The AWS Research Initiatives (ARI) program supports ground-breaking research in collaboration with National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the field of Computer, Biomedical, Engineering and Information Science. With the advancements of technologies and platforms such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, big data, Internet of Things, as well as edge and high performance computing, ARI awards aim to help researchers accelerate the pace of innovation.


Awards consists of a combination of federal funds and AWS resources. Researchers from universities and colleges, nonprofits, non-academic organizations, and state and local government can apply via NSF/NIH solicitations, requesting AWS as their cloud for research.

Collaboration and Training

The program is expected to foster collaboration between researchers and AWS scientists based on their proposed research domains. AWS participates to support research, and help accelerate innovation in the field. We will also provide training resources, expertise and content support for proposals, as well as tutorials on relevant AWS services.

Research Workshops

We will invite community to research workshops jointly organized with NSF/NIH, offering a forum for discussing progress and interacting with other award recipients and Amazon scientists. See updates and announcements for meetings and workshops.

AWS Research Credits

Awards include AWS research credits that can be redeemed toward eligible AWS services.


“Teaming with Amazon Web Services will give NIH researchers powerful cloud-based resources to more efficiently collaborate and analyze data,” said Andrea T. Norris, Director of NIH’s Center for Information Technology and NIH Chief Information Officer. “Expanding our cloud service provider network will allow us to provide the research community access to the tools they need to advance science. AWS’s longstanding leadership in the cloud space will help bolster the innovative research being conducted through NIH support.”

“In today's era of data-driven science and engineering, we are pleased to work with the AWS Research Initiative via the NSF BIGDATA program, to provide cloud resources for our Nation’s researchers to foster and accelerate discovery and innovation." Dr. Jim Kurose, Assistant Director, Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate (CISE), National Science Foundation (NSF)

Applicants may request AWS as their cloud for research via NSF solicitations. Requests for AWS Cloud Credits must adhere to a 70-30 split between NSF funding and cloud service equivalents, respectively. Tools for cost estimation in the proposal may include our Simple Monthly Calculator for AWS compute, storage and networking costs, as well as the Spot Instance Advisor or AWS Spot Bid Advisor[LR1] for Spot Instances pricing. Click here for details on 2018 solicitations.

Please contact Sanjay Padhi, Ph.D., AWS Representative for NSF, using the form below.