Google Faculty Research Awards


Sponsor Call Information​

Please contact the pre-award team  as early as possible for support and also to ensure enough time for internal approval.

OSR deadline: Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Eligibility: Full-time/permanent faculty are eligible to serve as Principal Investigators or co-Principal Investigators on proposals.

About the program:

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. Awarded projects are usually highly technical.

Please visit the program website for further information, including previous winners, proposal guidance/format instruction and FAQ.

Although a “Google champion” or “sponsor” is not required, it is beneficial. 

Proposals are considered on the following topics: 

  • Algorithms and optimization
  • Comp​utat​ional neuroscience
  • Cooling and power
  • Digital Media Processing
  • Geo/maps
  • 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 and immersive experiences
  • 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)

N.B.: Proposals must not contain confidential or proprietary information.

N.B.: Strict formatting and/or page limitations apply!


Awards generally support basic expenses for one student for one year, so budgets are frequently reduced to this level of support, ($40,000-$70,000). The maximum amount a Principal Investigator can request is $150,000.

Eligible costs: PhD (salary + tuition), PhD conference travel ($3,000 max).

Ineligible costs: Principal Investigator salaries, other researcher salaries,  indirect costs.

Sponsor deadline: Saturday, 7 October 2017​ (11:59pm PDT).  Submission is online.​


Please inform your Assistant Dean if you plan to apply.