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Grants to USA Teachers, Researchers, and Creators of Digital Platforms to Develop Learning Technology

DARPA AI Tools for Adult Learning

GrantWatch ID# 206515
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), Learning Agency LLC, Georgia State University
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/10/22
LOI Date: 12/18/22
Deadline: 02/24/23 11:59 PM PT

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories teachers, researchers, students, and creators of digital learning platforms to develop and build technology that will support learning complex topics without utilizing human tutors. Applicants must submit a preliminary proposal prior to applying. Funding is intended to create technology that will increase learning access to all adults.

DARPA is especially interested in surfacing ideas that leverage intelligent tutoring to allow adult learners to self-direct learning and develop critical skills. A growing body of evidence demonstrates the power of tutoring as a means to teach all learners quickly and effectively. Yet, programs that rely on human tutors are costly. Recent advances in AI have made way for computer-based tutoring systems that use AI to personalize instruction in real-time based on learner responses. These systems have the potential to drastically reduce the cost of high-quality tutoring, and therefore increase access for all learners.

In addition to receiving funds, winners will have the opportunity to connect with prominent learning science researchers, ed tech leaders, and representatives of large philanthropic organizations to scale their work.

Each proposal will be evaluated on six criteria in addition to the eligibility requirements for the given award level:

  • Potential impact and likelihood to improve learning
  • Attention to equity to support learning of historically marginalized populations
  • Demand from adults, employers, and communities
  • Ability to support rapid experimentation and continuous improvement
  • Ability to scale to additional users and/or domains
  • Team passion, and readiness to execute

There are three award levels:

  • Catalyst Phase Awards: These awards are designed for participants including students, teachers, civic technologists, or those who need that initial spark of support to get started. Participants requesting a Catalyst Phase award need not have pre-existing users.
  • Growth Phase Awards: These awards are designed for teams that have a minimum viable product with some users upon which their new idea will build.
  • Transform Phase Awards: These awards are designed for established platforms with more than 10,000 users.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
DARPA invites technologists, digital learning platform creators, researchers, students and teachers to propose innovative tools or technologies that address the critical challenges facing adult learners.

Please note: DARPA’s AI Tools for Adult Learning is open to United States citizens, permanent residents, or U.S. entities. Non-U.S. participants can participate as part of a team but are not eligible to directly receive any portion of the award.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Join an info session on Thursday, November 10 at 1pm EST.

Register online:

The info session will feature remarks from Joshua Elliott, DARPA AI Tools for Adult Learning Program Manager, as well as a live Q&A.

Pre-Application Information
- Phase 1, concept proposal: due December 18, 2022 (11:59pm Pacific Time)
- Phase 2, detailed proposal with budget: due February 24, 2023 (11:59pm Pacific Time)
- Phase 3, Pitch with a panel of judges: May 2023
- Winners Notified: July 2023
- Product Review Day: Fall 2023
Demo Day: Spring 2024

How to Participate:


Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Catalyst Phase Awards: $50,000
Growth Phase Awards: $100,000
Transform Phase Awards: $250,000

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