California Education Learning Lab's AI Challenge

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The California Education Learning Lab is pleased to announce two grant opportunities to promote AI-integrated innovation in teaching and learning at California Community Colleges, and California State University and University of California campuses. Funding opportunities will help position California public higher education faculty as thought leaders and changemakers in the intersection between AI and education. 


Eligibility: University of California, California State University, California Community Colleges

AI Grand Challenge
Leveraging AI for Teaching and Learning
AI Grand will support large-scale projects that empower faculty to be leaders in the development of AI use, understanding, and capability and enhance teaching and learning outcomes through intersegmental partnerships.

• Intend to award 3 to 6 grants, up to $1.5 million each 
• Project duration of 24 to 42 months 
• Application requires a 3-stage process  
• Statement of Intent due June 7, 2024 

For more information, including how to apply, visit our AI Grand Challenge webpage. 

AI FAST Challenge
Funding for Accelerated Study and Transformation
AI FAST will support nimble, innovative research and development projects led by individual faculty, institutions, or cohorts of institutions within the same public higher education system. 

• Intend to award up to 25 grants, $25,000 to $200,000 each  
• Project duration of 12 to 18 months 
• Application requires up to 3-stage process 
• Statement of Intent accepted on rolling basis, June 7 through October 10, 2024, or until grants are exhausted 

For more information, including how to apply, visit our AI FAST Challenge webpage. 

Both AI Challenges invite proposals along four tracks:

Track 1: Essential Disciplinary Knowledge, Understanding, and Skills

Track 2: Optimizing Teaching, Learning, and Student Advancement

Track 3: Accuracy, Authenticity, and Assessment

Track 4: Wildcard

AI Grand and AI Fast Challenge awardees will be part of a collaborative Learning Lab cohort on AI in Higher Education. 


Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

Faculty or permanent teaching and learning staff at University of California, California State University, or California Community Colleges must be the lead applicant. AI Grand Challenge awards are institutional grants, and must involve a partnership between at least two of the three segments of public higher education (example: CCC and UC, CCC and CSU, CSU and UC). Projects must be about teaching and learning in one of the four tracks described.

Eligible Geographies:

Any public institution in California.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Between 12-42 months

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
See Notes Below
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
3 – 28
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$25,000 – $1,500,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Yes ( see Description for details )
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.

Available Funding Notes:

AI Grand Challenge will award between 3-6 projects of up to $1.5 million. AI FAST Challenge will award up to 25 grants of between $25,000 and $200,000. These numbers may change depending on the 2024-25 Budget Act.

The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

Governor's Office of Planning and Research.

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Selena Burns, 1-866-325-3222,