Comcast Innovation Fund: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: The Comcast Innovation Fund awards grants to investigators studying a wide variety of topics relevant to the broadband industry.

IP TAKE: Organizations, academic institutions and individuals are eligible for Comcast Innovation Fund grants.

PROFILE: The Comcast Innovation Fund launched in 2013 as a grantmaking program of Comcast, one of the country’s largest residential video, internet and phone providers. The Innovation Fund “[o]ffers funding for researchers at leading academic institutions and elsewhere to support research that is of mutual interest to Comcast and the research community.” The fund also provides grants to open source software development projects.

The fund’s Research Grant program offers general and targeted grants. General grants offer unrestricted funding to investigations related to the broadband industry and those relevant to Comcast specifically. Comcast awards targeted research grants to investigators studying specific issues. Although Comcast supports a wide range of research topics, grantseekers can explore some of their specific topics of interest here.

Comcast’s Open Source Development Grants support the new or continued development of open source software. Open Source grants go to support general operating costs as well as specific projects.

Grant amounts typically range from $3,000 to $100,000. The fund awards Innovation grants on a rolling basis and accepts grant applications and requests for funding throughout the year. Comcast typically pays out grants all at once; however, the fund may pay out larger grants in increments or based on the meeting of stated milestones.

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