It’s time to innovate

As part of one of the world's most innovative and recognizable brands, we are committed to support university research and innovation in North America, while also fostering partnerships with university faculty and researchers. This 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 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.

Faculty Innovation Award

Up to $100K in funds to conduct cutting-edge research in Sony's general areas of interest

Focused Research Award

Up to $150K in funds to conduct research in the areas of Sony's immediate interest

Submission Guidelines

Eligibility, requirements, submission protocol, and terms are explained in this guidelines.

Application Window

Proposal submission is open from July 15, 2018 to September 15, 2018.


Congratulations to all award recipients in the Sony Research Award Program! We sincerely look forward to working closely with you.


  • Professor Faramarz Fekri, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Professor Kristen Grauman, University of Texas at Austin
  • Professor Song Han, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Professor Daniel Sanchez, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Professor Xinyu Zhang, University of California, San Diego
  • Professor Stefano Ermon, Stanford University*
  • Professor Aggelos Katsaggelos, Northwestern University*
  • Professor Shivendra Panwar, New York University*


  • Professor Dirk Bernhardt-Walther, University of Toronto
  • Professor Stefano Ermon, Stanford University
  • Professor Aggelos Katsaggelos, Northwestern University
  • Professor Scott Kuindersma, Harvard University
  • Professor Bruno Olshausen, University of California, Berkeley
  • Professor Shivendra Panwar, New York University

* Renewed Research Collaboration