Sony Research Award Program 2020




Sony Research Award Program

  1. Faculty Innovation Award
  2. Focused Research Award


Sony is committed to supporting university research and innovation in the U.S., Canada, 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 of up to $100K USD and up to $150K USD per year for each accepted proposal, both the Faculty Innovation Award and 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: Up to $100K USD in funds to conduct cutting-edge research in Sony's general areas of interest

Focused Research Award: Up to $150K USD in funds to conduct research in the areas of Sony's immediate interest

Target Research Topic

Select one Focused Research Theme for Focused Research Award proposals. Select one keyword (the single most relevant keyword to the proposal) for the Faculty Innovation Award.


Sony will 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 in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Full professors, associate professors, and assistant professors are eligible to apply.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Submit proposals for a one year period only. No multi-year proposals will be accepted. An extension of the research may be possible depending upon the results of the research collaboration in year one, but it will require a separate discussion with Sony for another award the following year.

Special Notes

Submission Terms and Conditions

The submitter must agree to the 2020 Sony Research Award Program Submission Terms and Conditions (click to see the PDF file) before submitting a proposal. The Office of Research Services (ORS) must receive a copy of the proposal and a completed OR5 by the internal deadline.  Once the proposal has been reviewed and the OR5 signed, ORS will confirm with the researcher that they may accept the Submission Terms and Conditions on behalf of the university and then submit the proposal to Sony.


Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit your proposal, along with an OR-5 Form to

External Deadline

Submissions to Sony must be completed by 11:59 pm PDT on September 15, 2020 (2:59 am EST on September 16, 2020).

Information For Co-applicants

Sony will accept applications that have a PI and one or more co-PIs for the same proposal. 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.

For Questions, please contact

Inquiries Related to the 2020 Sony Research Award Program

Please contact Sony via the Inquiry Form if you have a question regarding the 2020 Sony Research Award Program. The Research Award Program Administration Office is the only resource that can officially answer question(s).

Office of Research

Kristin Zimmermann, Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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