Sony Research Award Program

As part of one of the world's most innovative and recognizable brands, we are committed to support university research and innovation in the U.S., Canada, India, and select European countries, while also fostering partnerships with university faculty and researchers. 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 Focused Research Award create new opportunities for university faculties and research institutions to engage in pioneering research that could drive new technologies, industries and the future.


Faculty Innovation Award (See requirements for this award

  • Up to $100K USD* in funds to conduct cutting-edge research in Sony's general areas of interest 

Focused Research Award (See requirements for this award

  • Up to $150K USD* in funds to conduct research in the areas of Sony's immediate interest 


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 Americ

We accept applications that have a PI and one or more co-PIs for the same proposal as long as all co-PIs are from the same institution as the PI. However, only one award is made to the primary PI and the primary PI's university/institution if the proposal is selected. All co-PIs must meet the same eligibility criteria as that for a PI, and co-PIs will be required to sign program documents.

Multiple Proposal Submissions

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. Note that at the bottom of your submission confirmation email, there is a link to resubmit your proposal in the event that you discover that your original had an error or an omission. Please use this link for resubmissions and do not resubmit identical proposals. Also, please do not submit "test" submissions. In the rare event that you do not receive a confirmation email for your submission, please complete the Inquiry Form available here informing us of your issue.


Refer to the submission guidelines found here 


Contact Name: 
Sola Fasunwon
Grant Amount: 
$100,000-$150,000 USD
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Friday, September 15, 2023
Internal Deadline: 
Friday, September 8, 2023
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Grant Eligibility: