Amazon Research Awards

Our Mission

The Amazon Research Awards (ARA) program offers awards of up to $80,000 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
  • Personalization
  • Robotics
  • Search and information retrieval
  • Security, privacy and abuse prevention
  • Speech

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. We also invite ARA recipients to speak at Amazon offices worldwide about their work and to meet with our research groups face-to-face, and encourage ARA recipients to publish their research outcome and commit related code to open-source code repositories.

As a part of our goal to advance scientific research, Amazon collaborates with academic institutions world-wide to support multi-year initiatives through our University Amazon Research Awards program. Unlike our Faculty Amazon Research Awards program, we do not accept applications for University Amazon Research Awards.

In 2018-2020, Amazon will dedicate 420,000 Euro (500,000 US-Dollars) of Amazon Research Awards (ARA) annually, to the Max Planck Society. Max Planck Society will use this funding to support PhD candidates and post-doctoral research within the field of scope covered by the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. For more information about the Amazon-Max Planck collaboration, visit the announcement page.