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IBM Academic Awards Program - FAQs

Are there specific guidelines for submitting an IBM Academic Award request?

Typically, requests with smaller scopes address a professor’s individual or limited Research, and requests can be for cash only. Larger IBM Academic Awards are often combinations of funding, services, IBM equipment, and IBM Cloud access. Award applications must convey that the proposal has been thought out and scoped correctly.

What is the role of the IBM Marketing and Sales teams?

Awards cannot be connected with any ongoing or impending commercial activity with IBM.

If a faculty member submits a successful Award application and leaves the University, can they take the award with them?

This is up to the University. All Awards are considered gifts to the University, and it is the intent of the program that they are used to support the efforts of the faculty member nominated for that Award.

I know a professor that just needs Cloud funding support. Is that this program?

Presently, the Awards program can fund access to the IBM Cloud on a limited basis for research. Should a professor need to host classes on the Cloud, there is a curriculum and Cloud access available through the IBM Academic Initiative.

How do I contact someone within IBM to submit an IBM Academic Award request?

It is recommended that you contact IBM employees from the IBM Research, Development, or Services organizations with whom you have an existing relationship. In most cases, such a relationship provides a good basis for developing a common interest for research collaboration or curriculum development. Additionally, we recommended that you contact IBM technical employees you already know through your professional organizations and activities. Many IBM technical personnel belong to professional societies, attend technical meetings, or publish articles in technical journals. In most cases, such a relationship provides a good basis for developing a common interest and research collaboration.
If your IBM contact is not familiar with the IBM Global University Program Academic Awards, that contact can access information via the IBM intranet. Remember, Awards cannot be associated with ongoing or impending commercial activity.

Are there specific guidelines for submitting IBM Academic Award requests?

IBM seeks to support proposals that stimulate growth in disciplines and geographies that are strategic to IBM. We also encourage work that will be placed in the public domain and openly shared for the benefit of the entire technical or business community. IBM's hope is that these awards encourage people to work together and openly share information, so that there is a benefit to the entire technical community in an area of interest to IBM.

When are nominations due?

Nominations are managed with an on-going process from January through October of a calendar year.

How many times can an individual receive a IBM Academic Award?

The IBM Global University Program Awards are based upon merit. Nominators and faculty work together to define a length of time that fits the scope of the Research. Upon the completion of the goals stated in the Award proposal, the nominator may submit another Award application for additional phases or a different research study. These nominations will engage in the same level of competition as first-time nominations.
IBM reserves the right to place limitations upon the IBM Academic Award program.