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Faculty Research Awards Program

Awards to USA, Canada, and International IHE Faculty Members for
Research in Computer Science, Engineering, and Related Fields

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Deadline Date:

09/30/18 11:59 PM PT


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Awards to USA, Canada, and International IHE permanent faculty members to support academic research in engineering, computer science, or related fields. Funds are intended to support one graduate student for one year of work on a research project in the above fields.

Google is committed to developing new technologies to help users find and use information. While they do significant in-house research and engineering, they also maintain strong ties with academic institutions worldwide pursuing innovative research in core areas relevant to Google products and services. 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.

The goal is to identify and strengthen long-term collaborative relationships with faculty working on problems that will impact how future generations use technology. Google Faculty Research Awards are structured as seed funding to support one graduate student for one year and are awarded as an unrestricted gift. The award is highly competitive - only 15% of applicants receive funding - and each proposal goes through a rigorous Google-wide review process.

Applicants will be asked to categorize their proposals into one of the following broad Computer Science research areas of interest to Google:

- Algorithms and optimization
- Computational neuroscience
- Cooling and power
- Digital media processing
- Geo/maps
- Human-AI interaction
- Human-computer interaction
- Information retrieval and real time content
- Machine learning and data mining
- Machine perception
- Machine translation
- Mobile
- Natural language processing
- Networking
- Physical interfaces
- Privacy
- Recommendation systems
- Security
- Social signal processing
- Software engineering and programming languages
- Speech
- Structured data, extraction, semantic graph, and database management
- Systems (hardware and software)
- Virtual / Augmented reality

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174608

Estimated Size of Grant:

Faculty Research Awards are designed to be in an amount approximately equivalent to the amount necessary to support one graduate student for one year. Google expects that most budgets for the Research Awards will be limited to the cost of one PhD student for one year (defined as salary plus tuition, or research salary in regions where PhD tuition is covered through other means) as well as modest conference travel for the student (1,500 USD for US universities, 3,000 USD for universities outside the US).

Term of Contract:

Google Faculty Research Awards are structured as seed funding to support one graduate student for one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Institutions: Google accepts applications from permanent faculty at universities around the world. Funding is focused on supporting PhD students, so Google allows applications from faculty at research institutions that award research degrees to PhD students. Applications from professors, researchers, or faculty members at non-degree-granting research institutes are not accepted. Researchers at such institutes who are also faculty at a degree-granting university may apply through that university.

Funding is structured as unrestricted gifts to universities. Google 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.

Assistant professors, associate professors, and full professors may apply. Applications from professors on behalf of students, postdocs, or others who are not eligible to apply themselves are not accepted--the research must be directed primarily by a permanent faculty member.

Google understands that titles may differ globally. In order for someone without the title of professor to apply, he or she must be a permanent faculty member at an eligible institution and serve as a formal advisor to masters or PhD students. Google may provide funding for Principal Investigators who advise undergraduate students at colleges that do not award advanced degrees.

The same eligibility requirements apply to both the primary Principal Investigator and any co-Principal Investigators. Students, postdocs, or non-professor researchers who do not meet the criteria above to serve as Principal Investigators or co-Principal Investigators may not apply.

The primary Principal Investigator on a proposal is the point person for all communications regarding the proposal, including funding decisions. All emails regarding the application will go to the primary Principal Investigator, who is responsible for notifying any co-Principal Investigators and university administrators if needed.

The application requests the cost of one PhD student at your University. This will be the final amount awarded if the proposal is approved and no changes can be made to the amount. Google does not support overhead or indirect costs in this amount.

Expenses not considered by the Research Awards:

- Principal Investigator salaries are not considered. Salaries for permanent researchers, non-student, or non-postdoc researchers employed by the university are also not considered.

- It is Google’s policy not to pay for overhead on unrestricted gifts. Indirect costs, administrative costs, and overhead will not be considered in Faculty Research Awards budgets.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications open August 1, 2018 at 12:00 AM PT and close September 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT.

Decisions are announced in February.

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.


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Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.