Welcome to the Comcast Innovation 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 Innovation 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.

Other Comcast-NBCUniversal Programs

The Comcast Innovation Fund is focused on Internet technology R&D and open source Internet software. If your project doesn’t fit into the Comcast Innovation Fund area of interest please check out these other offerings.

Comcast’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Comcast RISE

Each of these is managed separately from the Comcast Innovation Fund. Please see each program’s website for its application criteria and process.

Areas of Interest

We are broadly interested in things that make the Internet run or that run on the Internet. The areas of interest list is as long and as broad as the Internet itself.

Covid-19 effects on the Internet is a special focus area of interest for the 2021 funding year.

Other areas of interest include proposals related to Network and User Security; All things Video, including Caching, Streaming, Transport, Encoding, Distribution and Production; Content Delivery Networks; DNS Operations and Management; Encrypted DNS; Broadband; Routing; Home Security; Network Optimization and Measurement; Faster Wifi, and the list goes on ….

Our Innovation Fund annual reports list the projects we’ve funded since our opening in 2013.

Types of Grants

OPEN SOURCE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

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.

General and Target RESEARCH GRANTS

Research Grants can be either general or targeted.

A general research grant provides an unrestricted award of funds to support researchers, usually 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 contrast, a targeted research grant is more narrowly tailored and typically study more specific issues. In either case, 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 even individuals.

Useful & Interesting Things Grants

Beyond Open Source and Researchers from Institutions we also will give grants to fund work that contributes to the Internet novel and useful ways. Applicants can be individuals who are working on ideas, or technologies, or approaches that are useful and valuable to the Internet. Sometimes it’s a conference that’s being organized, or a new piece of hardware that’s being invented. Either way, it helps advance the growth of the Internet and the Internet Community.

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