Application Deadline: September 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT
The Google Faculty Research Awards Program, sometimes referred to as the Research Awards Program, supports academic research in computer science, engineering, and related fields. Through the program, we fund world-class research at top universities, facilitate interaction between Google and academia, and support projects whose output will be made openly available to the research community. Awards are structured as unrestricted gifts to universities and are designed to support roughly the cost of one graduate student for one year of work.
Faculty Research Awards : Providing unrestricted gifts as support for research at institutions around the world. The program is focused on funding world-class technical research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields.
As part of that vision, the Google Faculty Research Awards Program aims to recognize and support world-class, permanent faculty pursuing cutting-edge research in areas of mutual interest.
Each funded project will be assigned a Google sponsor by the review committee. The role of the sponsor is to support the project by discussing research directions, engaging with professors and students, and enabling interactions between the project team and Google. We encourage awardees to visit Google to give talks related to their work and meet with relevant research groups here. We hope that funded faculty and their research groups will additionally benefit through interactions with Google teams.
- We accept applications from permanent faculty at universities around the world. Our funding is focused on supporting PhD students, so we do allow applications from faculty at research institutions that award research degrees to PhD students. We do not allow applications from professors, researchers, or faculty members at non-degree-granting research institutes. Researchers at such institutes who are also faculty at a degree-granting university may apply through that university.
- Our funding is structured as unrestricted gifts to universities. We cannot process awards to other institutions (e.g. not-for-profits institutions, hospitals, non-degree-granting research institutes, etc) even if they are affiliated with a university. A Principal Investigator must apply in his or her capacity as a university professor and must be able to accept an award through that university.
- Principal Investigators
- An applicant may only serve as Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator on one proposal per round.
- Each Principal Investigator on a proposal must be a permanent faculty at a university or a degree-granting research institution.
- We allow assistant professors, associate professors, and full professors to apply. We do not allow applications from professors on behalf of students, postdocs, or others who are not eligible to apply themselves–the research must be directed primarily by a permanent faculty member.
How to apply for a Faculty Research Award
Step 2: Ask a Google employee to champion your proposal. A Google champion or sponsor is not required to submit a proposal, but it helps ensure that your proposal is relevant and of interest to Google. The Google champion or sponsor should be:
- a willing participant
- considered an expert in your area of research, and
- familiar with your work.
It’s the primary principal investigator’s responsibility to find a champion/sponsor. These relationships are typically made on the ground at academic conferences and workshops.
Step 3: Write your proposal using the advice mentioned in step 1. If you have a Google champion or sponsor, ask them to provide feedback.
Step 4: Submit your proposal here by the annual September 30th deadline.
Step 5: Decisions are announced in February.
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