Google Faculty Research Awards: Up to 150,000 USD

Deadline: October 15th, 2013

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google is committed to developing new technologies to help their users find and use information. They maintain strong ties with academic institutions worldwide pursuing innovative research in core areas relevant to our mission. As part of that vision, the Google Research Awards program aims to identify and support world-class, full-time faculty pursuing research in areas of mutual interest.

What are Google Research Awards?

Google Research Awards are one-year awards structured as unrestricted gifts to universities to support the work of world-class full-time faculty members at top universities around the world. Faculty members can apply for Research Awards by submitting a proposal to the 2013 funding rounds.

Recipients are selected through a comprehensive internal review process and notified of their awards within 4 months of the initial submission. Faculty members can apply for up to 150,000 USD in eligible expenses, but actual award amounts are frequently less than the full amount requested. Most awards are funded at the amount needed to support basic expenses for one graduate student for one year.


Applications are accepted from full-time ‘professors’ at universities around the world. The funding is focused on supporting PhD students, so applications from professors at research institutions that award research degrees to PhD students are allowed.

Titles may differ globally. In order for someone without the title of professor to apply, he or she must be a full-time faculty member at an eligible institution and serve as a formal advisor to masters or PhD students, and the funding requested must go to support students

The intent of the Google Research Awards is to support cutting-edge research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields. Applicants are asked to categorize their proposals into one of the following broad research areas of interest to Google:

  • Economics and market algorithms
  • Geo/maps
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Information retrieval, extraction, and organization
  • Machine learning and data mining
  • Machine perception
  • Machine translation
  • Mobile
  • Natural language processing
  • Networking
  • Policy and standards
  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Social networks
  • Software engineering
  • Speech
  • Structured data and database management
  • Systems (hardware and software)

Each funded project will be assigned a Google sponsor. The role of the sponsor is to support the project by discussing research directions, engaging with professors and students, and overseeing collaboration between the project team and Google. Through the Research Awards program, Google tries to fund projects where collaboration with Google will be especially valuable to the research team.

NOTE: A submission link will be posted by October 4th, 2013. Please carefully review all the instructions in the FAQs and proposal advice.

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