At Google, we are committed to developing new technologies to help our users find and use information. While we do significant in-house research and engineering, we also maintain strong ties with academic institutions worldwide pursuing innovative research in core areas relevant to our 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.
Our 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.
Eligibility and Criteria
- We accept applications from permanent faculty at universities around the world. Our funding is focused on supporting Ph.D. students, so we do allow applications from faculty at research institutions that award research degrees to Ph.D. students.
- We do not allow applications from professors, researchers, or faculty members at non-degree-granting research institutes. Researchers at such institutes who are also faculty at a degree-granting university may apply through that university.
- Our funding is structured as unrestricted gifts to universities. We 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.
- An applicant may only serve as a 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.
- We allow assistant professors, associate professors, and full professors to apply. We do not allow applications from professors on behalf of students, postdocs, or others who are not eligible to apply themselves–the research must be directed primarily by a permanent faculty member.
- We understand 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 Ph.D. students.
- We may, at our discretion, 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. We do not allow students, postdocs, or non-professor researchers who do not meet the criteria above to serve as Principal Investigators or Co-Principal Investigators.
- 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.
- 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.
Awards and Benefits
Recipients are selected through an internal review process and notified of their awards within 5 months of the initial submission. Faculty members can apply to cover expenses for the amount needed to support one graduate student for one year. We ask applicants to categorize their proposals into one of the following broad Computer Science research areas of interest to Google:
- Algorithms and optimization
- Augmented and Virtual Reality
- Computational neuroscience
- Cooling and power
- Digital media processing
- Health research
- Human-AI interaction
- Human-computer interaction
- Information retrieval and real-time content
- Machine learning and data mining
- Machine perception
- Machine translation
- Natural language processing
- Physical interfaces
- Quantum computing
- Recommendation systems
- Social signal processing
- Software engineering and programming languages
- Structured data, extraction, semantic graph, and database management
- Systems (hardware and software)
Each funded project will be assigned a Google sponsor by the review committee. The role of the sponsor is to support the project by discussing research directions, engaging with professors and students, and enabling interactions between the project team and Google.
We encourage awardees to visit Google to give talks related to their work and meet with relevant research groups here. We hope that funded faculty and their research groups will additionally benefit through interactions with Google teams.
How To Apply
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