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Our mission

IBM University Awards support basic research, curriculum innovation, and educational assistance in focus areas that are fundamental to innovation in the 21st Century and strategic to IBM's core business. These focus areas include the following topics of particular interest:


We provide funding under two engagement models:

By open submissions

For these awards, we invite submission of proposals in response to solicited, published program announcements. Eligibility requirements and objectives for each competition are included in the invitation. Included in this group are IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards and IBM Innovation Awards.

By IBM nomination

These awards support the success of existing, active collaborations. Nominations for these awards are initiated by the IBM technical contact actively participating in the work. Included in this group are IBM Faculty Awards and IBM Shared University Research (SUR) Awards.

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