Researcher Access Program Application

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About the Program

We support researchers who are interested in applying our AI models to their work, particularly those working on computational approaches to emotion science, psychiatry, and AI alignment. 

If you are interested in subsidized access to our APIs, we invite you to apply to our API credits program. The topics listed below are examples of areas of scientific research we currently support. This is not an exhaustive listwe are open to applications in novel research areas, particularly ones relevant to our core mission of aligning technology with human well-being.

Areas of Interest


  • Facial or vocal biomarker detection in diagnoses for mood disorders (e.g. depression), neurological conditions (e.g. Alzheimer’s), or psychoses (e.g. schizophrenia)

  • Changes in language use or expression patterns which might serve as early indicators of cognitive decline or dementia

  • Screening or training tools for individuals with communication disorders or other disabilities

  • Therapeutic applications including pain assessments, usage in counseling or psychotherapy, integration into CBT to help identify and steer patterns of thought

  • Analyzing language or expression patterns while using various substances including alcohol or psychedelics

AI Alignment

  • Use of expressions as proxies of human well-being in order to align AI models
  • Research into potential misuse of AI with emotional intelligence, and effective safeguards 

  • Measuring the empathy or impact on human well-being of an AI model

  • Applying Hume’s expression measurement and custom model APIs to identify and mitigate biases in AI systems


Emotion Science

  • Applying semantic space theory to affective neuroscience to understand emotional processing in the brain

  • Deepening cross-cultural research for more inclusive emotion science and, by extension, empathic AI

  • Analysis of media such as historical documents, art, music, poetry, or movies; historical trends or social movements; emotions depicted in art across time

  • Contemplative studies (mind wandering, creativity, enlightenment, meditation) and studying the therapeutic effects of contemplative practice or mapping thought processes 

  • Child development studies to investigate how children develop emotional concepts, empathy, and associated language skills over time


The above areas reflect our initial scope, but we welcome suggestions for different scientific domains to focus on. We welcome research proposals that address different questions both within and beyond these research domains.

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