The Black in AI Innovation and Research (BlackAIR) initiative aims to empower Black women to achieve their goals and positively impact their communities through AI innovation. BlackAIR Summer Research Grants aim to provide support for AI Research projects led by Black women.
In Summer 2021, Black in AI is partnering with Stanford University to provide research support, mentorship, and exposure to program participants. Black women at various stages of AI research experience are encouraged to apply. Program participants will be matched with a research mentor whom they will regularly meet (remotely) for research guidance over the course of the grant. Participants will get the opportunity to hear speakers from various Computer Science research fields. The 2021 edition of the program will be held remotely.
Candidates are encouraged to submit an application including a research proposal describing candidates research interests or proposed projects, along with associated expenses up to $1500. Suggested use of funds include research equipments (Sensors, cameras, GPU, computers), software services, data annotations, surveys etc.
Many people asked us for more specific guidelines so we have a suggested proposal structure below along with example proposals. Note that this is not meant to constrain your creativity but help you create a concrete proposal. If you have an idea (e.g. AI + art) that does not fit into this specific proposal structure, please feel free to create one that works for you. If you have specific questions that are not answered in the FAQ you can contact email@example.com.
Required sections are in bold. The overall proposal length is capped at 2 pages. The project title, introduction, proposed project, and milestones must fit on one page, and adhere to the word limit. The budget, references, and figures may spill over to a second page, but no more.
Three example proposals can be found here. If you’re looking for more inspiration on how to write your project proposal or come up with a research question, we recommend checking out resources for structuring NSF graduate research fellowship proposals such as this page from MIT media lab or this page from USC.
Below we have posted the reviewer guidelines to provide applicants as much transparency as possible about the review process. Before reviewers read any application for the program, they should know that:
In order to assist both the meta reviewers and the applicants, we request the following feedback from reviewers for each application. We would like proposals that are not accepted to have constructive feedback that helps the applicants improve their proposal for future submissions. We also ask for specific good points and points for improvement for meta reviewers to aid in participant selection process.