Expanding AI Innovation through Capacity Building and Partnerships (ExpandAI)

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Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Supports capacity-development projects and partnerships within the National AI Research Institutes ecosystem that help broaden participation in artificial intelligence research, education and workforce development.


The National Science Foundation and its partners support the continued growth of a broad and diverse interdisciplinary research community for the advancement of AI and AI-powered innovation, providing a unique opportunity to broadly promote the NSF vision and core values, especially inclusion and collaboration. The Expanding AI Innovation through Capacity Building and Partnerships (ExpandAI) program aims to significantly broaden participation in AI research, education, and workforce development through capacity development projects and through partnerships within the National AI Research Institutes ecosystem.

Program contacts

For all inquiries, you can email the entire program team at:

Primary Contacts 

  • James Donlon, CISE/IIS, Program co-lead
  • Abby Ilumoka, EHR/DUE, Program co-lead
  • Neeti Pokhriyal, CISE/IIS, Science Fellow, AI Institutes Program 

Additional Program Contacts

  • Rebecca Hwa, CISE/IIS
  • Michelle Rogers, CISE/EWF
  • Subrata Acharya, CISE/EWF
  • Rebecca Shearman, TIP/ITE
  • Jeremy Guinn, EHR/HRD
  • Amy Baylor, EHR/DRL
  • Christine Grant, ENG/EEC
  • Kemi Ladeji-Osias, ENG/EEC
  • Aranya Chakrabortty, ENG/ECCS
  • Shahab Shojaei-Zadeh, ENG/CBET
  • Laura Anderson, MPS/CHE
ExpandAI Program Team
ExpandAIProgram@nsf.gov (703) 292-5111 CISE/IIS

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