Funding Agency:

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.


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. The Sony Faculty Innovation Award provides up to $100K USD* in funds.


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. The award provides up to $150K USD* in funds, and may be renewed for subsequent year(s). 

Deadline: Sep. 15, 2023

Agency Website

Areas of Interest


    1. Information Technology

      1. Audio, Music, Speech, and Language Processing

      2. Data Mining

      3. Robotics

      4. Human Sensing and Interaction

      5. Brain Technology

      6. Security

      7. Machine Learning

      8. Systems and Networking

      9. Communications

      10. Planetary Sensing

      11. Devices and Materials

      12. Visual/Visualization

      13. Computer Vision

      14. RF Sensing

    2. Devices and Materials
      1. Analysis/Simulation/Informatics
      2. Laser/VCSEL
      3. Photonic Processing
      4. Remote Sensing
      5. Metasurface/DOE
      6. Sustainable Devices and Materials
      7. Display Device/Materials
    3. Biomedical and Life Sciences
      1. Biosensing
      2. Mental Health


    1. Future Network System and Its Fundamental Core Technology Designs
    2. Novel Actuator and Mechanism for Robots
    3. New Optical Functions for/in High-peak-power Solid-state Surface Emitting Lasers
    4. Novel Optics Technologies for AR/VR/MR Displays
    5. Novel Biological Applications using Microfluidic Compartments
    6. Advanced Image Processing enabled by AI
    7. AI-based Digital Human Content Creation
    8. Application Specific Optimization for Zero-Knowledge Proof
    9. Object Streaming Technology
    10. Cognitive Process Modeling
    11. Interactive Experiences with Virtual Agents and Objects

Eligibility Requirements

We accept applications from Principal Investigators (PIs) who meet the eligibility criteria below.

  • PI's institution: PIs must belong to a university, educational institution, or governmental/non-profit research institute. (e.g. we accept submission from research institutes that are categorized as governmental and NPO/NGO in nature index tables).
  • PI's position: PIs must be a full-time professor (adjunct professors and adjunct researchers are not eligible) or researcher and be eligible to supervise Ph.D. students at the PI's institution. Full professors, associate professors, and assistant professors are eligible to apply. For the UK, this includes Senior Lecturers, Principal Lecturers, Lecturers, and Readers who are eligible to supervise Ph.D. students at their institutions.
  • Countries: The PI’s institution must be in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

A PI or different PIs from the same university/institution may submit more than one proposal for different research topics. However, please do not submit identical proposals more than once.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science

External Deadline

September 15, 2023