Google AI Global Faculty Research Awards 2018

Google AI Global Faculty Research Awards 2018

Deadline: September 30, 2018

Applications are open for the Google AI Global Faculty Research Awards 2018. The awards provides 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.

Google is committed to developing new technologies to help their 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 their 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. Their 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.


  • Open to permanent faculty at universities around the world. Funding is focused on supporting PhD students, so they do allow applications from faculty at research institutions that award research degrees to PhD students;
  • 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.
  • Applicants are 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

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Read advice on how to write a good proposal and learn more about the Faculty Research Awards in the FAQ.
  • 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
  • Step 5: Decisions are announced in February.

For more information, visit Google AI Faculty Research Awards.