Through a Call for Research Proposals process managed by University of California, Berkeley and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, DTI annually grants up to 26 awards of up to $250,000 for 12 months in duration to research scientists affiliated with the DTI consortium. In addition to the awards, DTI provides recipients with cloud computing, supercomputing, data, and software resources. This includes unlimited use of the C3 AI Suite and access to scientific supercomputing resources at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at UIUC and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC).

Multidisciplinary and multi-institution projects are favored. Recipients are encouraged to conduct breakthrough research and to pursue and establish larger research projects with federal and other funding sources. Award recipients are expected to disseminate the results of their research during the award period, and all research results, methods, and algorithms, including algorithms and software, are made available in the public domain (non-exclusive royalty-free).