Research

IBM Research grants and awards

IBM University Awards support basic research, curriculum innovation, and educational assistance in focus areas that are fundamental to innovation in the 21st Century and strategic to IBM's core business.

  • Big Data / Analytics
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cognitive Computing
  • Cybersecurity
  • Social
  • Smarter planet / Cities

The Faculty Awards program helps faculty and researchers collaborate with IBM employees in research, development or services groups.
IBM Faculty Awards are not contracts, and no intellectual property rights are stipulated as part of the award. We strongly encourage all work to be placed in the public domain. The awards are monetary donations, not to exceed USD 40,000.
These programs run continually throughout each calendar year.
An IBM employee must initiate the award process with a nomination. The employee will then serve as the focal point and primary collaborator for the project. Nominations will be evaluated based on IBM’s current interests and expectations of success.
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Shared University Research awards are made to a university as a whole to promote research in areas of mutual interest.
The program strives to connect research and researchers at universities to IBM employees in research, development, product labs, and service and solution centers. These awards include monetary, equipment, services or software donations.
These programs run continually throughout each calendar year.
An IBM employee must initiate the award process with a nomination. The employee will then serve as the focal point and primary collaborator for the project. Nominations will be evaluated based on IBM’s current interests and expectations of success.

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The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards Program is an intensely competitive worldwide program that honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many areas of study.
These include: computer science and engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, physical sciences, mathematical sciences, public sector and business sciences, and service science, management, and engineering. Fellows are awarded a stipend for one academic year. The value of the fellowships will vary by region. Fellows may work at internships, and be matched with IBM mentors with common research interests.

Applications are accepted in September and October.
Students must be nominated by a doctoral faculty member.

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Students for a Smarter Planet believe technology can help make the world smarter: a safer, happier and healthier place to live. We know the world is changing quickly, and we want to make sure that it’s changing for the better.

  • The award provides support for student team projects that meet three criteria:
  • Projects must be related to the group’s studies
  • Projects must be associated with Smarter Planet themes (such as energy, sustainability, analytics, water or public safety)
  • Projects must seek to improve a community or ecosystem

Schools can receive a donation of up to USD 3,000 to help implement their project. In most cases, an IBM employee will mentor the student team.

Applications are accepted continually.
Any student can propose a project with a faculty member’s support.

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