Program NameResearch Faculty Fellowship Program
Agency Deadline11/16/2009
Finalist Announcement Date11/03/2009
Internal OSP Deadline10/30/2009
Program DescriptionMicrosoft Research seeks nominees who are advancing computing research in novel directions with the potential for high impact on the state of the art, and who demonstrate the likelihood of becoming thought leaders in the field. The future of computing in academe rests with its newest faculty. In these early-career professionals lie the seeds of tomorrow’s great innovations. However, while recognized faculty with well-established reputations are able to attract the financial support necessary for substantial research programs, new faculty often struggle to secure adequate support to allow them to realize their full potential. Because new faculty are so vital to the future of academic computer science, the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Program identifies, recognizes, and supports exceptional new faculty members engaged in innovative computing research. The objective of this program is to stimulate and support creative research undertaken by promising researchers who have the potential to make a profound impact on the field of computing in their research disciplines. Each fellowship award includes an unrestricted cash gift of US$200,000. The Microsoft Research Faculty Fellows also have access to other Microsoft resources, such as software, invitations to conferences, and engagements with Microsoft Research. Microsoft awards seven Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship grants each year; awardees are selected in April. The Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Awards program provides recipients considerable freedom in planning the focus of their academic research. The funds can be applied to a wide variety of uses to pursue novel research. Examples of possible research areas include, but are not limited to: interdisciplinary research, scientific computing, bioinformatics, computational biology, software engineering, and other areas where computing transforms the discipline and advances the state of the art.
Eligibility1. Nominees must be new faculty members in the first, second, or third year of their first faculty appointment. 2. In the United States and Canada, nominees must hold a tenure-track faculty position, and may be no more than six years from the completion of their most recent PhD, ScD, or MD. 3. No more than one nomination from each research institution will be accepted. An emphasis is placed on nominations from departments working on computing research areas and on areas that involve the innovative application of computing.
Pre-Proposal Required DocumentationLimited Submission Cover Sheet - Microsoft 09.doc
# of Nominees Allowed1
Nominee(s) Selected to AdvanceMacneil Charles Shonle
NotesNominees for the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship program must be nominated by their research institution, and their nominations must be confirmed by a letter from the head of the institution (for example, office of the Provost, Pro-Vice Chancellor, President, and so on). Direct applications from new faculty members are not accepted.
Posting Date10/09/2009