Open laptop screen shows ChatGPT Enterprise at ASU

AI Innovation Challenge at ASU call for proposals is now open

On January 18, Arizona State University (ASU) made global headlines as the first university to collaborate with OpenAI, the AI research and deployment company behind ChatGPT.

The collaboration brings the advanced capabilities of ChatGPT Enterprise into higher education, setting a new precedent for how universities enhance learning, creativity and student outcomes.

Starting today, the university launched its AI Innovation Challenge – welcoming ASU’s faculty and staff to submit proposals to access ChatGPT Enterprise.

The following materials are now available for those interested: 

  • A repository of frequently asked questions 
  • Proposals guidelines and requirements
  • A series of Q&A sessions are now available

The Challenge ensures that ASU’s knowledge core – the faculty and staff who lead in exploration, research and discovery – are at the forefront of shaping the use of ChatGPT Enterprise in academic and work environments. 

Project submissions for the AI Innovation Challenge at ASU are now being accepted. Submissions will be evaluated in alignment with ASU’s Charter and the program goals, some of which include: innovation and originality, the potential for significant impact, feasibility and clarity of the implementation plan.

For additional information, visit the AI Innovation Challenge website.

AI at Arizona State University

The collaboration between ASU and OpenAI builds on ASU’s commitment to exploring AI in all forms

For example, ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise – which leads the university’s groundbreaking research activity – has 19 centers, initiatives and laboratories dedicated to exploring and activating AI models, resulting in over $340M in active awards.

And when it comes to the introduction of generative AI, ASU leads the way. Last year, a series of efforts to upskill, train and surface best practices ensured the university was primed to lead in the meaningful adoption of generative AI. This work included:

  • The launch of AI Acceleration brings together a new team of technologists dedicated to creating the next generation of AI tools. 
  • Dedicated communities of practice surface meaningful opportunities and ethical considerations; for example, the Generative AI Community of Practice
  • The launch of a new training course called Teaching and Learning with Generative AI. The self-paced course, which has enrolled over 1,000 Sun Devils to date, includes six learning modules that progress across areas of knowledge, skill and application of genAI tools.  

ASU’s collaboration with OpenAI is an important step as the university continues to chart the future of AI in higher education. For more information on the collaboration and the AI Innovation Challenge, visit