Google Research Awards: Faculty Research Awards


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Grant amount: Up to US $150,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 30, 2020 1:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Faculty Research Awards Program, sometimes referred to as the Research Awards Program, supports academic research in computer science, engineering, and related fields. Through the program, the institution fund world-class research at top universities, facilitate interaction between Google and academia, and support projects whose output will be made openly available to the research community. Awards are structured as unrestricted gifts to universities and are designed to support roughly the cost of one graduate student for one year of work.

Google’s Faculty Research Awards program funds work in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields. Awards tend to go to projects that are highly technical. The work funded through Faculty Research Awards is very high caliber, and research results are often published at top conferences and in top publications in Computer Science.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Institutional Eligibility:
    • Google accepts applications from permanent faculty at universities around the world.  Funding is focused on supporting PhD students, so we do allow applications from faculty at research institutions that award research degrees to PhD students.
    • 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.
  • Principal Investigators:
    • 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 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 PhD 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. 
  • Past Applicants
    • An applicant may only serve as Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator on one proposal per round.
    • 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.
  • While funds are intended to support one PhD student, PIs may split the award to partially fund multiple students.
  • We will also consider support for masters or undergraduate students when appropriate.
  • We may occasionally provide a professor with funding for a postdoc through the Faculty Research Awards program.


  • We believe strongly in open access and in supporting projects whose output will be made available to the public and to other researchers. For this reason, we ask Principal Investigators (professors submitting proposals) to include a brief statement about what they intend to do with the output of their work, and we strongly prefer projects where the Principal Investigator intends to publish data sets, publish code via open source licenses, or otherwise contribute to the academic community.
  • We have a strong preference for funding proposals that will directly support students.
  • 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.


  • We do not allow applications from professors, researchers, or faculty members at non-degree-granting research institutes. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 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.
  • 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.