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Call for Proposals for the 2019 Amazon Research Awards

Amazon announced the 11 focus areas of the 2019 Amazon Research Awards, a program that provides up to $80,000 in funding and up to $20,000 in Amazon Web Services (AWS) Promotional Credits to academic researchers investigating topics related to machine learning (ML).

This is the fifth year of the program, which in 2018 funded 82 projects. Each grant is intended to support the work of one or two graduate students or postdocs, under the supervision of a tenured faculty member, for one year. Last year’s grant recipients represented 60 universities in 14 countries, and their projects spanned topics from security, privacy and abuse prevention to automatic photo and video captioning to robotics.

Recipients have access to Amazon datasets that are already public, such as the Amazon Bin Image Dataset. As the funding is granted to the primary investigator’s home institution as an unrestricted gift, Amazon retains no intellectual property rights to the resulting work. Amazon also encourages the publication of the research results and the release of related code under open source licenses.

Each project is assigned an Amazon research contact, who is available for consultation and monitors the project’s progress.

Project proposals, which should not exceed four pages, will be accepted starting September 10. The final deadline for submissions is October 4.

The focus areas for the 2019 Amazon Research Awards are:

  • Computer vision
  • Fairness in artificial intelligence
  • Knowledge management and data quality
  • Machine learning algorithms and theory
  • Natural language processing
  • Online advertising
  • Operations research and optimization
  • Personalization
  • Robotics
  • Search and information retrieval
  • Security, privacy and abuse prevention

Start working on your application today!