Explore Open RFPs
Cisco Research engages with academia to share knowledge and experience from the ground and we collaborate with research labs across many domains to pave the way for our future innovations. We are funding both sponsored research agreements and research gifts. With sponsored research agreements, we work directly with universities to come to an agreement on a contracted research project that aligns with our areas of interest. For research gifts, universities and non-profits are eligible to apply to one of our open Request for Proposals for gift funding.
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General Requirements for consideration
Who May Apply?
The Applicant and Principal Investigator listed on a proposal must each be a full-time faculty or research staff member at a university or other research institution. Students, adjunct faculty, or part-time faculty/staff may participate in the research and be listed on the proposal but may not be a Principal Investigator. To be eligible to receive an award, an institution subject to U.S. tax law must qualify as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Non-U.S. institutions must provide proof of non-profit equivalency. If a PI is approved for funding, Cisco Research will only fund a PI one proposal at a time and you will not be eligible to resubmit another proposal request until your funding has ended and your impact report is completed.
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General Terms and Conditions for Research Gifts
- Standard Term of the Gift is one year from approval date.
- Cisco extends Gift Funds to Donee solely for the purpose of pursuing scientific research in the area proposed by the PI.
- An impact report will be requested upon completion of the project. The PI will receive an email requesting a report to be completed online. The report gathers information about published papers and presentations, financial summary of expense, overview of research results.
- Cisco has no expectation of obtaining or retaining any business or securing any improper competitive advantages as a consequence of providing this Gift to Donee.
- Donee, through its employees and representatives, has not provided, nor represented that it would provide, to Cisco, any business or other competitive advantage to Cisco on account of such Gift.