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Comcast Tech Research & Development Grants Fund

As the largest video, high-speed Internet, and phone provider to residential customers, Comcast Cable is committed to supporting external technical research and open source software development. Over the long term, this can lead to critical insights and advancements that can positively benefit consumers by delivering innovative new generations of products faster than ever before.

The Comcast Technology Research & Development Fund offers funding for researchers at leading academic institutions and elsewhere to support research that is of mutual interest to Comcast and the research community. It also provides funding to support open source software development. While Comcast has supported this kind of work for many years, we are now doing so in a more strategic way.


Types of Grants

 

General Research Grants

A General Research Grant provides an unrestricted award of funds to support researchers at colleges and universities. These grants are focused on supporting excellent technical research in a wide variety of fields that are relevant to the broadband industry and/or to Comcast specifically.

In general, applicants are encouraged to consider grants that may have a cooperative focus, whereby researchers can be matched with a Comcast engineering liaison who will be involved with the research.

Targeted Research Grants

While many Targeted Research Grant ideas may be suggested or generated by our internal teams, we may also fund specific research suggested by submitters that is also of interest to Comcast or to the Internet and broadband industries.

In contrast to General Research Grants, Targeted Research Grants are more narrowly tailored and typically study more specific issues. Applicants are encouraged to consider grants that may have a cooperative focus, whereby researchers can be matched with a Comcast engineering liaison who will be involved with the research. Applicants for these grants may be organizations, academic institutions, or individuals.

Targeted Open Source Development Grants

Targeted Open Source Development Grants are intended to fund new or continued development of open source software in areas of interest to Comcast or of benefit to the Internet and broadband industries. This can fund a range of development, from adding specific features to an existing open source project, to general support of an open source project in which we are interested. Applicants for these grants may be organizations, academic institutions, or individuals.

Topics of interest

 

Networking / Distribution

  • Broadband and Internet Technology
  • Video Technology and Codecs
  • Voice Technology and Codecs
  • Watermarking and Image Processing
  • High Bandwidth Applications
  • Pervasive Computing
  • Targeted Entertainment via Television
  • IPv6
  • Buffer Bloat
  • TCP Congestion Control
  • Self-Organizing Networks
  • Cloud Computing

Measurement / Data Analysis

  • Home Networking Performance Analysis and Diagnostics
  • Network Utilization Measurement
  • Internet Performance Measurement
  • Large Scale Data Stores and Data Analysis
  • Data-Driven Network Diagnostics

Input / User Interface

  • Accessibility
  • Automated Content Recognition
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Semantic Analysis / Natural Language Processing (NLP)
  • Speech Recognition
  • End User / Device Interaction
  • Search and Recommendation

Open Source Development

  • DNSSEC and DANE
  • DNS
  • IPv6
  • Buffer Bloat
  • Home Gateway Software
  • DHCP
  • Web Services
  • Cloud-Related Software

Security / Privacy

  • Malware and Bot Networks
  • Targeted Malware Remediation
  • DNSSEC
  • Cryptographically-Secured Communications
  • New Secure Certificate Systems and Uses
  • Identity Management
  • User Authentication Systems
  • Parental Controls
  • Child Protection Technologies
  • Policy and Standards

New Services

  • Education Technology
  • Remote Learning
  • Telemedicine
  • Home Automation
  • Home Security
  • Internet of Things
  • Immersive Telepresence

Timing of grants

 

Applications can be submitted at any time this program is open. We anticipate announcing grant recipients at least two times per year, but may make announcements more or less frequently depending upon our review cycle. This site will be updated with the timing of grants throughout the year, so be sure to check back regularly.


Funding details

 

Depending upon the type of grant, the funding may take the form of an unrestricted gift to the designated researcher's academic institution or may be a targeted/restricted grant to the applicable individual or organization. Larger grants may also be paid out in increments, such as over time or based upon meeting certain milestones in the work. From time-to-time, Comcast may permit some of the grants to cover expenses to be incurred for work to be performed within an agreed timeframe. Comcast reserves the right, particularly for larger general grants and for all targeted grants, to require additional written agreements governing each grant.

All decisions on whether to accept or reject grants, and the amount of any approved grant, will be made in Comcast's sole discretion through review processes by knowledgeable employees and advisors. Moreover, Comcast may elect to change, expand, reduce or discontinue the scope of this program at any time.