At Google, we are committed to developing new technologies to help our users find and use information. While we do significant in-house research and engineering, we also maintain strong ties with academic institutions worldwide pursuing innovative research in core areas relevant to our mission. As part of that vision, Google Faculty Research Awards Programs aim to identify and support world-class, permanent faculty pursuing cutting-edge research in areas of mutual interest.

Google Research Awards for Latin America

The Google Research Awards for Latin America are one-year awards structured as unrestricted gifts to universities to support the work of world-class permanent faculty members and their students who are pursuing cutting-edge research in specific fields related to Computer Science at top universities in Latin America. For the 2016 edition we are doubling the total amount of funding from US$300.000 to US$600.000 to be distributed among the selected researchers. Recipients are selected through a comprehensive internal review process and notified of their awards within 6-8 weeks after the deadline (June 9, 2016). Each proposal should involve a single faculty and a single student, either at PhD or MSc level. Grants will be paid in the form of monthly gifts to both the faculty and the student as follows: for approved projects at PhD level, the student will receive US$ 1.200 monthly and the faculty will receive US$ 750 monthly. For approved projects at M.Sc. level, the student will receive US$ 750 monthly and the faculty will receive US$ 675 monthly. The grants will be awarded for a period of one year with the possibility of annual renewal up to a limit of two years in total for master students and three years for PhD students.

A full list of previous recipients is available here.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for the Google Research Awards for Latin America 2016, please carefully review all the information in our FAQs and proposal advice, and follow the instructions to submit your project there. The deadline for submitting proposals is June 9, 2016.

The intent of the Google Research Awards is to support cutting-edge research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields. At this round we are interested only on the following areas of research (each proposal should be classified in one of these areas):

  • Geo/maps
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Information retrieval, extraction & organization (including semantic graphs)
  • Internet of things (including smart cities)
  • Machine learning and data mining
  • Mobile
  • Natural language processing
  • Physical interfaces and immersive experiences
  • Privacy
  • Other topics related to web research

How to Apply for the Google Research Awards for Latin America

Learn more about our Google Research Awards for Latin America, including how to apply, in our FAQs.