Throughout its history, TRI has engaged with university partners to conduct sponsored research in artificial intelligence. During our first five years from 2016 through 2020, TRI supported work at Michigan, MIT, and Stanford. Separately, TRI leads a research consortium with a dozen universities for conducting accelerated materials design and discovery (AMDD). TRI will expand its collaborative research program to additional academic institutions for the next period, beginning in 2021. The joint research projects are focused on achieving breakthroughs around difficult technological challenges in TRI’s research areas: Automated Driving, Robotics and Machine Assisted Cognition. Our innovation is also driven to advance the state of science and contribute to the greater research community.
The objectives of the Joint TRI-University program include:
Adding significant new knowledge and understanding to the field of artificial intelligence.
Demonstrating the potential to radically advance areas beyond the state of the art.
Promoting the transfer of knowledge through the meaningful exchange of scientific and technical information between TRI researchers and university partners.
Creating the potential for the creation and sharing of community infrastructure, including data and software, to further research, promote reproducibility, and support education.
Joint TRI-University Projects
The joint research projects focus on achieving breakthroughs around difficult technological challenges in TRI’s research areas: Automated Driving, Robotics and Machine Assisted Cognition. Our innovation is also driven to advance the state of science and contribute to the greater research community.
Proposed research topics should align with and contribute to the TRI research areas.In exceptional cases, the program may consider topics with high potential for revolutionary advance despite not aligning strongly with the TRI mission.
A TRI researcher should serve as an active member of the university research team, not simply a sponsor. In exceptional cases, the program may consider projects with high potential for revolutionary advances despite the absence of a TRI researcher as an active member.
Download the official solicitation for details about specific research opportunities, eligibility, process, format of written materials and submission guidelines.
Applying for a project is a three-step process: (i) discussion with TRI researchers, (ii) white papers, and (iii) proposals.
The discussion with TRI researchers will analyze the topics of interest and explore specific research projects around technological challenges. Proposed projects should align with and contribute to the TRI mission. In exceptional cases, the program may consider topics with high potential for revolutionary advance despite not aligning strongly with the TRI mission. The white paper will address the proposed technical approach, and a proposal will describe how the proposer will conduct the proposed research. Guidance for drafting white papers and proposals, including format and the information each must contain, plus eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria and details on project awarding can be found in the respective documents linked above.
12/16/19 — Research Announcements
1/1/20 - 1/31/20 — Open Discussion by University PI(s), TRI Researcher(s) and TRI Mentor(s)
3/2/20 — Request from TRI for White Papers
3/31/20 — White Papers Due [jointly authored by University PI(s) and TRI researcher(s)]
5/1/20 — Request from TRI for Proposals
5/29/20 — Proposals Due [jointly authored by University PI(s)and TRI researcher(s)]
6/30/20 — Awards
7/1/20 - 12/31/20 — Principal Investigators hire students and staff
4/1/21 — Kickoff (start work on funded projects)
Submission of a white paper or proposal should be e-mailed to: