The NRI-2.0 program supports fundamental research in the United States that will accelerate the development and use of collaborative robots (co-robots) that work beside or cooperatively with people. The program supports four main research thrusts that are envisioned to advance the goal of ubiquitous co-robots: scalability, customizability, lowering barriers to entry, and societal impact. Collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit, and other organizations is encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science and engineering and technology development, deployment, and use. The NRI-2.0 program is supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation, USDA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Academic institutions and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for grant awards ranging from $250,000 to $1.5 million.
Applications are due by February 19, 2019.