Who Can Apply?
- The project PI (Principle Investigator) must be a full-time professor (assistant, associate, etc) at a university or degree-granting research institution around the world. The application must be submitted by the PI.
- The project PI and team members should conduct research in AI fields including machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing and speech signal processing. The specific research fields are introduced in Attachment 1.
- The employer of the project PI (i.e. the university) can sign a sponsored research agreement or gift fund agreement with Tencent.
How to Apply?
Download the application form template from Attachment 2, complete it, and submit it with your browser on PC.
If the application is submitted successfully, you’ll receive the confirmation email from firstname.lastname@example.org within 24 hours.
You can log in to update your application at any time before the application deadline.
Please do not include any confidential information or sensitive data in the proposal.
How Applications will Be Reviewed？
The review will take into account the research background of the applicant and team, the innovation and feasibility of the research plan. The results of the application will be notified via email to all applicants. About 20 to 30 projects will be sponsored in 2021.
How to Start a Project?
For each supported project, the coordinator from Tencent AI Lab will discuss the final project plan and budget with the project PI. The project budget will be determined based on the project plan and ranges between USD40,000 and USD60,000.
After the project plan is fixed, the program management team will cooperate with the project PI and university to sign a sponsored research agreement or gift fund agreement.
In principle, the project PI cannot quit the project or be replaced.
The project period is generally one year.
Before closing the project, the PI should submit a project report, and a meeting or tele-conference will be organized to review the project.
After the agreement is signed, where the project cannot be carried out due to reasons attributable to the PI, the termination procedure must be completed, and an expense report submitted. The balance of the allocated budget will be refunded to Tencent based on the actual expense of the project.
When Is the Deadline for Submitting an Application?
Application deadline: 15:00, January 26th, 2021 (Beijing time, UTC+8)
Notification date: March 2021
Tencent AI Lab Rhino-Bird Focused Research Program Review Board: Focused_Research@tencent.com