!

Fine. Click here to read our FAQ. But apply today!