Office of Research

Allen Distinguished Investigators (ADI) Program 2014

The Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) Program seeks to fund a select group of investigators to pursue new, pioneering research in academic settings that, collectively, ‘move the needle’ towards answering broad scientific questions. The most promising proposals will incorporate novel, creative, and ambitious approaches. For this reason, the program is especially interested in proposals that are unlikely to receive funding from traditional governmental sources.


This 2014 request for proposals (RFP) focuses on three fundamental Artificial Intelligence topics:

(1) Machine Reading

(2) Diagram Interpretation and

(3) Spatial and Temporal Reasoning.


These topics are aligned with the vision of the Allen Institute for AI (, but the AI ADI program is a distinct program funded and administered by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

Application Instructions

Please submit a two-page letter of intent with a list of all anticipated investigators, description of proposed aims and approach, Biosketch of the PI, and a letter of support from the Dean or Chair to by 5:00 PM Thursday, April 24, 2014. Full proposals are due to the sponsor on 5/30/14, so you will need to have your materials in to the Office of Sponsored Programs by 5/23/14 for processing, if given the go ahead by the Proposal Review Committee.

Opportunity Details

Program web page

Program Announcement No.


04/24/2014 UW Internal Deadline Closed
05/23/2014 OSP Deadline
05/30/2014 Sponsor Deadline

Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Funding amount


Maximum Number of Applications


Eligible groups
  • All campus

Inquiries and Contact Information

Investigators who identify a grant, award or fellowship program that restricts the number of applications that can be submitted from an Institution should immediately contact their Chairperson, Associate Dean for Research (or Dean, if no ADR) and the Office of Research (see below) if they intend to prepare a response. Failure to do so, or to meet the deadlines for submission of pre-proposal, will preclude submission of the application through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

For general inquiries, or to request a listing of a limited submission opportunity that should be but is not already listed, please email us at