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Faculty Research Awards

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

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Deadline Date:

09/30/19 1:00 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, a list of which can be found at the URL for Full Text below.

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.

Research Awards are designed to support one year of work. On occasion, Google may choose to fund a second year for a project that has seen great success in year one.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. 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.

2. 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.

There are no limits on the number of proposals that can be submitted by different Principal Investigators (or co-Principal Investigators) from the same university.

3. Past Applicants

If an applicant’s proposal was not selected for funding the previous round, they are welcome to apply with a new proposal (or substantively revised proposal) the following round.

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 for 2019 will open on September 1 and close September 30 at 1 PM PT.

Decisions are announced in February.

Principal Investigators are allowed to suggest one or more potential Google sponsors for the project being proposed. A potential Google sponsor is a colleague at Google who knows about the proposal being submitted and has expressed interest in serving as a point of contact for the project being proposed. A Google sponsor is responsible for facilitating the two-way flow of information between Google and the Principal Investigator. The Google Research Awards team is unable to help Principal Investigators find potential sponsors for their projects prior to proposal submission, but all funded projects will be assigned a Google sponsor by the review committee during the selection process.


Open advice to Google Faculty Research Awards proposal writers:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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.