How to Apply

Application Instructions

Get started - Covering the basics

 

The application process for a Comcast Technical Research and Development grant is designed to be quick and easy.

  • Complete the online form for the type of grant being applied for.
  • Please include a CV or resume for the researcher(s) or developer(s). Each CV should not exceed two pages.
  • If your research would benefit from access to Comcast's confidential data, please submit a data management statement outlining how any such Comcast confidential data would be used and protected. It is important that any data is anonymized so no individuals or entities are identifiable as a result of the research. Comcast will consider these requests in due course, but is under no obligation to provide access to any data. If Comcast elects to provide any data access in connection with this program, such access will be contingent on signing a data access agreement in the form specified by Comcast.
  • Please include a budget outlining details of the proposed use of the grant. This can be a bulleted list of projected expenditures, as summarized in the application form. The specific dollar amount of the grant will be specified at the time the proposal is accepted, but we do not anticipate grants exceeding $150,000. Please refrain from the use of Excel spreadsheets for budget submission.
  • As noted in the privacy policy below, do not submit any materials you believe are confidential, because you have no expectation of confidentiality in the submission process except with respect to your personally identifiable information.
  • Finally, please specify any previously funded Comcast research you may have conducted, and include results, published articles, or resultant products.

If what you wish to propose does not fit into the format of our online application form, please tell us.


Frequently Asked Questions

 

If you have a question about the Comcast Technology Research & Development Fund, please contact us.

  • Are these expected to be one-year or two-year projects?

    We only support one-year projects.

  • Do you have any limitations on how the budget is used or on indirect costs? Can we put administrative overhead for the university in as "other" expenses (eg paid faculty such as researchers and assistants, overhead costs for the university, etc.)?

    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.

  • Can we modify our monetary requests?

    The budget can be modified before we approve the proposal.

  • What is the maximum character-count allowed under each inquiry?

    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.

  • Are funds open to applicants outside the US?

    Yes. Grant funds are available globally to researchers both within and outside the US.

  • What time of year does the fund accept new submissions?

    Funding is available year round, so please send your submission as soon as it is ready.

  • I've done global-consulting work with technical and product teams, working on platforms to support deployment. This particular support platform will be built using open source components. I'm looking at all options to fund this effort.

    Our three main funding avenues are: General Research, Targeted Research, and Open Source Development.

  • Does Comcast only fund research related to fixed networks, or does it accept research related to wireless cellular networks as well?

    Comcast is interested in a wide range of networking technologies.

  • Do tech fund gifts require Purchase Orders (POs)?

    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 Tech 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.


How to Write a Successful Grant Proposal

 

Your proposal will be reviewed by the Tech Fund Steering Committee at Comcast, representing a wide range of disciplines and functions. Below are some suggestions to help you create an effective proposal.

  • Be specific about what you want to achieve.

    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.

  • State how the funding will be used and why your proposal should be chosen.

    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.

  • Explain how your work is different or unique relative to the state-of-the-art in your field of R&D.

    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.

  • Explain how you will carry out the research or development.

    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.

  • Comcast Liaisons.

    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.

  • All of the above matters.

    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.


Confidentiality and Use Policy

 

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.