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Grants to USA, Canada, and International IHE Faculty Members to Support Research in Computer Science and Related Fields

Research Scholar Program


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/30/23 11:59 PM UTC-12 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $60,000 to USA, Canada, and International faculty members at IHEs to support academic research in computer science and related fields. The purpose of the program is to support early-career researchers for one year of work on a research project in fields that include, but are not limited to, machine perception, human-computer interaction, quantum computing, security, and networking systems. Requests will be accepted from full-time professors, associates, and assistants at universities and degree-granting research institutions around the world.

The Research Scholar Program aims to support early-career professors who are pursuing research in fields relevant to Google. The Program provides unrestricted gifts to support cutting-edge research at institutions around the world, and is focused on funding world-class research conducted by early-career professors.  It is Google's hope that this program will help develop collaborations with new professors and encourage the formation of long-term relationships.

Applicants are asked to categorize their proposals into one of the following areas of interest to Google in Computer Science and related fields:
  • Algorithms and optimization
  • Fundamental and applied science
  • Health research
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Machine learning and data mining
  • Machine perception
  • Natural language processing
  • Privacy
  • Quantum computing
  • Security
  • Software engineering and programming languages
  • Systems and Networking Systems

For details on each of the above areas of interest, see the URL for Full Text RFP link.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Google encourages submissions from professors globally who are teaching at universities and meet the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility criteria:
- Applicants must be a full-time assistant, associate, or professor at a university or degree-granting research institution at the time of the application submission.
(i) Post doctoral staff can only serve as a co-PI, not a primary PI.
- Applicants must have received their PhD within seven years of submission (e.g., applicants in 2023 must have received their PhD in 2016 or later).
(I) Google will consider exceptions for applicants who have been teaching seven years or fewer and had delays, such as working in industry, parental leave, leave of absence, etc. This exception request can be documented on the application.

- Applications are accepted from full-time faculty at universities around the world. Funding is focused on supporting the faculty’s research.
- Since funding is structured as unrestricted gifts to degree-granting Universities, Google 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.

Principal Investigator Requirements:
- Global faculty who have received their PhD less than 7 years from submission from degree-granting institutions who are doing research within fields relevant to Google.
- An applicant may only serve as Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator on one proposal per round, they cannot be listed on two separate proposals.
- Google understands that 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. Google may, at their discretion, provide funding for Principal Investigators who advise undergraduate students at colleges that do not award advanced degrees.

The co-PI must meet the same eligibility criteria as the primary PI. Google is providing an exception if the co-PI is a postdoctoral researcher.

Google does not allow applications from non-degree-granting research institutions.

Awards are not intended for overhead or indirect costs.

Pre-Application Information
All final applications are due Thursday, November 30 at 11:59:59 pm UTC-12(AoE).

Selection Process:
- November: Applications open
- December/January: Proposal reviews and scoring
- February: Committee reviews proposals, scoring and make selections
- March: Approval process for selected proposals
- April: Applicants are notified of decision

Notification of decisions will be announced by email in April 2024.

There is a high volume of applicants on the portal the final two days of the application period so applicants are encouraged to submit sooner to ensure it is properly submitted.

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.

Applicants may apply up to a maximum of 3 times within the 7 years they received their PhD.

Applicants can submit one application per round. An applicant may only serve as Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator on one proposal per round. Applicants cannot serve on two separate proposals.

Faculty can receive a Research Scholar award only once. Previous Faculty Research Award recipients are still eligible to receive a Research Scholar award.


Estimated Size of Grant
Google provides support up to $60,000 USD depending on the cost of student tuition on a regional basis.

Term of Contract
The program is designed to support one year of work. Awards are intended for use during the academic year in which they are provided.

Contact Information
To apply online:

Limited email support will be provided via (particularly for answers to questions not available on the website).

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