The Amazon Research Awards (ARA) program offers awards of up to $80,000 in cash and $20,000 in AWS promotional credits to faculty members at academic institutions in North America and Europe for research in these areas:
- Computer vision
- General AI
- Knowledge management and data quality
- Machine learning
- Machine translation
- Natural language understanding
- Search and information retrieval
- Security, privacy and abuse prevention
The ARA program funds projects conducted primarily by PhD students or post docs, under the supervision of the faculty member awarded the funds. To encourage collaboration and the sharing of insights, each funded proposal team is assigned an appropriate Amazon research contact. Amazon invites ARA recipients to speak at Amazon offices worldwide about their work, meet with Amazon research groups face-to-face, and encourages ARA recipients to publish their research outcome and commit related code to open-source code repositories.
Submissions are to be made online and details including rules and who may apply are located here.