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Date 17.09.2021  
Category Call for proposal
Aim:  Since its inception in 2008, the Swiss Joint Research Center, Swiss JRC, has supported dozens of collaborative research projects between Microsoft (particularly Microsoft Research and Mixed Reality & AI Zurich) and ETH Zurich and EPFL, pushing the boundaries of core computer science and cross-disciplinary areas of research.

The goal of this request for proposals (RFP) is to identify the next round of collaborative research projects that help advance the science, leveraging the synergies between academic and industrial research in high impact areas of research. In line with JRC’s goal of fostering collaborative research, each project must include a named Microsoft researcher who must be committed to contributing to the project materially.

The selected winning team of this RFP shall receive funding in the form of an unrestricted gift. A second round of funding pending initial progress and outcomes may be considered at some point during this collaboration.

Funding:       Salary for one PhD student

Duration:      Two years

Eligibility: To be eligible for this RFP, your institution and proposal must meet the following requirements:
 
  • Institution must be ETH Zurich or EPFL.
  • The proposed research must be led and performed primarily by ETH Zurich or EPFL faculty but should include one or more names of active and committed collaborators from Microsoft.
  • The proposed research must align with this RFP’s research goals.
  • The proposed research can be cross-disciplinary and several researchers from the same institution can submit a single, joint proposal if that contributes to address the proposed research goals.

How to Apply: Once the proposal document is ready for submission and before the submission deadline, the main Microsoft collaborator must submit the proposal (in Word or PDF format) via an online form. There the Microsoft collaborator has the opportunity to submit a supporting statement for this application. The proposal should not be more than six pages in length of 11-point font. Proposals should include a time schedule and milestones (24 months) that begin in January 2022 and ends in December 2023.

Deadline:      17 September 2021

Further information
  • More information about the program is available here
  • The application form can be found here
  • For any other questions, please contact the Research Office

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  • General public
  • Free

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