Sony Research Award Program

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 these research areas.

Focused Research Award

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). You can see a list of research topics here.


We accept applications from Principal Investigators (PIs) who are full-time professors (adjunct professors are not eligible) or researchers and are eligible to supervise Ph.D. students at a university/educational institution across the globe. 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.

See Full Eligibility & Application Details


Agency Name: 
Sony Enteratinment
Contact Name: 
Sola Fasunwon
Grant Amount: 
Up to $150,000 USD
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Internal Deadline: 
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Grant Eligibility: