The application process for a Comcast Innovation Fund grant is designed to be quick and easy.
If what you wish to propose does not fit into the format of our online application form, please tell us.
If you have a question about the Comcast Innovation Fund, please contact us.
We only support one-year projects.
The proposal needs to describe how the budget is going to be used, so we cannot support indirect costs. Overhead pay and "other expenses" is not permissible. Please put the faculty and research assistants into one figure.
The budget can be modified before we approve the proposal.
There is no character-limit. However, we are seeking simple, clear, and well-articulated proposals. If a field on the submission form is not labeled as "mandatory," please use your discretion.
Yes. Grant funds are available globally to researchers both within and outside the US.
Funding is available year round, so please send your submission as soon as it is ready.
Our three main funding avenues are: General Research, Targeted Research, and Open Source Development.
Comcast is interested in a wide range of networking technologies.
POs are not required. However, you must create and submit an invoice. All dispersed funds will require invoices. In order to receive payment from the Comcast Innovation Fund of awards, the award recipient institution or individual needs to have an account on the Comcast Accounts Payable (AP) portal system. In the event of a grant being made, a link to the AP system will be sent to the award recipient or designated grant manager to enable an account to be created. It is the responsibility of the awardee to ensure that this creation on an account on the AP portal occurs. No moneys can be paid with out this process being completed.
Your proposal will be reviewed by the Innovation Fund Steering Committee at Comcast, representing a wide range of disciplines and functions. Below are some suggestions to help you create an effective proposal.
Your proposal should include a clear and well-defined problem statement. Clearly state what you want to achieve and how you will do so. Also, let us know if the funding you seek is part of a larger project, or one which is funded elsewhere. This is not necessarily an impediment, but it is important for us to know.
Describe the potential outcome of your research or development, including what specific areas require funding and how the funding will be applied. For example, will your research provide incremental progress along a given technical trajectory, or is it revolutionary? Likewise, if your proposal relates to open source, please indicate when the software will be available, how widely might it be used or distributed (and whether it scales), which open source license governs the software, and whether you are a project committer resourced to contribute code. Also, explain any best/worst-case outcomes.
It is important to indicate in the proposal if you will require access to Comcast-specific data or technical requirements. If so, please be advised that privacy is a very important part of how we do business. As such we will need to ensure that any requested data will not compromise our subscribers' privacy in any way. Any requested data also may be subject to applicable laws or end-user policies.
While your ideas may be clear to you, please bear in mind that the individuals who review your application may not be experts in your specific field. Therefore, it is critical to provide an explanation that helps both experts and non-experts understand what your research can offer that's not already out there.
In addition to clearly identifying the problem you plan to investigate, it will be beneficial to describe how you intend to carry out the research or development. In doing so, please identify the risks you may encounter, and how you might mitigate them. In R&D, failure is often a form of progress, so it's important to record the challenges you encounter in your work.
In the event you are selected to receive a grant, Comcast may assign an internal project liaison to interface with you. If you have worked with Comcast technical personnel on related research or technical projects, please feel free to identify such personnel as potential liaisons in your submission.
As you draft your proposal, remember that you are selling an idea. Be complete, but refrain from providing an amount of detail that may bog down individual and group reviews. Be enthusiastic. It can be contagious, and you want the review committee to be enthusiastic, too. Finally, if the funds need to be in a currency other than U.S. Dollars, please indicate that in your submission.
No Expectation of Confidentiality or Restrictions on Use: Comcast has no obligation of confidentiality with respect to any materials you submit in connection with your proposal(s) hereunder. Accordingly, do not submit any confidential or proprietary information in connection with your submission that you do not want Comcast or third parties to use. You also acknowledge and agree that while you may have independently developed the ideas and data in your proposal, Comcast, its affiliates and service providers, and/or other submitters may have developed, may be developing or may in the future develop the same or similar ideas or data. You shall not be entitled to any compensation if Comcast or any third party develops or otherwise uses the ideas or data you submitted or similar to what you submitted.