SONY Faculty Innovation & Focused Research Award Call for Proposals


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Date and time 15.09.2021 08:59  
Event Language English
Category Call for proposal

As part of one of the world's most innovative and recognizable brands, we are committed to support university research and innovation in the U.S., Canada, India, and select European countries, while also fostering partnerships with university faculty and researchers. The Sony Research Award Program provides funding for cutting-edge academic research and helps build a collaborative relationship between faculty and Sony researchers. With awards up to $150,000 USD* per year for each accepted proposal, both the Faculty Innovation Award and Focused Research Award create new opportunities for university faculties to engage in pioneering research that could drive new technologies, industries and the future.

Deadline: 15 September 2021; 08:59 CET

Faculty Innovation Award:
Global research and development at Sony enables us to foster innovative ideas, which could ultimately lead to future technology advancements and company growth. In order to speed up and expand the creation of new ideas, we would like to partner with universities. This partnership will help cultivate advanced concepts and fertilize our own research and development. 
This funding opportunity covers a very broad range of Information Technology domains:

  • Information Technology
  • Devices and Materials
  • Biomedical and Life Sciences
Focused Research Award:
Solid research is the underlying driving force to crystallize fearless creativity and innovation. While we are committed to run in-house research and engineering, we are also excited to collaborate with academic partners to facilitate exploration of new and promising research. The Sony Focused Research Award provides an opportunity for university faculty and Sony to conduct this type of collaborative, focused research.
A list of candidate research topics appears below. Please detailed information on the Focused Research Theme in the link below:
  • Next-Generation Artificial Intelligence
  • Efficient Distributed Deep Learning Beyond Data-parallelism and Model-parallelism
  • Novel Actuator
  • Liquid Crystal Alignment Technology for High-definition Pixels
  • Novel Technologies for NIR-MIR VCSELs
  • Development of AI-based/Evolutionary Algorithms for Computational Discovery of Novel Materials
  • Spatial-omics Technologies
  • Intelligent Sensing of Patient-Reported Outcomes
  • Advanced Image Processing enabled by AI
  • Machine Learning-based Digital Human Creation
Available funding
  • Faculty Innovation Award: $100K in funds for one year with a possible extension
  • Focused Research Award: $150K in funds for one year with possible extension(s) for subsequent year(s)
  • Purpose: to conduct pioneering research in the wide variety of Target Research Areas
  • Due to the very broad range of Target Research Areas and key words it is best to review the list directly on the websit
Requirements / Eligibility
  • Principal Investigators (PIs) who are full-time professors (adjunct professors are not eligible)
  • Researchers who are eligible to supervise PhD students
How to Apply
See the website for full details: Sony Research Award Program
See the Submission Guidelines for the complete set of submission instructions.
Important additional information
  • Please contact the Research Office at [email protected] for additional information and/or assistance.
  • The PI must contact the TTO at [email protected] in the event any background IP will be implicated in the project.

Practical information

  • Informed public
  • Free


  • Research Office


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