The Sony 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 USD* per year for each accepted proposal, both the Faculty Innovation Award and the 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
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 to conduct pioneering research in the areas listed below. Click here to see bulleted keywords under each category title.
- Information Technology
- Devices and Materials
- Biomedical and Life Science
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). A list of candidate research topics appears below. Please select the Focused Research Theme for which your submission is written.
- Manipulation Secure Image Sensing
- Self-supervised Learning for Spiking Neural Networks with Event based Vision Sensor
- Deep Learning and Deep Fusion towards Automotive Scene Perception
- Designing and Implementing Camera ISP Algorithms Using Deep Learning and Computer Vision
- Robust Mesh Tracking for Volumetric Capture
- Advanced Image Processing enabled by AI
- Novel Actuator
- Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence for Wireless Communications
- Reconfigurable Reflector Type Materials
- Individual Treatment Effect Estimation
- Acoustic Metamaterials
- Novel Technologies for GaN-based VCSELs
- Intelligent Sensing of Patient-Reported Outcomes
Click here for submission guidelines.
Submissions must be completed by 11:59 pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time; GMT-7) on September 15, 2020 / 8:59 am CEST (Central European Summer Time; GMT+2) September 16, 2020.