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 Jun 17th, 2022, GMT +8
  • Acceptance Notification: Jun 30th, 2022, 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.
  • Please kindly select the appropriate topics that are released in the page of "Research Themes" 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

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Research themes

Research on Next-generation Virtualization Technologies

  • 【CCF-AIR青年基金】A Hypervisor-based Seamless Multi-Tiered Memory Management Proposal for Virtual Machines More Details >

Developing High-performance Optimization Solver and Mathematics Modeling Tools

    Research on Key Techonologies for Large-scale Pretraining Models

    • 【CCF-AIR青年基金】Few-Shot Learning Based on Large-scale Pre-trained Multimodal Models More Details >
    • Collaboration of large and small model on machine translation More Details >
    • 【CCF-AIR青年基金】Knowledge Probing and Leveraging for Large-scale Pre-trained Models More Details >

    Next Generation Intelligent Data Processing Platforms

    • Dynamic optimization with interactive plan-updates during query execution. More Details >
    • Query Optimization Architecture for Big Data More Details >

    Research on Frontier Technologies in Data Center and Server

    • 【CCF-AIR青年基金】Research on Programmability of Host Network (virtual switch) Acceleration Scheme of Next-Generation Self-developed Network Chip More Details >
    • 【CCF-AIR青年基金】Design and Implementation of Containerized 5G RAN Protocol Stack More Details >
    • 【CCF-AIR青年基金】Building Large-capacity, Low-cost, and High-performance Zoned Storage Systems More Details >
    • Binary Translation Program More Details >

    Data Security and Privacy Protection

    • Scalable and Robust Graph Representation Learning More Details >
    • Automated Detection of Privacy Compliance Risks in Android Apps More Details >
    • 【CCF-AIR青年基金】数据防泄漏场景的屏幕翻拍翻录检测 Detection of screen recapture and its application to data loss prevention More Details >

    Low Carbon & Efficient Serverless Infrastructure

    • 【CCF-AIR青年基金】服务网格性能调优及软硬结合优化 Service mesh performance tuning and software-hardware integration based optimization More Details >
    • Optimized Resource Scheduling Algorithm in Cloud Computing System More Details >

    AI for Science

      Research and Development of Key Technologies, Applications and Systems for Carbon Neutrality

      • 【CCF-AIR青年基金】Collaborative Scheduling and Deployment Mechanisms for Edge-cloud Applications based on Low-power Heterogeneous Processors More Details >
      • Towards resilient and sustainable supply chains under complex and dynamic manufacturing scenarios More Details >
      • Systematic Thermal Efficiency Analysis and Power Optimization for Large Scale Heterogeneous Accelerator Pools More Details >
      • Research and development of key technologies, applications and system under new power system scenario to enhance data center carbon neutrality More Details >

      Research on Supply and Demand Matching Optimization for Large-scale E-commerce Platforms

      • Research on Interpretable Modeling of E-commerce Entities with Few/Zero Annotations More Details >
      • Urban computing based on multi-source geographic data More Details >


      • 【CCF-AIR青年基金】视频来源取证技术研究 Video Origin Identification over Online Social Networks More Details >
      • 【CCF-AIR青年基金】3D Reconstruction and Rendering Technology in E-commerce Application More Details >
      • Automatic Conversational Recommender System for E-Commerce Platforms 电商领域的全自动对话推荐系统 More Details >
      • 【CCF-AIR青年基金】高性能卫星通信技术研究 Research on High Performance Satellite Communication More Details >
      • 【CCF-AIR青年基金】TinyML: Deep Learning System on Battery-Powered Devices More Details >

      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: No, you can't.

      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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