Cisco Research Center (CRC) connects researchers and developers from Cisco, academia, governments, customers, and industry partners with the goal of facilitating collaboration and exploration of new and promising technologies.
First and foremost, we are interested in exploring issues, topics, and problems that are relevant to our core business of improving the Internet.
We're also deeply interested in adjacent technologies that leverage the power of the network to change the world around us.
We have a broad portfolio of research interests and activities!
Networking is our core, and we are deeply interested in all related topics, as well as adjacencies that drive change in the way networks need to operate. New networking technologies—things we are exploring in labs today—have introduced a number of interesting problems that must be solved if we are to realize their promise. Examples include:
Cisco is leading the industry in the transition to programmable networks, but hardware is still a critical element to ensuring reliability, performance, and scalability; and getting more value out of smaller and cheaper hardware is one of the challenges immediately ahead of us with IoT deployments. As such, we’re still deeply interested in hardware! Here are a few examples of things we’re interested in exploring:
We have always been interested in security, but there are a plethora of new and interesting problems in this space! Examples:
Those are just a few examples of topics that interest us. We are, of course, also always interested in “the big questions,” and in pioneering ideas with the potential to drive material disruption in the industry. E.g.
A submission neither creates nor implies any obligations on the part of Cisco, its affiliates, or partners, and Cisco's decision regarding your proposal is at the sole discretion of Cisco and are not subject to appeal.
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Right now, we use the CyberGrants tool to gather data and track our sponsored engagements. Love it or hate it, if you are planning to apply for a grant or sponsorship, you will need to create a CyberGrants account. After you read through the posted RFPs above (all listed are active), please select one and click ‘Apply’ to populate the ‘Invitation Code’ field and start your application. There are NO deadlines and proposals are reviewed and funding decisions are made on a rolling basis. You will be asked for the following:
Something descriptive, please
A clear description of your ask, and the outcome you’d like to achieve (usually about 2-3 paragraphs)
If this is a research or prototyping proposal, clearly describe the hypothesis, what exactly you would do, what resources you need (including money, time, and anything else), and how you will measure the outcomes (usually 2-3 pages for a prototype or early research idea; 5-10 pages for a detailed research proposal)
…If you have them … If not, just leave it blank. Please do not give us names of people who don’t know you… we check!
Select as many as applicable, or add your own. This will help us search for things. Don’t worry, though … This is not like one of those online resume submission tools. We actually do read and respond to these things. All of them.
Budgets depend on the institution and geography, since costs vary. Research funds are to cover costs associated with: