IBM Faculty Awards

Supporting research and innovation

About the program

The IBM Faculty Award program fosters collaboration between researchers at leading universities and IBM Researchers and Technologists worldwide. IBM Faculty Awards are not contracts, and intellectual property belongs to the university. There can be no impending or ongoing commercial work related to the IBM Faculty Award application.


The SUR Awards program strives

To qualify for a Faculty Award, the nominee must be a full-time professor at an accredited university that has a PhD or Mastersʼ program in the nomineeʼs field. Candidates must have outstanding contributions in their field, or in the case of junior faculty, show unusual promise.

All IBM Faculty Award proposals must be submitted by IBM employees who collaborate with faculty members, or the institution, on a technical or research basis.

IBM does not accept unsolicited external requests for IBM Faculty Awards. IBM provides a limited number of awards each year at its discretion, and universities are capped at the number of awards that can be received within a calendar year. All IBM Faculty Award nomination applications are evaluated through a rigorous, multi-stage process and must comply with program requirements. No guarantee of an IBM Faculty Award, implied or otherwise, is made by IBM.

The nomination window for Faculty Awards is closed. Check back on this page periodically for announcement of the 2024 Faculty Awards.

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