Alibaba Innovative Research

Alibaba Innovative Research (AIR) programme and Alibaba Research Fellow (ARF) programme act as a bridge that connects Alibaba Group and the researchers from world-wide top universities and research institutes. Through these programmes, we intend to support the frontier studies in computer science and the related areas that can solve the actual problems in industry scenarios. We will provide research funding, real-life business scenarios, and other necessary supports to the successful applicants. We sincerely invite you to collaborate with Alibaba scientists and to discover, define and solve the valuable research problem in Alibaba.

Application Requirements

Applicant must be a full-time faculty member or research staff at a non-profit academic, university or research institution. We do not accept the case that a qualified researcher helps another non-eligible researcher apply.

Important Dates

  • Proposal Submission Deadline: 23:59 Jan 10th, 2021, GMT +8
  • Acceptance Notification: Jan 20th, 2021, GMT+8

How to Apply

  • In every June and December, we will publish new research topics and call for proposals from world-wide universities and non-profit academic institutions. All the submitted proposals will be reviewed by Alibaba Technical Committee, and the final accepted proposals will be funded for one-year duration.
  • For quantum technologies, there is a different application that will be considered on a rolling basis. The details are on the quantum technologies sponsorship application page.
  • Please kindly select the appropriate topics that are released in the page of "Research Areas" and submit your proposals in Chinese or English. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Please properly cite the references in your application. Plagiarism or other violation of academic integrity will not be tolerated.
  • DO NOT send any confidential or proprietary information in your proposal. Any information you send to us as part of your application will be considered non-confidential regardless of any markings or designations.
  • Applicant(s) should understand and comply with United Nation's and all countries/regions' export control applicable laws, regulations, administrative regulations, administrative orders and related requirements.

Proposal Template

Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact with us at alibaba_air@alibaba-inc.com. We will reply you as soon as possible.

Research Areas

Security

    Internet of Things

      Quantum Technology

      Natural Language Processing

      • Cross-lingual and cross-culture low resource transfer learning for multilingual dialogue system More Details >

      Speech

        Image and Video

        Human-Computer Interaction

          Machine Learning (algorithm)

          • Cross-lingual Knowledge Base Construction and Application in Global E-Commerce Scene More Details >
          • Geographic Semantic Language Understanding and Spatial-Temporal Context-Aware Ranking for Location-Based Information Retrieval and Recommendation More Details >
          • Explainable Semi-Supervised Anomaly Detection for Urban Computing More Details >
          • Fraud/crawler detection using user behavior sequence More Details >
          • A heterogeneous task scheduling and deep model acceleration research in software-hardware integrated system More Details >

          Machine Learning (computing)

            Future Networks

              Storage Technology

              • High-performance, Cost-effective, and QoS-aware Storage Systems in Cloud/Distributed Systems More Details >

              System Software and Operation

              • Node failure prediction in large-scale cloud computing service system More Details >
              • Research on the Digital Transformation Methodology More Details >
              • Compute and Memory Resource Profiling and Optimization for Deep Neural Networks in a Warehouse-Scale Computer More Details >

              Database

                Big Data & Data Mining

                • High Performance Index for semi-Structured Data Types in Hybrid Serving/Analytics Processing More Details >

                Chip Technology

                Energy & Materials

                  Quality Assurance

                    FAQ

                    Q: Can I submit the proposal in another format besides MS word?

                    A:Proposals are expected to be in MS Word or PDF format. Besides, we do not have the page limit. Please write either in English or Chinese.

                    Q: Can I apply Alibaba Innovative Research or Alibaba Research Fellowship in other countries?

                    A: The programmes are available in all countries/regions. Researchers who are sponsored by the ARF programme will visit Alibaba's offices in China (Hangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, etc.) to work with front-end engineers on real-life business scenarios.

                    Q: I am an undergraduate/graduate student. Do I qualify to apply this plan?

                    A: No, undergraduate/graduate student is unqualified to submit proposals. The applicant should be a full-time faculty member or a research staff at a non-profit academic, university or research institution.

                    Q: I am working in a start-up company that has the cooperation with a university. Am I qualified?

                    A: No, you are unqualified.

                    Q: I am a professor. Can I submit two or more proposals to apply multiple research topics?

                    A: Yes. The final result will be given by Alibaba Technical committee while the selected proposals will be evaluated with consideration of innovation, feasibility potential value, etc.

                    Q: Can I make changes to my submitted applications?

                    A: Yes. You can revise your proposal till to the deadline.

                    Q: What is the expected funding amount for this one-year project?

                    A: We can support each AIR project up to $70k US dollars. For ARF, we will make service fee payments to the visiting scientist.

                    Q: Can I submit a multi-year proposal?

                    A: We suggest one-year collaboration. However, based on the outcomes of ongoing project, we can negotiate to establish a multi-year collaboration with our collaborated researchers.

                    Q: I am collaborating with a professor in a university. Can we submit a joint proposal?

                    A: Not suggested. The applicant should come from a university or non-profit research institute.

                    Q: What is the intellectual property (IP) policy in AIR project?

                    A: We will friendly negotiate the IP issue with our collaborator according to the IP policy of his/her affiliated university or research institute.

                     

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