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IBM OCR awards program - FAQ

What is the purpose of the OCR Award?

The goals of the OCR are to:

  • Study highly complex topics that require significant collaboration;
  • Enable IBM and university participants, to forge deep relationships through multi-year collaborations;
  • Provide collaboration results freely to the public through open source and open standards communities.

What is the nature of the Award?

The OCR Award provides access to IBM research personnel and/or cash donations (average of $100,000 USD) donated for 2 years.

Who might be eligible for an OCR Award?

Faculty at leading universities worldwide are eligible.

How is the process initiated?

IBM initiates the process. Projects must be nominated by an IBM employee with common interests who will serve as a collaborator with the university faculty. If you are interested in pursuing a nomination for an OCR Award, we recommend that you speak with your IBM contacts in IBM Research.

When does the nomination process run?

The OCR process runs throughout the year.

What are some examples of open collaborative research?

We have several examples of research collaborations between IBM and universities.

Whom should I contact if I have additional questions regarding IBM’s collaborative research program?

You can send an e-mail to:

  • Dianne Fodell, Program Director, Faculty Awards and Open Collaborative Research Program ( dianne@us.ibm.com )