Amazon Research Awards issues fall 2021 call for proposals
Submission period opens Aug. 16 and closes on Oct. 8.
As the Amazon Research Awards (ARA) program continues to expand in scope, so does our call for proposals list. To that end, starting Aug. 16, we will open the fall 2021 call for proposals related to eight research areas. The full list, and links to additional details, is below. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 8, 2021.
- Amazon device security and privacy
- Amazon Payments
- AI for information security
- AWS AI
- AWS automated reasoning
- Data for social sustainability
- Prime Video
Proposals will be reviewed for the quality of their scientific content, creativity, and their potential for impact at scale. Proposals related to theory, practice, and novel new techniques are all welcome.
“As Amazon continues to innovate in areas that will ultimately benefit our customers, this fall we will increase our call for proposal research areas to include social sustainability, device and security privacy, Prime Video, and Amazon Payments,” said Stefano Soatto, AWS AI vice president of applied science. “The Amazon Research Awards program continues to grow in scale and we are thrilled to be able to support researchers around the world as they work to solve some truly challenging problems.”
This edition of the call for proposals reflects Amazon's ongoing efforts to collaborate with researchers in a variety of areas.
“We recognize that solving complex social problems require better shared data to enable collaborative and collective action in academia, government, and industry,” said Dara O’Rourke, senior principal scientist, Amazon Sustainability. “We are excited to support researchers at the intersection of data and social science to accelerate innovation in the use of data to strengthen human rights and improve livelihoods around the world.”
ARA provides grant recipients unrestricted funds and AWS promotional credits. Funded projects are assigned an Amazon research contact, and recipients also receive training resources, including AWS tutorials and hands-on sessions with Amazon scientists and engineers.
Before applying, we encourage researchers to visit the ARA website and read our frequently asked questions for more specific program information. We look forward to receiving your submissions.